Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LA Port Launches Investment Grant Program

The Port of Los Angeles is introducing a pilot program that will provide $50,000 in grant funding for local programs and events benefiting the Los Angeles Harbor and waterfront.

“This pilot grant program is designed to help the Port of Los Angeles reach and support a variety of local organizations undertaking programs and projects that positively impact our local port community,” Cynthia Ruiz, the port’s Deputy Executive Director for External Relations said in a statement announcing the program.

In addition to supporting efforts that promote the LA Waterfront and surrounding coastal areas as vibrant visitor destinations, grants will also be awarded to organizations focused on educating the community about environmental stewardship and sustainability, the benefits of international trade, security and safety and maritime history and tradition.

Grant applications for the new Community Investment Sponsorship Program are due by Sept. 20, 2013.

The program will make funds available in increments of up to $5,000 per requesting organization. Nonprofit organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to apply, and funds must be spent by June 30, 2014.

A grant committee made up of port and community representatives will review and approve all grant applications. Funds for this program come from Port of Los Angeles revenues.

The Community Investment Sponsorship Program grant application can be seen and downloaded at the port’s website: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/pdf/Community_Investment_Grant_Program_%20PILOT-PROGRAM-2013.pdf. For additional information or questions, applicants may call the port’s public relations department at (310) 732-3508.