Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is now accepting proposals for Better Beaches Program Grants to support free
events and activities on the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches in 2015.
This year, at the
recommendation of the Metropolitan
Beaches Commission, the Legislature appropriated funds to
support free events and programs on the beach in Lynn, Nahant, Revere,
Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, Hull and in the Boston
Harbor Islands. The Department of
Conservation and Recreation has asked Save
the Harbor/Save the Bay to invest these funds along with the proceeds from
this year’s Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash
as part of our Better Beaches Program.
As a result, we are delighted to announce that this
year Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will distribute more than $190,000 to support
free events and programs on the region’s public beaches in 2015!
Save the Harbor/Save the
Bay launched the Better Beaches Program
in 2008 to help friends groups in Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and
beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket create and sustain free events
and activities on our region’s public beaches. Each year, Save the Harbor hosts
its annual Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash
pledge fundraiser during which hundreds of participants show their support for
their beach by “splashing” into the cold water to raise funds to support these
free, family-friendly events.
Over the last seven years, thanks to the
support of our funding partners and the success of the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash, our Better Beaches Program has invested more than $205,000
in small grants to beaches friends groups in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop,
East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. Our partners, in turn, have leveraged our
funds with additional cash and in-kind support for a total investment of
$1,020,722 to fund 214 free events and programs.
Better Beaches Program Grants range from $500 - $10,000, with a typical grant
of $3,500. In rare cases we may consider a larger grant. All these great events have one thing in common: They bring people together to
strengthen their communities and enjoy our region's most stunning natural
resources, the 19 miles of public
swimming beaches that connect us to each other and to Boston Harbor, Mass Bay
and Broad Sound.
It is easy to apply for a
grant – all you have to do is send us a brief letter outlining your request.
Please be sure to include the following information
in your request:
- The name of your
organization (include website and Facebook page)
- The beach (or
beaches) where you propose to hold your event(s) or program(s)
information for the event(s) or program(s) leader
- The title, description
and tentative date(s) of your proposed event(s) or program(s)
- The total
estimated cost of your event(s) or program(s), including in-kind support.
- The amount of money
you are requesting
- Other partners
and funders that support your event(s) or program(s)
- Plans to
promote your event(s) or program(s)
- Be sure to
tell us what excites you about your proposed event(s) or program(s)
- Feel free to
include other materials that support your request.
In May, the Better Beaches
Grants Committee will review the proposals. We may have additional questions
for you, so please be sure to include up to date contact information for the
event or program leader. We expect to notify recipients of our decisions by the
end of May.
We will present the checks
at our annual BETTER BEACHES AWARD
RECEPTION on Saturday, June 6, 2015 on Boston’s Fish Pier at 10:30 am,
which all grant recipients are expected to attend. If you receive a grant, you
will also be required to complete a closeout report after your event, and send
us copies of event materials, photographs and news clips.
In the past we have supported
events that are as diverse as the beachfront communities and waterfront
neighborhoods that host them. They include concert series, kite festivals,
sand-sculpting competitions, campfires, art festivals, neighborhood beach
parties, and family reading and movie nights on the beach.
We look forward to hearing
from you about your ideas for 2015.
All the best,
& Bruce Berman
Patricia Foley and Bruce
Save the Harbor/Save the
P.S. Please feel free to
distribute this Request for Proposals
widely, and to contact Bruce Berman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell at 617-293-6243 with any questions
about the Better Beaches Program or your request.