The Port of Long Beach will hold workshops in March for local groups interested in applying for Community Grants Program funding to provide park space, tackle indoor air pollution and boost energy efficiency.
Two presentations will be held for potential applicants on Wednesday, March 13 in the Board Room at the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach 90815. The first workshop, at 1 p.m., will cover indoor air filtration and energy-efficiency projects, and another, at 2 p.m., parks and open space projects.
In 2016, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved more than $46 million to be allocated over the next 12 to 15 years through the Community Grants Program, which is designed to help those in the community who are most vulnerable to port-related impacts. The grants program is divided into three areas of focus: Community Health, Facility Improvements and Community Infrastructure. This year’s solicitations will seek eligible projects under Community Infrastructure Program (parks and open space) and the Facilities Improvements Program (air filtration and energy efficiency). More information can be found here.
For this year's solicitations, proposed projects must be located in the program’s priority zone. The priority zone is identified as the area most impacted by port operations, and starts in downtown Long Beach and extends north along Interstate 710. It includes parts of Wilmington, Carson, Compton and Paramount.
To date, more than $8 million has been awarded under the Community Grants Program. Including money awarded under a previous grant program, the Port of Long Beach has given about $25.8 million for community-centered environmental grants and committed almost $65 million, more than any seaport in the nation.
RSVP to the workshops by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (562) 283-7133. Requests for translation must be received by March 6.
For more information on the grants program, go to www.polb.com/grants. The workshop will be broadcast live at www.polb.com/webcast.