The Port of Los Angeles announced Thursday that its Community Investment Grant Program awarded $1 million to 27 local nonprofits to support events, programs and projects that benefit the harbor community.

“This year’s nonprofit grantees and all past recipients play a vital role in our community, delivering important and valuable services and activities that help make the Los Angeles Harbor area stronger, more resilient and more connected,” said Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner President Jaime Lee. “The Port of Los Angeles is proud to support such worthy and dedicated organizations.”

A total of 49 organizations applied for the program’s small grants of less than $5,000, medium grants up to $99,999, and large grants of at least $100,000. The grants are meant to support local workforce development, education, the environment and LA Waterfront.

Grants of at least $100,000 were given to EXP and the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. EXP will use the funding to develop its next-generation workforce and support youth maritime education programs that generate awareness, interest, work experience and career preparation in the maritime industry. LAMI will use its grant to support its experimental education sailing program, TopSail, which serves at-risk youth.

In the medium grant category, Clean Wilmington was awarded $60,000 for its beautification and cleanup efforts; Friends of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was awarded $30,000 to recruit for its 2022 Whale Fiesta educational celebration and other initiatives; and San Pedro’s International Bird Rescue Center was awarded $15,000 for its rescue and rehabilitation efforts of native aquatic birds, as well as its 50th anniversary outreach activities.

Small grant awards were given to the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor, the San Pedro Waterfront and Arts District, and the Wilmington YMCA, among others.

Over the last eight years, the port has awarded 235 grants totaling $7 million. Funds come from Port of Los Angeles revenues, not taxpayer dollars.

The grants’ recipients are chosen by a committee of six people: three from the Port’s Community Relations Division, one from the Wilmington Chamber, one from the San Pedro Chamber and one from Los Angeles City Council District 15. This year, the panel also considered the applicants’ compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

The full list of grant winners is available at

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