The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners Thursday selected 30 local organizations to receive a combined $1 million in grants through its Community Investment Sponsorship Program.

The program allocates grants from the Port of Los Angeles annually to support community projects focused on local workforce development, education, the environment and on promoting the city’s waterfront.

“The Port’s Community Investment Sponsorship Program continues to serve as an important vehicle to support innovative and promising local projects in the Los Angeles Harbor area,” Gene Seroka, executive director at the Port, said. “We’re proud to support programs like these that are truly making a difference in our Port communities.”

Port officials said the commission awarded $32,000 in small grants, $293,000 in the medium category and three large grants totaling $675,000.

A committee of three port personnel — a local representative from each of the San Pedro and Wilmington communities and a representative from City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office — selected the organizations to receive the funds.

Large category grant recipients this year included EXP for its Preparing the Next Generation Workforce Program; the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for its Topsail Youth Program; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor for its Port Ocean & Land Awareness Program.

Two local community clean-up groups secured grants in the medium grant category, which were Beacon House Association of San Pedro and Clean Wilmington for their clean-up and beautification work targeting their respective neighborhoods.

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