The Port of Los Angeles announced Thursday it has awarded $1 million in non-taxpayer grants to 29 organizations as part of its fiscal year 2020-21 Community Investment Sponsorship Program.
The Harbor Commission approved the allocations, and funding is for initiatives and programs trying to directly benefit the Los Angeles Harbor communities of Wilmington and San Pedro, as well as the waterfront.
“The Port of Los Angeles is proud to be able to continue supporting these high-caliber local organizations and all the important work that they do in the Harbor Community, particularly during these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Harbor Commission President Jaime Lee said. “The initiatives approved today will go a long way in making a meaningful and noticeable impact in our surrounding communities.”
The Port awarded grants in three categories: small ($5,000 and under), medium (between $5,001 and $99,999) and large ($100,000 or more).
The grants are focused on programs and events that support the environment, maritime-related workforce development and education, the port stated. As an added precaution this year, all grant applications were reviewed for adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols and policies.
Organizations that received funding in the large grant category were EXP, the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor. All three of these organizations received the second installment of a two-year grant commitment announced in 2019, the port stated. Second-year award balances were $325,000, $250,000 and $100,000 respectively.
EXP’s grant will support youth maritime education programs, focused on generating awareness, interest, work experience and preparation for careers in the maritime industry, the port stated.
The LAMI award will support TopSail, its experiential education program for at-risk youth, and the Boys & Girls Club’s grant will provide local youth with hands-on activities and learning opportunities in the areas of maritime, water-related recreation, fishing and other ocean-related industries.
Among the medium category winners this year, Clean Wilmington, a program of the South Bay Center for Counseling, plans to use $44,950 to continue community clean-ups and neighborhood beautification efforts.
A $10,000 grant to the Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will go toward the creation of a digital timeline history of the port.
To support native bird rescue, rehabilitation and crisis response, the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro was awarded a $15,000 grant, the port stated.
The port stated all grant applications were reviewed by a committee comprised of a representative from the San Pedro community, the Wilmington community and three internal port staff members.
Since fiscal year 2013-14, the Community Investment Grants Program has funded 235 grants for a total of $7 million in support.
A full list of all grant recipients and programs can be found at kentico.portoflosangeles.org/getmedia/f8b5091a-7aed-4062-8650-dddf912fa342/Port-of-Los-Angeles-Community-Investment-Grants-Program-FY-20-21.
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