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CHNEP Micro-Grant applications due Sept. 7th

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The CHNEP offers Public Outreach Grants once a year, with applications due September 7. The maximum grant request is $5,000 but most applications are funded in the $2,500 to $3,000 range. Review the guidance document to learn more and to obtain the two one-page forms that must be part of each application.

The CHNEP offers Micro-Grants throughout the year for projects that can begin after October 1 and conclude by August 31. Most grant requests are up to $250 but a few requests for more support have been approved. Applications are considered when they are received. (As of Aug. 12, 2016, the CHNEP is able to support a few more projects that can be completed quickly.) Awards are made until all funds for the year have been obligated. Applicants are reimbursed funds once a final report and an invoice for work accomplished are accepted. Most projects must be completed so that a final report and invoice are received by CHNEP by August 31.

Apply for a micro-grant by completing a micro-grant application (also provided below) and sending it either in the body of an email message or attached as a Word document to Maran@CHNEP.org. Please include "micro-grant request" in the subject line. You will receive the funding decision by email. That email will contain critical information about how to accept the terms of the micro-grant and how to proceed in order to receive reimbursement for your micro-grant. If the request is approved, you must be recognized by the City of Punta Gorda, CHNEP's fiscal host, as a vendor. If you are not currently in their system, a W-9 form will be required. Additional guidance on this will be included with the funding decision notice.

The CHNEP also offers grant-writing and administration assistance for projects that help protect and restore our estuaries and watersheds. Contact Liz Donley to discuss possible assistance.

Thank you for your efforts to protect the natural environment of southwest Florida.

Maran Brainard Hilgendorf, Communications Manager
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
maran@chnep.org • (941) 575-3374
www.CHNEP.org • Toll-Free (866) 835-5785
As of October 1, 2014: 326 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda FL 33950