2022 Grant Application
The application deadline was March 15, 2022. Check back in mid-May to see who was awarded a grant.
In 2021, Clean Galveston completed its first annual grant cycle. Applicants were considered from qualifying 501(c) 3/ tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and programs operating within the City of Galveston, Texas.
Three $5000 grants were awarded and the organizations and projects that were funded can be seen below.
Galveston Bay Foundation
Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) is a conservation nonprofit that has served as guardian of Galveston Bay since 1987. Their mission is to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come.
Clean Galveston has awarded funds for GBF’s Galveston Bay Shoreline Marine Debris Removal and Research program. The program includes removal and research events that engage volunteers in protecting Galveston Bay. Community members remove debris from Galveston shorelines on a monthly basis and are also engaged in informal education. The data collected from these events will guide the direction of future outreach and advocacy work on local and national levels. The ongoing research events include conducting monthly marine debris accumulation surveys and entering the data into a national database that contributes to research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Accumulation surveys are a comprehensive survey done with the help of volunteers to track new marine debris accumulation over time and include monthly removal of all debris within a 100 meter stretch of shoreline. Two of the current surveys are conducted on Pelican Island in Galveston: one site in partnership with students at Texas A&M University Galveston (TAMUG) located adjacent to the Pelican Island Causeway Bridge, and second in partnership with the Port of Galveston located midway along the Galveston Channel. The Clean Galveston grant will enable the continuation of the two Pelican Island surveys and add a third survey near Seawolf Park.
The Galveston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was organized in 2010. The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.
Clean Galveston has awarded funds to the Galveston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for their “Hold on To Your Butt” (HOTYB) campaign. This campaign was launched in 2020 to educate people, visitors and residents, about the dangers of cigarette butt litter to the environment and to provide receptacles for the disposal of that litter. Galveston Surfrider has partnered with the Galveston Park Board and is collaborating with Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) to install and maintain "butt cans" at a number of locations on the seawall, downtown, parks, and fishing piers throughout Galveston Island. Galveston Surfrider provides, installs, and maintains the cans. Volunteers with Surfrider and TIRN will routinely empty the cans, collect their contents for recycling. The HOTYB program plans is to install at least 40 additional butt cans around Galveston by December 2021. Galveston Surfrider, TIRN, and the Galveston Park Board will all work to educate our community through Public Service Announcements, promotional videos, print ads, social media, group encounters, and beach cleanups.
Galveston's Own Farmer's Market
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market (GOFM) was founded in 2012 with a mission to build and sustain a local food community through a vibrant producers-only marketplace, improved food access, and educational programming. GOFM brings locally-grown organic produce, prepared foods & edible farm products to residents of Galveston at our year-round Sunday markets, teaches free Community Cooking Classes, hosts Community dinners and builds gardens at schools and community sites while teaching students and volunteers every step of their stewardship.
Clean Galveston has awarded funds to GOFM for their Young Gardeners and Victory Gardens Programs. These programs maintain seven garden locations in Galveston geared toward cultivating a healthy community and environment by maintaining and developing sites in schools and community spaces as nature-filled community hubs that improve the aesthetics of the island while producing food for children at Galveston ISD (GISD) and food-insecure families across the island. The funds from the grant will be used to install upgraded composting systems in at least 4 of the garden locations. The garden sites will also contain recycling receptacles to encourage responsible disposal of recyclable materials. On regular community work days throughout the year, volunteers will collect trash and litter from the areas surrounding the garden sites.