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UWCK Seeks Request for Proposals for Reef Restoration at Looe Key

The United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) is pleased to announce the release of a ‘Reef Revitalization’ Request for Proposal (RFP) to further support local coral restoration efforts. This grant opportunity is part of UWCK’s larger initiative -- ‘Revitalizing the Florida Keys through Reef Restoration and Beyond,’ with support from the United Arab Emirates.  
Up to $377,718 will be available to coral restoration practitioners expanding Mission: Iconic Reefs restoration efforts at Looe Key during the next 4 years. The application for funding will be open through the UWCK grant management portal until December 3, 2021. Applicants will be required to provide a 1:1 private sector match on awarded funds, culminating in approximately $755,000 towards restoration. Grant priorities will focus on Phase 1A of Mission: Iconic Reefs, financial impacts to the Monroe County workforce, community stewardship and volunteer strategies, and engagement with students studying in related marine-science fields.   
UWCK is working to revitalize the very lifeblood of the Florida Keys community, the coral reefs, while supporting project sustainability through related education. 
Photo Credit:  Jessica Levy, Coral Restoration Foundation