DOING MORE NOW FOR FLORIDA’S ENVIRONMENT
Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration has sought consistent funding for water quality restoration statewide. Since 2019, the Florida Legislature has committed nearly $5 billion to local governments and other eligible entities to support water-related projects.
To implement this unprecedented investment, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection launched this online grant portal to provide eligible entities, including local governments, higher education entities, nonprofit organizations, or for-profit organizations that receive state financial assistance, the opportunity to submit proposals that will bolster existing efforts to protect and restore Florida’s water resources.
The portal is now closed for grant submissions for Fiscal Year 2023-24. Please check back here for information on future grant opportunities.
Recently Closed Grant Programs
WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS
This grant is available to local governments and nonstate entities to address wastewater (including septic-to-sewer), stormwater and agricultural sources of nutrients in waterbodies. These eligible waterbodies are not attaining nutrient or nutrient-related standards; have an established total maximum daily load; or are located within a basin management action plan area, a reasonable assurance plan area, an accepted alternative restoration plan area, or a rural area of opportunity.
INDIAN RIVER LAGOON WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS
This grant is available to local governments and nonstate entities to strengthen ongoing efforts to protect the Indian River Lagoon. Project proposals can include wastewater improvements (including septic-to-sewer), stormwater management and other projects that will help improve water quality and support the Indian River Lagoon Protection Program.
BISCAYNE BAY WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS
This grant is available to local governments and nonstate entities to strengthen ongoing efforts to protect Biscayne Bay. Project proposals can include wastewater improvements (including septic-to-sewer), stormwater management and other projects that will help improve water quality in Biscayne Bay.
ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY GRANTS
This grant is available to local governments and nonstate entities to help communities plan for and implement water conservation, reuse, and other water supply and water resource development projects. Priority funding will be given to regional projects in the areas of greatest need and for projects that provide the greatest benefit.
FLORIDA'S CORAL REEF RESTORATION AND RECOVERY INITIATIVE GRANTS
This grant program provides funding for academic and private partnerships to implement Florida's Coral Reef Restoration and Recovery Initiative to establish, expand and maintain in-state propagation and grow-out facilities; develop and implement strategies and site-specific restoration plans including curriculum for a trained workforce; and reinforce and expand restoration efforts across Florida’s Coral Reef.
NONPOINT SOURCE MANAGEMENT GRANTS
This grant is available to local governments and nonstate entities to implement eligible shovel-ready stormwater treatment projects that reduce or eliminate nonpoint source nutrient pollution in verified impaired waterbodies. Funding is also available for projects that implement nonpoint source pollution best management practices, public education programs to prevent pollution, and septic abandonment/connection to sewer on private property.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS GRANTS
This grant is available to local governments and nonstate entities for projects that evaluate and implement innovative technologies and short-term solutions to combat harmful algal blooms and nutrient enrichment, restore and preserve Florida’s fresh waterbodies, and implement certain water quality treatment technologies.
RESILIENT FLORIDA - PLANNING GRANTS
This grant supports counties and municipalities with resilience planning efforts, including further assessment of vulnerabilities of critical assets and complying with the "Peril of Flood" statute, which helps to ensure coastal communities will recover and move forward faster after natural disasters. Starting this year, water management districts are also eligible to receive planning grants to assist the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Science and Innovation in addressing gaps in available data.
RESILIENT FLORIDA - IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS
This grant is available to counties, municipalities and certain special districts for infrastructure projects that address risks of flooding or sea level rise identified in a local government vulnerability assessment. This grant is also available to water management districts, drainage districts, erosion control districts, flood control districts and regional water supply authorities to mitigate the risks of flooding or sea level rise on water supplies or water resources of the state.
Wetlands Restoration and Protection Grants
This grant program is available to local governments and non-state entities to protect or restore wetlands. To be eligible, proposed projects must have at least a 50 percent cost-share provided with non-state funds. Projects will be reviewed by DEP with priority given to those that benefit fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, water storage, water conservation or flood attenuation.
Innovative Wastewater Technologies Grants
This grant program is available to local governments and non-state entities to pilot emerging and innovative technologies at private and government-owned utilities that are designed to reduce the presence of contaminants of emerging concern in wastewater, including pharmaceuticals.