Port of Long Beach continues investments in community groups
The Port of Long Beach will accept applications for its community sponsorship program during the month of September. The Harbor Department provides sponsorship funds to socially responsible local groups for community events and activities that also help to inform residents about the Port while making Long Beach a better place to live and work, the port said in its press release.
Sponsorship funding requests will be accepted from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The next call for applications will be in March.
Applicants are advised to plan ahead for their events — after the application period closes, it will take about 45 days before recommendations will be sent to the Board of Harbor Commissioners for a decision. It is expected funding will be announced in mid-November. There is no restriction on organizations that have received past awards. Applicants are judged on how they can help the Port inform the community of the many ways the Port of Long Beach is an integral part of Long Beach.
In May, Harbor Commissioners awarded 83 sponsorships totaling $359,795 to community organizations representing the arts, environment, social justice and historic preservation. During the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Port gave $737,995 to community groups.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a primary gateway for transpacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports worldwide, the Port handles trade valued at more than $155 billion each year and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Southern California. Founded in 1911, the Port enters its second century with more than $4 billion in planned capital improvements over the next decade to support trade growth and strengthen its ability to serve the goods-movement industry, Port clients and the community.
The Port of Long Beach is a public agency managed and operated by the City of Long Beach Harbor Department. The Port is governed by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners