Grants

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Recently Closed Grants

FY 2021-22 project selections for the Wastewater Protection Grants and Resilient Florida Grant portals will be posted under FY 2021-22 grant programs. Awardees for projects selected during the previous fiscal year are posted under FY 2020-21 Grants Awarded below. 

 

FY 2021-22 Grant Programs

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. 

FY 2021-22 Awardees
Photo: City of Tarpon Springs Wastewater Treatment Facility

 

aerial view of the everglades

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.

Aerial view of Bahia Honda State Park

Resilient Florida

This 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. 

The Resilient Florida Grants portal for FY 2021-22 is now closed and DEP is in the process of reviewing project proposals. Check back this winter or early spring to see a list of awarded projects.

Rainbow Springs State Park

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 2021-22 Awardees  District Contacts

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 the health of Florida's Coral Reef.

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

Reclaimed water pipe with storage tank

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.

FY 2020-21 Awardees  District Contacts