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2018-2019 Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) Grants

Grants to Florida Agencies, IHEs, and Nonprofits
to Protect and Manage Coastal Resources

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP)

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10/31/17 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Florida local governments, as well as IHEs and nonprofit organizations partnering with a local government, for the local management and protection of the State’s coastal resources. Applications are accepted for projects within Florida's 35 coastal counties.

The purpose of the Coastal Partnership initiative is to promote the protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four priority areas: resilient communities, public access, working waterfronts, and coastal stewardship.

Resilient Communities:
The purpose of this priority area is to help coastal communities prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change and natural hazard events and disasters. Project examples include: conducting vulnerability analyses and risk assessments; developing post-disaster redevelopment plans and business continuity plans; developing climate change adaptation strategies for incorporation in local comprehensive plans or ordinances; developing policies, guidance and best management practices; restoring and preserving coastal wetlands and shorelines; and developing energy efficiency and alternative energy strategies.

Coastal Resource Stewardship:
The purpose of this priority area is to promote stewardship and appreciation of fragile coastal resources through local involvement. Stewardship project examples include dune and wetland restoration; invasive exotic plant removal; coastal clean-ups; cultural resource protection; environmental awareness initiatives; coastal learning centers; and environmental education events and field trips.

Access to Coastal Resources:
The purpose of this priority area is to help communities identify and improve public access to cultural, historical and natural areas while protecting resources from overuse and damage. Project examples include: planning for, and construction of small-scale projects such as fishing piers, dune crossovers, boardwalks, observation decks, and canoe and sailboat launches; natural shoreline restoration; invasive exotic plant removal; waterfront park improvements; and development of recreational surface water use plans or policies pursuant to Section 163.3177(6)(g), F.S.

Working Waterfronts:
The working waterfronts priority area is designed to assist communities with waterfront revitalization. The working waterfronts initiative aims to support projects that enhance and sustain traditional waterfront communities while addressing public access, resource protection, and hazard mitigation issues. Project examples in this category include constructing boat ramps, waterside boardwalks, kiosks and fish cleaning stations; and restoring shorelines and wetlands or implementing other measures that mitigate the effects of natural hazards.

Eligible entities may apply for grants for community projects such as habitat restoration, park planning and improvements, waterfront revitalization, and improving communities' resiliency to coastal hazards.

Applicants may request support for planning, design and coordination activities; and construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal, and land acquisition.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154833

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request:
-No more than $15,000 and no less than $10,000 for planning, design and coordination activities; and
-No more than $30,000 and no less than $10,000 for construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal, and land acquisition.

Term of Contract:

Funding is available only for project work initiated and completed during a 12-month period beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for the Coastal Partnership Initiative are local governments of the 35 coastal counties and all municipalities within their boundaries required to include a coastal element in the local comprehensive plan.

Florida colleges, community colleges, state universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply, as long as an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner.

Coastal Counties of Florida: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, and Nassau.

Construction, habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal, and land acquisition projects cannot involve planning/coordination tasks or components.

Nonprofit groups are not eligible to receive funds for construction projects, invasive exotic plant removal, habitat restoration, or land acquisition. Applications submitted by nonprofit groups that propose these activities (as listed in 62S-4.004(2)(c)) will be disqualified.

Pre-Application Information:

A recipient will be required to provide 100% (1:1) matching funds, cash or in-kind.  No more than one-half (50%) of match can be provided by a third party.

Applicants need to fully complete the 2018-19 CPI Grant Application and submit it to the FCMP by 4:00 PM ET on October 31, 2017.

Note: Any proposed projects involving construction, invasive exotic plant removal & habitat restoration is subject to additional review and approval by NOAA and/or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services must submit a completed "306a checklist" (attached below) with the application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ms. Toni Clanton
(850) 245-2184

FCMP Grant Staff:
(850) 245-2094

Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Coastal Management Program, MS 235
ATTN: CPI Applications
3900 Commonwealth Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Coastal Counties