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Grants to Florida Agencies, IHEs, and Nonprofits to Protect and Manage Resources in Eligible Areas

2024-2025 Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) Grant Program


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Funding Source
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida: Coastal Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/02/23 4:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $60,000 to Florida local governments, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations partnering with a local government to manage and preserve resources in eligible locations. Funding is intended for planning, design, and coordination activities, as well as construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, and land acquisition. The goal of the grant program is to promote the protection and management of resources within Florida's 35 coastal counties.

The CPI was developed to promote the protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific priority areas:

  • Resilient Communities:  The goal of this priority area is to help coastal communities prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change, natural hazards and disasters. Project examples include conducting vulnerability analyses and risk assessments; developing post-disaster redevelopment plans and strategies; restoring coastal wetlands; developing energy strategies; and improving communities' resiliency to coastal hazards.
  • Coastal Resource Stewardship: To promote stewardship and appreciation of fragile coastal resources, applicants may request funds for community-based projects that involve citizens, volunteers and the local government. Project examples include dune and wetland restoration; exotic plant control; coastal cleanups; and environmental awareness initiatives, events and field trips.
  • Access to Coastal Resources: Communities are encouraged to accommodate public access to coastal and marine resources, while protecting fragile and overused environments. Access projects could include developing plans for land acquisition and management; developing site plans for nature trails; developing recreational surface water use policies; removing exotic species and restoring native species; and small-scale capital improvements such as dune walkovers, boardwalks and canoe/kayak launches.
  • Working Waterfronts: Waterfront communities may wish to revitalize, renew and promote interest in their waterfront districts. Examples of projects include developing and implementing a vision plan for a waterfront district; developing architectural standards for waterfront areas; small construction projects such as a boardwalk, observation platform, welcome center or information kiosk; restoring shorelines and wetlands; or implementing other measures that mitigate the effects of natural hazards.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include Florida’s 35 coastal counties and the local governments within their boundaries that are required to include a coastal element in their comprehensive plan. Florida public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs, and nonprofit groups may also apply for CPI funds if an eligible local government is a signatory partner in the project.

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.

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Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are not eligible to receive funds for construction, habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal, or land acquisition. Applications submitted by NPOs that propose these activities will be disqualified.

Pursuant to NOAA’s direction, Section 306A funds shall not be used for beach restoration, beach nourishment, or projects that are predominantly hard structure erosion control.

Pre-Application Information
Grant applications are accepted through October 2, 2023, at 4 pm EST.

Recipients must provide 100% matching contributions (cash or in-kind) in the form of goods and services that directly benefit the specific grant project. No more than 50% of the match can be provided by a third party and none from federal funds.

Applicants proposing construction, invasive exotic plant removal, and habitat restoration must conduct a preliminary consultation with appropriate local, state, and federal regulatory agencies to ensure there are no environmental concerns that would delay or prevent project startup. A summary of the consultation along with the 306A questionnaire must be included in the CPI application to be considered responsive.

Eligible applicants may submit no more than one application per funding cycle.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum award of $30,000 for planning, design, and coordination activities, and up to $60,000 for construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal, and land acquisition. The minimum CPI award is $10,000.

Term of Contract
Projects are anticipated to begin July 1, 2024, and must be completed within 12 months.

Contact Information
Email applications to

Or mail to:
Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Coastal Management Program, MS 235
ATTN: CPI Applications
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 235
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

For questions or more information, please contact Mrs. Amy Harrison at (850) 245-8398.

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