Port of Los Angeles awards $1 million in grants to 30 local organizations

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Officials at the Port of Los Angeles announced Thursday the selection of 30 Southland organizations to receive a combined $1 million in grants through its Community Investment Sponsorship Program.

The program, which supports community projects focusing on workforce, environmentalism and waterfront development, received 49 applications this year, according to Port officials.

Grant winners were chosen by a committee composed of three Port personnel, a local representative from each of the San Pedro and Wilmington communities, and a representative from LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office, according to Port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.

Sanfield also made it clear the grants were not funded through taxpayer money. Instead, the funding comes from shipping and lease revenues in the Harbor Department’s annual budget.

The three largest grants totaled $675,000. That money went to EXP for its Preparing the Next Generation Workforce Program; the Los Angeles Maritime Institute for its Topsail Youth Program; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor for its Port Ocean & Land Awareness Program.

Other winners include International Bird Rescue, Los Angeles Sailing Foundation, Port of Los Angeles High School and San Pedro City Ballet.

“The Port’s Community Investment Sponsorship Program continues to serve as an important vehicle to support innovative and promising local projects in the Los Angeles Harbor area,” Gene Seroka, Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, said. “We’re proud to support programs like these that are truly making a difference in our Port communities.”

Except for the top three recipients, all grant awardees must spend the new funds by June 30, 2020. The top three recipients have until June 30, 2021 to do so.

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