Port Offering Community Grants, Workshops Scheduled for Applicants

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About $2.6 million in grant funding is now available through the Community Mitigation Grant Programs, which are designed to offset the environmental impact of the Port in the communities nearest the Port and its trade corridors. Grant funding for this round comes from Port projects such as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment and the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project.

Two workshops are scheduled for each grant category:

Schools and Related Sites Workshops

  • 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
  • 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, 1401 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


Health Care and Senior Facilities Workshops

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Miller Family Health Education Center
  • 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Mark Twain Neighborhood Library.

Projects for schools and related sites, such as day-care and youth centers, may include installation of high-performance filters, heating and air-conditioning upgrades or replacements, and window and door replacements. Other projects will be considered for funding, too.

Health care grants will be awarded to projects that detect or diagnose respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems. They may involve screening and diagnosis, health monitoring, educational programs that address ways to reduce exposure to emissions, and outreach to identify and help those at particular risk of pollution-related health conditions.

Projects already funded through Port grants include a mobile clinic for St. Mary Medical Center, a cardiopulmonary lab at Long Beach Comprehensive Medical Center, filter replacements throughout Long Beach schools and window replacements at Long Beach community centers.

Applications and guidelines are available at

http://www.polb.com/environment/grants/apply/schools.asp (for school grants)

http://www.polb.com/environment/grants/apply/health.asp (for health care grants).

For more information, call 888-789-GRANT (888-789-4726).

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