IRLNEP COVID-19 Bridge Funding Program

The IRL Council COVID-19 Response Bridge Funding Grant Program is now available!  The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program is now accepting applications.  Please see the attached Request for Applications for details about the program.  Please note that there are limitations on who can apply for this grant and that the deadline to submit applications is June 1, 2020.  If you have questions please direct them to

A question was recently received regarding eligibility for the COVID-19 summer grant program.  Below is the question and the answer.  In addition, due to the time of receiving this question in relation to the program deadline, the IRLNEP is extending the deadline from June 1, 2020 to June 8, 2020 to allow time for eligible applicants that this question may impact to submit an application.

Question: Does an applicant have to be currently furloughed, laid off or unemployed to qualify for the program?

Answer: No. The requirement is that if at any point the applicant was furloughed, laid off, or unemployed due directly from the COVID-19 pandemic they would be eligible with proof of that temporary unemployment.