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2021-2022 Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) Grants

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

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

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09/25/20 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $60,000 to Florida local governments, as well as IHEs and nonprofit organizations partnering with a local government, to manage and preserve local resources in eligible areas. Applicants may request support for planning, design and coordination activities; and construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, and land acquisition. Funding is intended to promote the protection and management of resources within Florida's 35 coastal counties.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154833

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.

Minimum CPI award is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects are anticipated to begin July 1, 2021, and must be completed within 12 months.

Selected projects will be included in the FCMP application to the National Oceanic &Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for fiscal year 2021-22.

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 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.

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 will be disqualified.

Section 306A funds shall not be used for beach restoration, beach nourishment, or projects that are predominantly hard structure erosion control.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar is scheduled from 2-3:30 PM, EDT, on Thursday, Aug. 20.

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Pre-Application Information:

This grant cycle will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020.

Recipients are required to 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 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.

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

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Florida Coastal Management Program
ATTN: CPI Application
Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd. MS 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-30002

Direct questions to
Mrs. Tiffany Herrin


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