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Workshops announced for Gulf Coast Restoration Fund application portal

The Mississippi Development Authority is organizing a series of workshops to help guide communities and individuals through the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund program grant application process. The workshops aim to empower local stakeholders and boost their restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast.

The workshops, which will focus on the GCRF application portal, will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about key aspects of and updates to the grant application process. With the GCRF being a significant funding source for coastal restoration projects, these workshops hold immense value for those seeking financial support for economic development projects.

“Through this valuable program, we are able to create more vibrant coastal communities by investing in restoration projects that contribute to the region’s economic well-being,” said MDA Executive Director Bill Cork. “We encourage all interested parties to participate in one of the upcoming sessions so they are armed with the information needed to submit successful applications for GCRF program funds.”  

The in-person workshops will be held at various locations across the Gulf Coast, ensuring accessibility for interested parties in the region. The following is the schedule for the workshops:

  • • Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Hospitality Resort Management Center – 420 Debuys Road, Biloxi, MS 39531
  • • Monday, June 10, 2 p.m. – Pearl River Community College Cafeteria – West Dining Room – 101 Highway 11 N, Poplarville, MS 39470
  • • Tuesday, June 11, 9 a.m. – George County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room – 329 Ratliff Street, Lucedale, MS 39452
  • • Tuesday, June 11, 2 p.m. – Jackson County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room – 2915 Canty Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567
  • • Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m. – Hancock County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room – 854 Highway 90, Suite A, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
  • • Wednesday, June 12, 2 p.m. – Stone County Economic Development Partnership – 115 E Hatten Ave, Wiggins, MS 39577

The workshops will cover essential topics related to the GCRF application portal, including updates on the 2025 funding year and noteworthy changes to the application process. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with experts, ask questions and gain valuable insights that can help refine their project proposals.

“The Gulf Coast Restoration Fund Advisory Board looks forward to working with applicants to recommend projects and programs to the Mississippi Development Authority that will attract high wage jobs, leverage private capital investment and generate new and expanded revenue for Gulf Coast communities,” said Gulf Coast Restoration Fund Advisory Board Chairman Jamie Miller.

There is no registration fee for these workshops, and participation is strongly encouraged.

For more information, interested individuals can contact Sarah Wright at (601) 359-2058 or (601) 624-7457.

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