SIMA Environmental Fund

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: To apply, inquire with SIMA . When the process beings in November each year, they will email a link to the online application to current grant recipients and any other groups that have asked to apply during the year. Applications are generally due in December. 

The SIMA Environmental Fund was created to serve as the environmental arm of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association by raising funds from the public through fundraisers and solicitations. The SIMA Environmental Fund uses these funds to support ecological and environmental organizations whose efforts are focused on enhancing the ocean and beach environment through clean water initiatives, surf preservation/access and ocean conservation education.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund operates through a grant-making program. Tax-exempt environmental groups and organizations wishing to receive funding from the Environmental Fund must submit and have approved by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors a grant request form that details the group’s plans for the requested funds. Since its creation in 1989, more than $8 million in grants have been awarded to various environmental groups through the SIMA Environmental Fund.

The annual Waterman’s Weekend, including the Waterman’s Golf Tournament and Waterman’s Ball and Auction, has served as the main fundraising source for the SIMA Environmental Fund since its inception. This year Waterman’s will be held Saturday August 3rd, 2019 at The Ranch in Laguna Beach, CA. Please click here for more information on Waterman’s Weekend.

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  • Groups that receive support will share the same mission of SIMA: to keep the oceans and beaches healthy for surfers. 
  • Projects tend to fall in one of three pillars of work
    • Surf break protection
    • Clean water/beach initiatives in surf zones
    • Ocean conservation education in surf zones.