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Notice of Grant Application Submission Period for Florida Communities Trust
Posted June 14, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection will have a Florida Communities Trust Application Submission Period beginning June 17, 2016 and ending at 5:00 pm (EDT) on August 30, 2016. Additional information can be found on our News and Announcements page.

The following are some resources that may be of assistance in completing a grant application.  External links will open in a new browser window.

  1. 2016 Application Instruction Guide - contains instructions and helpful information for completing the Florida Forever Grant Application Form. Please review all instructions in the Guide before preparing the application.
    1. Word Version: Florida Communities Trust - Florida Forever Parks and Open Space Grant Program - Application Instruction Guide Form FCT-5 (updated 06/2016)
    2. PDF Version: Florida Communities Trust - Florida Forever Parks and Open Space Grant Program - Application Instruction Guide Form FCT-5 (updated 06/2016)
  2. FCT-5 Grant Application
    1. Word Version: FCT-5 Grant Application (updated 06/2016)
    2. PDF Version: FCT-5 Grant Application (updated 06/2016)
  3. Application Training Workshop
    1. View June 2016 Webinar
    2. Application Training Workshop Slides - PDF Version - June 23, 2016 Florida Communities Trust Grant Application Workshop/Webinar
  4. Project Self-Score Check Sheet (Word) - helpful but optional tool to determine if a project will receive a competitive evaluation score
  5. Application Completeness Check Sheet (Word) (updated 06/2016) - should be completed before submitting the grant application to minimize mistakes or omissions in preparing the application
  6. Application Transmittal Letter - sample transmittal letter that binds the applicant to fulfill commitments made in the application
  7. Willing Owner Statement - sample willing owner statement
  8. 2015 Population Estimates - The State of Florida uses the latest estimate of resident population from the most recent edition of Florida Estimates of Population, as published by the Population Division, Bureau of Economic and Business Research, University of Florida.
  9. Unique Abilities/Accessibility: For additional information on accessibility and project design, you may choose to review the following resources available online:
  10. Recreational Facilities on Florida Communities Trust Sites - a list of recreational facilities appropriate for Florida Communities Trust project sites
  11. Office of Greenways and Trails – Information on Recreational Trails and State-Designated Paddling Trails (Criteria (2)(b)3 and (2)(b)5)
  12. Guide to the Natural Communities of Florida - The Florida Natural Areas Inventory's (FNAI) classification system for the various natural communities types found in the state. FNAI will also provide Applicants with Locally Significant Natural Area information for their project site (FNAI may charge a fee for this service). (Criteria (2)(d)1 and (2)(d)2).
  13. Listed Species - Florida's Endangered Species, Threatened Species and Species of Special Concern. (Criteria 2(d)2 and 2(d)4)
  14. Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas - Information on Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas (Criteria (2)(d)4 and (2)(b)5)
  15. Forest Stewardship Program (MS Word) - steps to determine if your site qualifies for Florida Forest Service Stewardship Program, (Criterion (2)(d)5.)
  16. Landowner Assistance Program  (MS Word) - steps to determine if your site qualifies for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Landowner Assistance Program (Criterion (2)(d)6.)
  17. Outstanding Florida Waters - Information on Outstanding Florida Waters is available from the Department of Environmental Protection. (Criterion 2(f)2)
  18. Class 1 Waterbodies - Information on Class 1 Waterbodies is available from the Department of Environmental Protection. (Criterion 2(f)3)
  19. List of Invasive Species - Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's list of Invasive Species.(Criterion 2(e)1)
  20. Flood Hazard Areas - FEMA Mapping Information Platform provides flood maps for most areas. (Criterion (3)(b)1)
  21. Brownfields - Information on state designated brownfields from the Department of Environmental Protection. (Criterion 3(b)2)
  22. Front Porch Communities - List of communities that have been designated Front Porch Communities. (Criterion (3)(c)1)
  23. Military Base Buffering Geographic Data - Use to determine if your project site is in the vicinity of a Major Military Installation. (Criteria 3(b)3a -3(b)3c)
  24. Main Street Programs - List of active Main Street Programs from the Department of State. (Criterion (3)(c)2)
  25. Waterfronts Florida Program Communities - List of communities that have been designated Waterfronts Florida Partnership Communities. (Criterion 3(c)3)
  26. Rural Areas of Opportunity (formerly Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern) - Counties and communities designated as Rural Areas of Opportunity (formerly Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern) (Criterion (3)(c)5).
  27. Florida Outdoor Recreation Inventory Map Direct Site - An interactive mapping site of the park and recreation areas throughout Florida. Includes conservation lands, flood zones, geology/topographic maps, aerial photos for the entire state (Exhibits C, E, I and J).
  28. Regional Planning Councils, which may be able to assist local governments in gathering some of the information needed to complete an application:
  29. Cultural Resources Information
    • The Florida Master Site File in the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, is charged with maintaining Florida’s inventory of historical cultural resources. Site File staff will assist applicants in determining if prospective acquisition projects have recorded historical cultural resources. Staff will also assist with the recording of qualified resources (Criteria (2)(g)1 and (2)(g)2).
    • Contact the Division of Historical Resources for information on the National Register of Historic Places (Criteria (2)(g)2 and (2)(g)3).
    • If you are looking for the assistance of an archaeologist to develop a resource protection plan or to survey a site, DHR does not maintain a list of professional archaeologists who are qualified to work in the State of Florida and/or who meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for federally involved archeological projects as specified in 36 CFR 61. The American Cultural Resources Association maintains a listing of professional consultants. In addition, the Register of Professional Archaeologists maintains a membership directory that may be useful in locating professional archaeologists and other professional preservation consultants in your area. Many qualified historic preservation professionals are not members of these organizations, and omission from the directories does not imply that someone does not meet the Florida Department of State’s Standards or that the resultant work would not be acceptable. Conversely, inclusion on the list is no guarantee that an archaeologist's work will automatically be acceptable. As with any contractor references and recent work history should be requested.
    •  Archaeological Resource Management (ARM) Training provides free training to state and local land managers charged with the protection and conservation of the state's irreplaceable archaeological resources, which include pre-European mound sites, villages, and camps, colonial settlements, battlefields, and submerged sites. Properties purchased with FCT funding will be subject to many of the same management requirements as state-owned lands.

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