• 2020 FOPB Grant Applic. Form.pdf (The grant form should be downloaded and then opened using Adobe reader. You can download a free copy of Adobe Reader here.  If you open the form in a web browser and complete it without opening it in Adobe Reader the information you enter in the fields will not be saved.) Follow application form instructions at the bottom of this page.


The Friends of Pleasant Bay (FOPB) encourage innovative educational projects, centered on the Bay through an annual competitive grant program, open to all schools in the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, Brewster, Nauset Regional District and Cape Cod Technical School. Approval of submitted grants will be based on project alignment with and promotion of the FOPB Mission.


Grants will be for implementation beginning on or after July 2, 2020. This includes the 2020- 2021 school year.


  • To promote education, research and public awareness of the Bay area as one of critical environmental concern and as a valuable and important natural resource

  • To preserve open space and to retain visual quality of the Bay area

  • To preserve the environmental integrity of the Bay shore and cultivate future Bay


  • To ensure Bay habitat protection and retention of rich biological diversity and


  • To retain and enhance public access to the Bay’s shoreline

  • To preserve natural and historic sites associated with the Bay

  • To promote public awareness of historic Native American culture and the Bay


  • Grants may be used for Bay related student fieldwork, teacher training, supportive equipment, hardware, software and/or any activity which addresses the stated FOPB mission.

  • Funding will not be given for field trips that do not utilize Pleasant Bay, student lunches and/or activities that do not address the stated FOPB mission.

  • The grant is required to indicate administrative approval and alignment with school policy and educational goals. We expect teachers to have received the principal’s approval prior to submission of application.

  • Grant recipients will submit a written report of their grant progress by Jan. 15, 2021 to the FOPB Education email address ( ).

  • At the teacher’s convenience, a member of FOPB would like to visit the class or an activity associated with the FOPB Grant project.

  • Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the FOPB Annual Meeting in July to display results of their work for the Membership to view and celebrate.

  • If the grant is awarded, a Principal’s signature will be required on the FOPB Conditions of Acceptance Letter. In addition, a signature will be required from the Principal on a year-end report provided by FOPB stating that the grant funds were allocated as earmarked.

  • If the grant is awarded and not used during the 2020-2021 grant cycle, funds will be returned to FOPB for use in a future grant cycle.


Please note that the Floating Classroom may not be ready for the 2020-21 school year due

to an ongoing permitting process with the Coast Guard. The Friends' are blessed with the

unique challenge of being one of the first organizations in the country to utilize solar power

as a propulsion system on an educational vessel and therefore, the book is literally being

written on how to license it. We are working hand-in-hand with the Coast Guard and hope

to have the vessel ready as soon as possible. The FOPB Education Committee will issue an

update after our March meeting with more details around the availability of the vessel.

Please contact the Friend's at with any questions about

this update. We apologize for the change and look forward to reviewing your grant

applications soon.

There are several pricing options for the use of the NEW Floating Classroom Research Vessel (FC/RV) that are available specifically for FOPB grant recipients. These pricing options are the best rates available. Please use the below pricing options when requesting funds for your grant application.

  • Three hours aboard the FC/RV without a naturalist would be a flat $500.

  • Three hours on the FC/RV with a naturalist is $605.

  • To add a teaching assistant and a naturalist so that there can be two work stations would

    be $650.

  • Having an assistant but no naturalist would cost $545.

Prices allow for 29 people including chaperones, per trip. Remember to account for any naturalist or assistant when planning numbers of students to take on the trip. Teachers are responsible for providing adequate chaperone ratios to provide for appropriate supervision of the students in their care. Remember to include all chaperones, naturalists and assistants in the 'total count', which may not exceed 29 per trip. The use of the FC/RV is managed by Pleasant Bay Community Boating, not the Friends of Pleasant Bay. For questions regarding scheduling and/or use of the FC/RV please contact Pleasant Bay Community Boating. If rates change or are updated the Friends of Pleasant Bay will do its best to contact you, as soon as possible.


  • All applications must be received by May 1, 2020.

  • Please pay attention to the instructions on how to fill out the grant application.

  • Forward completed grant applications to

    Please save your application in this format: School_Last Name_Year of Application (ex. Monomoy_Smith_2019) as a PDF

  • The selection of recipients will be made by the FOPB Education Grants Committee along with final approval of the FOPB Board of Directors.

  • Grant recipients will be announced between May 22 and June 10, 2020.

  • If the grant is awarded, the FOPB Conditions of Acceptance Letter must be mailed via

    hard copy to FOPB mailing address by July 1, 2020.
    Mailing address: Friends of Pleasant Bay, PO Box 1243, Harwich, MA 02645

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