Public Involvement and Education

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What Funds Are Available?

A total of $65,000 is available this round. Because the PIE Program is intended to provide support for a variety of programs, the maximum financial support that will be awarded to any project is $10,000.

The PIE Fund is not actually a grant program, but rather a "contract for services" program. This means that successful candidates will be reimbursed for funds spent rather than be provided with funds up front.

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The deadline to apply is Monday, March 4, 2002.

Welcome to Round Six of the
Public Involvement and Education (PIE) Program.

This mini-grants program is designed to encourage and support the development of a wide range of public involvement and education projects that educate Los Angeles County residents about ways to restore and protect Santa Monica Bay. Because people learn in differing ways - by doing, watching, reading, and playing - the PIE program supports projects that raise awareness of Bay-related issues utilizing a variety of approaches. This includes engaging people in active programs to protect the Bay (i.e., volunteer events, residential hazardous waste collection, citizen monitoring programs, hands-on education, etc.) as well as other outreach approaches (i.e., workshops, conferences, tours, exhibits, posters, brochures, etc.). Successful applicants are provided with the financial assistance needed to educate various audiences about basic water quality and habitat issues, as well as Bay resources and challenges.

Each cycle, PIE identifies the issues it considers the top educational priorities in the watershed and solicits projects that will carry out the goals and objectives of those priorities. Collectively, they address the public information needs identified in both the SMBRP's Bay Restoration Plan and by the Bay Watershed Council. This years priority Projects include:

  • Invasive Species
  • Septic Systems
  • Used Paint/Paint Brushes
  • Riparian Corridors
  • Bird Habitats
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • Kelp Forests & Intertidal Zones
  • Overfishing
  • Trash and Debris
  • “Wild Card” Entry
The SMBRP believes that any individual or group can be successful in developing a PIE proposal and carrying out an effective educational project; the best proposals generally offer fresh, innovative approaches to environmental education and community outreach. The secret to success lies in: 1) building partnerships with other organizations, agencies, environmental groups, or people who share an interest in Santa Monica Bay and 2) connecting with your target audience using techniques best suited to their method of learning.

The SMBRP encourages various Santa Monica Bay "communities" (community groups, educators, trade and business associations, planners, artists, public agencies, scientists and others) to submit a two-page proposal detailing how they would design and implement any of the priority projects listed using the guidelines contained in the PIE Round 6 Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP will provide you all the information you’ll need on the the criteria that will be used to select proposals for funding, the proposal format that must be followed, and an example of how your budget information should be structured. The priority projects summaries in the RFP include the basic topic, target audience, and goals/objectives to be achieved. We are looking for creative step-by-step approaches to reach these goals. That is where you come in — your innovative ideas about how a particular priority project could be implemented are needed! Please keep in mind that all proposals submitted will be evaluated only under one topic. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for more than one priority project, please submit each project idea separately. If you would like to be included on the PIE mailing list, please send us an


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