HCBF Awards $570,000 in Grants to Address Port Impacts

HCBF Awards $570,000 in Community Benefit Grants to 20 Organizations Serving San Pedro and Wilmington

SAN PEDRO, CA– On Friday, October 16, 2014, Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) received unanimous support from the Port of LA Board of Harbor Commissioners to release $570,000 for the second annual round of Community Benefit Grants from the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund.

The grants were awarded from HCBF’s highly competitive Community Benefit Grant program, designed to mitigate the impact of Port of Los Angeles and Port-related operations in Wilmington and San Pedro. In the second round of annual grants, HCBF considered a total of 63 applications under three categorical themes: 1) beautification, stewardship & sustainability, 2) youth and maritime career development, and 3) community resources with a Tidelands nexus. Proposals were evaluated on their ability to address Port impacts, measure success, and collaborate with community stakeholders, among other criteria.

“We are excited to support the diversity of services this new group will provide to Wilmington and San Pedro residents,” said Mary Silverstein, HCBF’s Executive Director. “Our latest round of funding will directly address Port impacts through tangible projects that improve air quality, enhance neighborhood aesthetics, increase public access to coastal resources, and connect youth to Port-related careers.”

Unique to this round is a grant to Two Bit Circus for its inaugural “STEAM Carnival” to be held on Friday, October 24 at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles (112 E 22nd St #10, Los Angeles, CA 90731). The event is a modern take on the carnival and will introduce  students to a wide array of interesting Port-related career concepts in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). HCBF’s grant will support admission and field trips for approximately 1,600 Wilmington and San Pedro K-12 students to attend the world-class event.

Other funded projects and programs include: beautification and cleanup of streets, medians, and truck routes; restoration of a coastal nature preserve; environmental education programs; wetlands, marine life, and maritime internship programs; oil spill response education; youth sailing scholarships; and community gardens bordered by trees to absorb carbon dioxide and improve air quality.

Community Benefit Grant Round 2 Recipients:

  1. Beacon House Association of San Pedro
  2. Cabrillo Beach Youth Sailing Club
  3. Clean San Pedro
  4. COPE Preparedness
  5. Foundation for Marine Animal Husbandry
  6. Friends of Banning Museum
  7. Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  8. Harbor Interfaith Services
  9. International Bird Rescue
  10. International Trade Education Programs
  11. Los Angeles Waterkeeper
  12. Pacific Battleship Center
  13. Pacific Unicomm (Clean Wilmington)
  14. Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
  15. Rainbow Services
  16. Saints Peter and Paul Poverty Program
  17. SBCC Thrive LA
  18. Toberman Neighborhood Center
  19. Two Bit Circus (Fiscal Sponsor: LA Fund)
  20. Tzu Chi Foundation

Questions: (310) 997-7116, ata@hcbf.org

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2011. Its mission is to assess, protect, and improve the health, quality of life, aesthetics, and physical environment of the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, California, which have been impacted by the Port of Los Angeles. HCBF accomplishes this through grantmaking, independent research, and community engagement.