Passionately protecting and restoring our coastal waters
Grants are absolutely essential to the work we do at Seaside Sustainability because they allow us to fund waterway cleanups, marine debris education, water quality testing, reducing pollution levels, hiring interns, blue technologies, and a variety of other projects that we must invest in.
The people and businesses providing these grants have been so wonderful in helping us make a difference locally and globally since Seaside Sustainability was founded in 2017. We are looking forward to taking more action for the environment in years to come, and that could not happen without the generosity of our supporters and the grants they have provided.
Funded four seasons of intern coordinators for the purpose of overseeing and providing an organized and worthwhile experience for all of our interns. With the funds, we trained and managed two intern coordinators who were instrumental in managing our local and virtual internship programs. The positions allowed for increased satisfaction, quality and performance, and project contribution from our interns.
Funds the expansion of Seaside’s free STEM educational programs to introduce the Washed Ashore curriculum, providing K-college students a comprehensive look at the marine debris issue through the use of the OpenROV Trident bluetech drone which can be piloted by participants and give them a glimpse of sunken debris.
Funds the purchase and use of 100% acrylic, non-toxic safe Decoturf paints within the Gloucester public school Drain smART curriculum. The program has elevated the awareness in the community regarding the connection between storm drains and the oceans through local and student art projects. Interest for this project has expanded to include other Essex County schools.
New England Biolabs Corporate Grants
Funded Green and Asian Crab mitigation projects and mudflat acidification testing along the North Shore through Seaside’s Marine Science and Education program. With the help of volunteers, Seaside was able to remove over 5000lbs of these invasive species sustainably in an effort to lessen the negative impacts on the sensitive coastal and intertidal environments and record the impacts of rising ocean temperatures on the local mudflats.
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund- Seed Grant
Funded the purchase of crab traps to expand the scope of the Green Crab Mitigation project. With the help of volunteers, Seaside has sustainably removed over 5000lbs of this invasive species, giving the sensitive intertidal communities a chance to restore their productivity.
Cell Signaling Technologies
Funded the advancement of four local community engagement programs around Cape Ann, namely through the purchase of crab traps for Asian Shore and Green Crab mitigation, expansion and support the Drain smART initiative and local artists, and installment of monofilament collection and cigarette butt receptacles, for fishing lines and cigarette butts respectively, to reduce future marine debris.
Funded the Marine Citizen Science and Local Initiatives programs to remove and mitigate Asian Shore Crab and European Green Crab populations. With the traps, Seaside was able to collect and remove 5000lbs of invasive crabs from the Essex River with the help of 550 volunteers, providing those involved with a unique educational and community engagement opportunity.
This grant funded the purchase and use of crab traps to further Seaside’s invasive species removal and mitigation efforts of the Asian Shore Crabs and European Green Crabs around Cape Ann as well as provide curricular opportunities for the Marine Citizen Science and Local Initiatives programs. During trapping season and with the help of 550 volunteers, Seaside was able to sustainably remove 5000lbs of invasive crabs from the Essex River.
Cell Signaling Technologies
Funded the Seaside Education Adventure (SEA) summer program which promotes stewardship of the ocean through education and guided field-based demonstrations. The program was able to host 25 participants, ages 8-15, each week during the summer, establishing a new cohort of marine stewards in the Cape Ann community.
New England Biolabs Foundation
Funded the expansion of the Seaside Education Adventure Program and the implementation Drain smART Initiative. Seaside has now replaced the Seaside Education Adventure Program with a variety of field trip opportunities for students along the North Shore. Additionally, the Drain smART Initiative has expanded from Gloucester public schools to involvement from other Essex County schools.
New England Grassroots
Funded the purchase of reusable bags to further Seaside’s push for single use plastic bans. Seaside has been instrumental in the single use plastic bans that have come into effect in Gloucester, Beverly, and Rockport, with Rockport’s being one of the most comprehensive bans in the country.
Funded equipment used to support the management and logistics of the Seaside Education Adventure (SEA) summer program, a free week-long summer marine adventure opportunity for kids living within the Cape Ann community. The program attracted 25 participants each week during the summer and provided demonstrations on topics such as basic sailing, boat safety, oceanography, and marine biology.
Funded general operational expenses as well as allowed for the expansion of multiple projects including student field trips and scholarship program and the initiation of the Seabin project. Seaside is now an agent of Seabins and operates and owns multiple that have been cleaning marinas and harbors of debris along the North Shore.
Essex Heritage Foundation
Funded the operation of the SEA Marine Life Exploration for students which provided them an opportunity to learn about basic seamanship skills, research skills, the marine environment and oceanology, and the consequences of human action on our environment. Currently, Seaside offers a variety of field trips for students of all ages that give them experience in a variety of environmental fields through a hands-on approach.