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Notice of Application Period for Florida Communities Trust
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 deemed ineligible.

C L O S E D 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. C L O S E D

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Local governments and non-profit environmental organizations.

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.

The 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 Webinar
Florida Communities Trust staff will host an Application 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.

 

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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.



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