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Florida Disaster Fund Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations,
Municipalities, and Agencies for Emergency-Recovery Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Volunteer Florida - Florida Disaster Fund

Deadline Date:

08/23/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Florida nonprofit and faith-based organizations, municipalities, and agencies to support emergency-relief programs. Funding is intended to help organizations address disaster-related needs, with an emphasis on supporting long-term recovery activities and disaster response. The Foundation will accept applications for recovery from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186536

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award shall be $2,000,000. The Fund’s balance and the merit of the application will have a bearing on the award amounts. The award amounts may be less, but not more than, the request made.

Expedited applications must be for $100,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Preference will be given to projects that can be initiated within 30 days and be completed or demonstrate measurable impact within the first 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization applying for a Florida Disaster Fund grant must:
1. Be responding to a need created by a qualifying disaster in the geography specified by the disaster declaration;
2. Be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, a faith-based entity headquartered or registered in the State of Florida, a municipality or local government acting as a fiscal agent, or an organization making use of a fiscal agent with such a designation; and
3. Complete an online application.

Previous grant recipients are eligible to apply for FY 2019 – 2020 grants if they have completed all close out paperwork on the previous grant. Current grant recipients are not eligible to apply for FY 2019 – 2020 grants unless they have expended at least 75% of their funds from any previous grant award prior to submitting a subsequent application.

Expenses charged against a grant may not be incurred prior to declaration of the designated disaster or after the end of the grant period. No funds provided by the Foundation may be used for any political campaign or to support attempts to influence legislation or regulatory activity by any governmental body.

The following expenses will not be reimbursed:
A. Purchase of food or alcohol
B. Only equipment, furniture, or fixtures listed in the task list are allowed
C. Receptions, gifts, and membership dues.
D. Lobbying any branch of state government.
E. Administration of the project in excess of 10% of the award.
F. Project operating costs incurred before the applicant and Volunteer Florida execute the grant agreement.
G. Business entertainment expenses, including meals or activity fees.
H. Board members or staff of the Commission or Foundation may not receive direct financial benefit from any grant funds, e.g. travel, lodging, or conference cost reimbursements.

Pre-Application Information:

The window for submitting applications begins on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9 am (ET) and will close on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5 pm (ET). Subsequent application cycles are anticipated until available funds are committed.

Response and recovery needs experienced by communities impacted by disaster often present time horizons too short for a formal grant application and review process. To accommodate those situations in which timing is paramount, particularly in the case of restoring safety and basic needs, the Foundation’s Executive Director is authorized to approve requests in the amount of $100,000 or less with corresponding checks and balances to ensure transparency and accountability. Requests must be made using the Foundation’s portal and online application.

Grant applications for amounts above $100,000 must identify matching funds equal to the Fund amount requested. Matching funds shall be consistent with the Fund’s stated allowable expenses and may include cash equivalents, in-kind contributions and volunteer labor cost equivalents. In-kind donations applied towards satisfaction of a matching contribution requirement must be identified and approved by the Foundation's Executive Director or designee.

Funds are provided on a cost-reimbursement basis unless otherwise stipulated by contract.

Contact Information:

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

The online application link will be available on August 12, 2019.

Katie Troncoso, Grants Contracts Manager
Volunteer Florida
Telephone: (850) 414-7400 (ext 120)

Terry McCaffrey, Emergency Management Director
Volunteer Florida
Telephone: (850) 414-7400 (ext 119)

Volunteer Florida
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: 850.414.7400
Fax: 850.921.5146

Grant Coverage Areas:

Hurricane Irma is specific to Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia counties.

Hurricane Michael is specific to Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, and Washington counties.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Counties affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael