Program helps community partners extend Port outreach

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply in September for a Port of Long Beach Sponsorship, to fund community events and programs that in turn help inform residents about the Port.

Community groups may submit sponsorship applications online starting Thursday, Sept. 1, through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. No late submissions will be accepted. Due to the application review process, applicants need to plan well in advance for their events. Once the application period closes, a 60-day period is needed before the proposed sponsorships can be considered by the Board of Harbor Commissioners for approval.

This year’s Long Beach Pride Parade received a Port sponsorship. Pictured here is the Port’s float.

Sponsorships for the September call are generally for events and projects taking place Dec. 1 and later. For our next call, in March 2023, sponsorships are generally for events and projects taking place June 1, 2023, and later.

Applications are judged on how effectively the proposed events and activities can help the Port inform the community of its critical role as an economic engine and job creator as well as audience reach and event size. For more information on the Port’s Community Sponsorship Program and how to apply, go to www.polb.com/sponsorship.

Last March, for the second call of fiscal year 2021-22, Harbor Commissioners awarded 179 sponsorships totaling $701,430 to community organizations advancing causes such as the arts, environment, social justice and historic preservation.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $200 billion annually and supports 2.6 million trade-related jobs across the nation, including 575,000 in Southern California.

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