Int'l - $4 MILLION SECURED FOR CARYSFORT REEF RESTORATION

Coral Restoration Foundation was recently awarded a grant of just under $2 million by United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) to expand work at Carysfort Reef off northern Key Largo over the next five years.

Coral Restoration Foundation was recently awarded a grant of just under $2 million by United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) to expand work at Carysfort Reef off northern Key Largo over the next five years.

This competitive grant is part of UWCK’s Revitalizing the Florida Keys through Reef Restoration and Beyond Initiative, with support from the United Arab Emirates. This funding was the first significant investment in restoration work on sites covered by “Mission: Iconic Reefs” — one of the largest reef restoration efforts in the world.

The Coral Restoration Foundation will secure a one-to-one match of the awarded funds, culminating in almost $4 million for restoration efforts.

Grant efforts will prioritize restoration progress toward “Mission: Iconic Reefs,” financial impacts to Monroe County families living paycheck to paycheck, volunteerism and engagement with students studying marine science.

UWCK’s goal is to revitalize the coral reefs — a lifeblood of the Florida Keys economy — while supporting sustainability through education. Restoring the local reefs will improve coastal protection and provide economic stability for residents, furthering UWCK’s efforts to create thriving communities by improving the financial stability of Keys families.

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