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Oyster Farmer Community Grant Program

Community Grant Program

The SPAT Community Grant Award Program provides funds to organizations or projects that consistent with the organization’s mission to support and increase awareness of Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries. The SPAT Board of Directors evaluates grant applications on a rotating basis. ​To date over $740, 000 has been awarded to individuals or community organizations through college scholarships, grants and other initiatives that sustain Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries.

Fill out an application here

Who We've Helped

  • Wellfleet Shellfish Harvester Relief Program ($100,000) – SPAT developed a set of initiatives to support Wellfleet’s shellfish harvesters, their families and the greater community during the COVID-19 health crisis.

  • Friends of Herring River ($2,000) –  Pre-Restoration Assessment of Spat Settlement in the Herring River Estuary will be conducted over 3 consecutive years: 2020, 2021 and 2022 by research partners, Barbara Brennessel and John Portnoy. Findings will be shared annually with SPAT and the shellfishing community to better understand the settlement of oyster larvae in the estuary.

  • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ($3800) – To support the Sanctuary’s Coastal Ecology of Wellfleet Harbor Program for 4th and 5th-grade students at Wellfleet Elementary School.

As part of our goal of keeping our marine environment clean, SPAT has supported these community organizations to eliminate single-use plastics.

  • Wellfleet Elementary School ($829) – SPAT supported the school’s effort to eliminate single-use plastics by donating 200 metal cups and providing the stipend for the purchase of metal portion cups and ramekins

  • 246 Community Kitchen ($433.50) –  SPAT also donated 150 metal cups to the Kitchen for use in their weekly Wellfleet Community Suppers

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