Notice of Application Period for Florida
Parks and Open Space Program
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will accept Fiscal Year
2016-17 grant applications, in accordance with Rule Chapters 62-818 and 62-819,
Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C), from local governments and non-profit
environmental organizations requesting funding awards to acquire conservation or
recreation lands to enhance recreational opportunities for individuals with
unique abilities, pursuant to the Florida Forever Act, Section 259.105, Florida
Statutes, and the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) Act, Chapter 380, Part III,
Florida Statutes. The Florida Legislature awarded $10 million in funding for FCT
projects effective July 1, 2016. Pursuant to Chapter 2016-62, Laws of Florida,
FCT funds allocated to projects for the acquisition of conservation or
recreation lands must be used to enhance recreational opportunities for
individuals with unique abilities.
UNIQUE ABILITIES PROJECT REQUIREMENT
Eligible projects submitted for funding in Fiscal Year 2016-17 must
“provide accessibility, availability or adaptability of conservation or
recreation lands for individuals with unique abilities which will incorporate
adaptations or modifications to the design and development of recreational
resources or equipment to meet the needs of all potential participants including
those with physical or developmental disabilities,” pursuant to the 2016
amendments of Section 380.507, Florida Statutes.
The Application must provide specific, detailed documentation on how
the Project Site will fulfill this legislative directive in the Project Summary
and Project Excellence sections of the application. All applications
received for Fiscal Year 2016-17 funding, must demonstrate projects that enhance
recreational opportunities for individuals with unique abilities or will be
APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD: Applications will be accepted
beginning June 17, 2016, and must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT), August 30,
2016. Applications must be received on or before the above stated deadline to be
eligible for consideration.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Local governments and non-profit
LIMITS ON AWARDS: The Legislature has appropriated $10
million in funds for the Fiscal Year 2016-17 submission cycle. Under the
provisions of subsection 62-818.003(7), F.A.C., the total amount of any award or
combination of awards applied for by any local government or nonprofit
environmental organization under any application(s) or partnership
application(s) for any project(s) shall not exceed five million dollars
($5,000,000.00) during any one cycle. All awards for partnership applications,
for the purposes of calculating award limits, shall be divided equally among the
local government or nonprofit environmental organization.
Florida Administrative Register notice for this application period was
published on June 14, 2016.
For details on the application process, please visit
FCT's Application Process webpage.
Application Training WebinarFlorida Communities Trust staff will host an
Workshop/Webinar on June 23, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT). The webinar will
provide an overview of the Florida Communities Trust program and the application
process. For more information and to register, visit the
Florida Communities Trust meetings webpage.
Other News and Press Releases
Mud in Your Eyes
More than 250 participants from Charlotte and surrounding counties
showed up at the Tippecanoe Environmental Park to attend Charlotte
County’s first Tippecanoe Trail Mud Race – a 5k and 10k slippery
obstacle course consisting of muddy tires, sand runs and culvert
crawls. Following the races, participants who completed all of
the obstacles were treated to a free lunch. Tippecanoe Environmental
Park is a
Florida Communities Trust property. The 350-acre park protects
coastal hammocks, floodplain forests and mangrove swamps and provides habitat
for many wildlife species including the Florida scrub jay and gopher tortoise,
with hiking trails, park benches, comfort areas and restrooms for visitors.
Florida Communities Trust