Grants

 Project proposals for Fiscal Year 2021-22 are being accepted at this time for the Resilient Florida program grants. This portal will remain open until Sept. 1, 2021.

ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED TO DEP WILL BECOME A PUBLIC RECORD, SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 119, F.S., AND ARTICLE 1, §24 OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMITTAL OF A PROJECT PROPOSAL DOES NOT CREATE AN AGREEMENT NOR DOES IT GUARANTEE FUNDING. AWARDS ARE CONTINGENT UPON LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS.

Currently Seeking Proposals

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Resilient Florida

On May 12, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 1954. This comprehensive legislation ensures a coordinated approach to Florida’s coastal and inland resiliency. The new program will enhance efforts to protect our inland waterways, coastlines and shores, which serve as invaluable natural defenses against sea level rise. The legislation will yield the largest investment in Florida history to prepare communities for the impacts of climate change – including sea level rise, intensified storms and flooding. 

The Resilient Florida program includes a selection of grants available to counties, municipalities, water management districts, flood control districts and regional resilience entities. To effectively address the impacts of flooding and sea level rise that the state faces, eligible applicants may receive funding assistance to analyze and plan for vulnerabilities, as well as implement projects for adaptation and mitigation. 

Please refer to section 380.093 Florida Statutes for more information on available grant programs, definitions and required parameters.

 

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Recently Closed Water Protection Grants

The Water Protection Grants portal closed on July 15, 2021. FY 2021-22 project selections for wastewater, innovative technology and water quality improvement grants will be posted this fall. 

Awardees for projects selected during Fiscal Year 2020-21 are posted under FY 2020-21 Grants Awarded below. 

Water cascading over weir in wastewater treatment clarifier. Bird perched on weir.

WASTEWATER GRANTS

This grant program is provided to governmental entities for wastewater projects that reduce excess nutrient pollution within a basin management action plan (BMAP), alternative restoration plan adopted by final order, or rural area of opportunity. 

The Water Protection Grants portal for FY 2021-22 is now closed and DEP is in the process of reviewing project proposals. Check back this fall to see a list of awarded projects.

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INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

This grant program is available to local governmental entities for projects that evaluate and implement innovative technologies and short-term solutions to combat algal blooms and nutrient enrichment, restore and preserve Florida waterbodies, and implement certain water quality treatment technologies. 

The Water Protection Grants portal for FY 2021-22 is now closed and DEP is in the process of reviewing project proposals. Check back this fall to see a list of awarded projects. 

Aerial view of Biscayne Bay. Photo courtesy of South Florida Water Management District

WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS: BISCAYNE BAY, SPRINGS COAST WATERSHED AND PEACE RIVER BASIN

For FY 2021-22, Governor DeSantis and the Legislature funded two grant programs specifically targeted for water quality improvements in the Springs Coast Watershed, Peace River Basin and Biscayne Bay. These grant programs continue the state’s partnership with local governmental entities to address water quality challenges in these important watersheds. 

The Water Protection Grants portal for FY 2021-22 is now closed and DEP is in the process of reviewing project proposals. Check back this fall to see a list of awarded projects.

FY 2020-21 GRANTS AWARDED

Cascades Park Stormwater Project, Tallahassee, FL

Water Quality Grants

Provides up to a 50% matching grant to local governmental entities for wastewater and stormwater improvements, including septic conversion and remediation.

FY 2020-21 Awardees

Banks of Apalachicola River at Torreya State Park

Rivers and Springs Coast Grants

Provides matching grants to local governmental entities for projects that improve the water quality in the St. Johns, Suwannee and Apalachicola rivers and the Springs Coast of Florida.

FY 2020-21 Awardees

Waves at Stump Pass Beach

Florida Resilient Coastline Initiative

Provides matching grants to assist local governmental entities with storm resiliency, sea level rise planning, coastal resilience projects and coral reef health.

FY 2020-21 Awardees

Blue Heron in flight across lagoon

Indian River Lagoon Water Quality Improvement Grants

Assists local governmental entities with projects that improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon. This grant program is coordinated by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

FY 2020-21 Awardees

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Alternative Water Supply Grants

Helps communities plan for and implement conservation, reuse and other alternative water supply (AWS) and water resource development projects.  

For information on how to apply to the water management districts for funding for FY 2022-23, please contact your local water management district.

District Contacts

Kissing Manatees at Homosassa Springs

Springs Grants

Provides matching grants to assist local governmental entities with projects for land acquisition to protect springs and for capital projects that protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from springs.

For information on how to apply to the water management districts for funding for FY 2022-23, please contact your local water management district.

FY 2020-21 Awardees District Contacts