Regional Planning Councils, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council  

    Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

    Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council/CHNEP



    The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program. This cooperative program was established by Congress in 1987 under the Clean Water Act with the goal of recognizing estuaries of “national significance” by bringing partners with diverse interests and concerns together to protect these estuaries. There are 28 National Estuary Programs within this program. The CHNEP was established in 1995. The local host of the CHNEP is the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.

    OBJECTIVE: The CHNEP will consider public outreach grant applications for fiscal year 2012. Applications must advance the goals of the Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).

    INVITATION TO APPLY: The CHNEP must receive public outreach grant applications by 5:00 p.m. (Local Time), Wednesday, September 7, 2011. The CHNEP reserves the right to reject any or all applications. The Program hereby solicits applications for public outreach projects. Any Florida resident, organization, business, government agency, school, college or university may submit an application. The project must occur within the Program study area of Lee, Charlotte, Hardee and DeSoto counties and portions of Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Public outreach grant funding will not exceed $5,000.00 per application. Matching funds or in-kind match is recommended but not required. More than one application may be submitted for each entity but each application must be submitted separately and must follow the instructions and requirements.

    HOW TO APPLY: The document “Requests for Public Outreach Grant Applications” is available on the website at Direct all inquiries regarding this grant application to: Ms. Maran Hilgendorf, CHNEP Communications Manager, email:, Phone: (239)338-2556, ext. 240, Toll-Free 1(866)835-5785, ext. 240, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, 1926 Victoria Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901-3414.

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