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GRANTS

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. 

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Hooper

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The funds, if awarded, will be used to pay the subscription and featured placement fees on the recruitment sites Seaside Sustainability uses to connect with new interns. Job listing placement and advertising fees for Chegg, Indeed, Handshake, Simplicity and LinkedIn are $200 each annually. By paying for featured placement and advertising our open positions, we are able to attract and connect with students across the country to support our organization and offer them extracurricular, professional development internship opportunities, which has also allowed us to enable knowledge sharing with children of Essex, Manchester and other local communities.

Cell Signaling Technologies

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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

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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

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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.

EBSCO Foundation

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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.

Essex Heritage Foundation

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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.

New England Grassroots

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Funded and provided support to the Drain smART Initiative in Gloucester. Since, Seaside has expanded this public art education program, which seeks to raise awareness about ocean pollution via storm drains, to other Essex County schools.

Horizon Foundation

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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.

Cell Signaling Technologies

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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.

Hooper

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The funds, if awarded, will be used to pay the subscription and featured placement fees on the recruitment sites Seaside Sustainability uses to connect with new interns. Job listing placement and advertising fees for Chegg, Indeed, Handshake, Simplicity and LinkedIn are $200 each annually. By paying for featured placement and advertising our open positions, we are able to attract and connect with students across the country to support our organization and offer them extracurricular, professional development internship opportunities, which has also allowed us to enable knowledge sharing with children of Essex, Manchester and other local communities.

EBSCO Foundation

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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.

Captain Planet Foundation

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Funds the Water Quality Initiative, a program to provide free water quality data, from testing performed in Gloucester Harbor by the Marine Science program and Gloucester public school students, to the public, other organizations, and the City of Gloucester.

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund- Seed Grant

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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.

Brace Cove Foundation

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Help to fund the essential day-to-day operations necessary to keep Seaside growing and educating. Through the efforts of Seaside, the Cape Ann community has become more environmentally informed and aware.

New England Biolabs Corporate Grants

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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.

Puffin West

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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.

PE Babson

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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.

Bruce J. Anderson

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Funds the Drain smART curriculum, jointly supported by the Gloucester Education Foundation and Seaside, providing marine debris education and engagement opportunities for school children through classroom learning and community art projects.

Hooper Fund

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Assists in funding the purchase and operation of the OpenROV Trident bluetech drone which will be used as an integral part of the new Washed Ashore STEM curriculum, exposing K-college students through a hands-on approach to the marine debris problem.

EBSCO

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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.

CST Education in Science

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The Cell Signaling Technology grant funds are expected to expand access to GSGD to better serve middle/high school students, teachers and a portion of the most inequitable public schools across Essex County. Based on 2019-2020 public middle and high school enrollment data across Essex county provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE), there are 54,984 students with the potential opportunity to benefit from STEM career readiness through GSGD. Additionally, there are 178 classrooms with either middle or high school students, indicating that the program has the potential to enhance the STEM teaching tools and professional development of 178 teachers as well.

Kurt Giessler Foundation- Ambition Grant

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Funds direct actions in the Cape Ann area related to monitoring, filtering, separation and removal of debris from marine environments.