The following is a list of potential funding sources available to
local governments, and eligible nonprofit organizations, to assist in the development of park facilities, natural resource protection, restoration and enhancement projects, and environmental education programs. Additional information and application deadlines can be found on the website listed or by contacting the program directly.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Recreation Development Assistance Program is a competitive program that
provides grants for acquisition or development of land to facilitate public
outdoor recreation use or to construct or renovate recreational trails.
and Water Conservation Fund Program is a competitive program that provides
grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation
of Greenways and Trails is a component of Florida Forever. The program
provides funding for the acquisition of projects that help establish Florida's
statewide network of greenways and trails.
Trails Program is a competitive program that awards grants
for projects that provide, renovate or maintain recreational trails, trailhead
and trailside facilities. Project proposals may address the following recreational
trail interests: motorized trails; nonmotorized trails; and mixed-use projects.
- Coastal Partnerships Initiative Grants provides financial support to local
governments and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit, revitalize
and provide access to coastal resources. Selected projects plan or implement
activities in four program areas: public access, remarkable coastal places,
working waterfronts, and community stewardship. The annual solicitation for
Coastal Partnership Initiative proposals is published in the Florida Administrative
Weekly each September or October.
- Section 319(h)
Nonpoint Source Stormwater Management Grant - The Nonpoint Source Management Section provides grant funds that can be used
to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce nonpoint sources
of pollution. Projects or programs must be conducted within the state's
Nonpoint Source priority watersheds, which are the state's Surface Water
Improvement and Management watersheds and National Estuary Program waters.
Maximum Daily Load Water Quality Restoration Grants - The program receives funding for the implementation of projects to reduce
urban nonpoint source pollution discharged to impaired waters. These funds
are restricted to projects that reduce pollutant loadings to water bodies.
These funds primarily are used for stormwater retrofitting projects undertaken
by local governments.
Clean Marina Program aims to protect and enhance water quality.
Common elements of the program are: voluntary participation, "pier" pressure, a desire to engage in environmentally conscious activities and reinforcement
of current regulatory processes. The program provides opportunities for
public and private interaction and provides incentives and remove institutional
roadblocks to enhance water quality at marinas.
Vessel Act Program - The Federal Clean Vessel Act of 1992 provides funds for the construction of
pumpout, dump station facilities and pumpout vessels, and supports educational,
outreach and public awareness programs. Funds are available to applicants
whose facilities are located on navigable fresh or salt-water bodies within
the State of Florida who service recreational vessels. Eligible participants
can include public and private operators of facilities such as boat ramps,
marinas, and dock slips that provide public access.
- Florida Beach Erosion Control Program works in concert with local,
state, and federal governmental entities to protect, preserve, and restore
sandy beach resources of the state. Under the program, financial assistance
in an amount up to 50 percent of project costs is available to Florida's
county and municipal governments, community development districts, or special
taxing districts for shore protection and preservation activities on the
Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, or Straits of Florida.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Small Cities Community
Development Block Grant Program provides
funding for community development and is administered by the Department
of Economic Opportunity. Examples
of activities that are eligible for funding include: parks and recreation;
drainage improvements; downtown revitalization; Brownfields Economic Development
Incentive; rehabilitation and preservation of housing; water and sewer
improvements; street improvements; and economic development activities.
Florida Program helps participating communities revitalize, renew and
promote interest in their waterfront district. Waterfront revitalization
targets environmental resource protection, public access, retention of
viable traditional waterfront economies, and hazard mitigation. To be
considered for designation, communities should have a coastal waterfront
with a tradition of a water-oriented economy, and a targeted waterfront area
that is not a major deep-water port.
Water Management Districts
Florida's five Water Management Districts conduct land acquisition programs under the Florida Forever Act to help acquire lands to restore, preserve and manage water resources. Water Management District acquisition efforts are generally focused on medium- to large-size parcels that protect wetlands and adjacent water bodies.
Florida Forestry Service
and Community Forestry Grant Program provides funds to
organizations to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry
programs. Awards are made as matching grants to local governments, educational
institutions, Native American tribal governments, and legally organized
nonprofit organizations in five grant categories: local government program
development; demonstration or site specific projects; nonprofit administration;
information and education, and urban forestry training.
Legacy Program focuses on protecting environmentally important forest areas that
are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses and, through the use of
voluntary conservation easements and fee simple purchases, to promoting forest
land protection and other conservation opportunities.
Florida Statewide Endangered and Threatened Plant Conservation Program works toward the recovery of federally-listed
endangered and threatened plant species in Florida. The goal of the program
is to restore and maintain existing populations of listed plants on public
land and on those private lands managed for conservation purposes.
Rural Development Program provides rural communities with technical assistance
to design and develop forest-based projects and acts as a liaison between
communities and the various organizations that provide financial and in-kind
support for rural development projects.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Invasive Upland Control Funding provides approximately $9 million annually for upland invasive
plant removal projects on public conservation lands recognized by the Florida
Natural Areas Inventory.
Wildlife Grants Program is a matching grant program that
provides financial support for projects that address conservation needs
identified in the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. Grants are awarded to eligible recipients on a competitive
basis. A new grant cycle opens in the fall of each year.
Boating Improvement Program provides funding through competitive
grants for boating access projects and other boating-related activities
on coastal and/or inland waters of Florida. Eligible program participants
include county governments, municipalities, and other governmental entities
of the State of Florida.
Florida Department of State
Preservation Small Matching Grant Program assists in the identification, excavation,
protection, and rehabilitation of historic and archaeological sites in
Florida. The grant funds are available to support both acquisition and
development activities and protection and education activities. Funding is contingent on Legislative appropriation. The annual grant cycle
typically begins on October 1 and ends December 15.
- Historic Preservation Special
Category Grants - The purpose of the Special Category Grants program is to provide assistance for major archaeological excavations, large restoration or rehabilitation projects, major museum exhibits, and presentations of information on the history of Florida. The solicitation period for applications is typically July 1 to August 31. Funding is contingent on Legislative appropriation.
- General Program Support - Discipline-Based Grants - The General Program Support grant is designed to fund the general program activities of an organization that is realizing its stated mission and furthering the state's cultural objectives. The Discipline-Based Program provides grants for conducting, creating, producing, staging, or presenting cultural exhibits, performances, educational programs, or events.
- Specific Cultural Project Grants Program - Discipline-Based Grants - The Specific Cultural Project grant is designed to fund a cultural project, program, exhibition, or series taking place within the grant period (July 1 through June 30). The grant activities must support the mission of the organization and further the state's cultural objectives.
Florida Department of Transportation
Enhancement Program - The following activities are eligible for funding under the Transportation
Enhancement Program: facilities for pedestrians and bicycles; safety and
educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists; acquisition of scenic
easements and scenic or historic sites; scenic or historic highway programs;
landscaping and other scenic beautification; historic preservation, rehabilitation
and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities;
preservation of abandoned railway corridors; control and removal of outdoor
advertising; archaeological planning and research; environmental mitigation,
and; transportation museums. The program is not a grant program, rather
projects are undertaken by project sponsors, and eligible costs are reimbursed.
Florida Inland Navigation District (East Coast)
Assistance Program - The Florida Inland Navigation District provides grants to local governments
for eligible waterway related projects that include the following: shoreline
stabilization; waterway related recreation; environmental education; boating
safety; inlet management; dredged material management, and public navigation.
Waterway related projects must be located on natural, navigable waterways
within the District. There is no limitation on the amount funding that
may be requested.
West Coast Inland Navigation District (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte
and Lee counties only)
Development Program - The West Coast Inland Navigational District provides grants to local governments
for projects that include: shoreline stabilization; waterway related recreation;
environmental education; boating safety; inlet management; dredged material
management, and public navigation. Waterway related projects must be located
on natural, navigable waterways within Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and
Lee counties only.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program - Under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service provides matching grants to acquire, restore,
manage or enhance coastal wetlands.
American Wetlands Conservation Act - The Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that
supports public-private partnerships funded projects must involve long-term protection,
restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.
Grants Program - The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports
public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States
that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement
of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated
migratory birds. Funding priority is given to grantees or partners new
to the Act's Grants Program.
- United States
Fish and Wildlife Service - The United States Fish and Wildlife Service administers a variety of natural resource
assistance grants to governmental, public and private organizations, groups
United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
Protection, Watershed Surveys, and Flood Prevention - The purpose of the Watershed Program, including River Basin operations, is
to assist federal, state, and local agencies, local government sponsors, tribal
governments, and program participants to protect and restore watersheds
from damage caused by erosion, floodwater, and sediment, to conserve and
develop water and land resources, and to solve natural resource and related
economic problems on a watershed basis. The program provides technical
and financial assistance to local people or project sponsors, builds partnerships,
and requires local and state funding contribution.
Florida Defense Alliance
- Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant - The Defense Infrastructure Grant Program was designed to provide support for local infrastructure projects (e.g. construction, land purchases, easements) that have a positive impact on an installation's military value. Infrastructure grants may also be used to conduct studies, develop presentations, analyses, plans, and modeling in direct support of these infrastructure projects. These funds are not eligible for on-base construction projects.
United States Department of Defense
- Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative - The Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative funds innovative partnerships between Military Service departments and state and local governments or private conservation organizations to leverage public and private funds to preserve critical buffers and landscapes around key test and training areas. The program provides funding for the military to work with state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and willing land owners to help prevent encroachment of test and training areas.
The Conservation Fund
American Greenways Awards Program - The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program, a partnership project of the
Eastman Kodak Company, The Conservation Fund, and the National Geographic
Society, provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of
greenways in communities throughout America. Grants may be used for activities
such as: mapping, ecological assessments, surveying, conferences, and design
activities; developing brochures, interpretative displays, audio-visual
productions or public opinion surveys; hiring consultants, incorporating
land trusts, building a foot bridge, planning a bike path, or other creative
Additional Florida Grant Resources
of State Financial Assistance - The Catalog of State Financial Assistance is a statewide compendium of state
projects that provide financial assistance to non-state entities. As the
basic reference source for state projects, the Catalog
helps users obtain general information on state projects and
identify state projects that meet specific objectives. State projects
are cataloged by agency and are assigned a Catalog of State Financial Assistance
number for easy referencing.
Florida Resource Directory - The Florida Resource Directory contains information about the latest state
and many federal programs and resources available to local communities.
The Directory provides information and contacts for many types of projects,
such as building a community park, infrastructure, housing, health services,
training, and small business and tourism development assistance.
League of Cities - Financial and Technical Assistance for Florida Municipalities is a 346-page
resource book that provides information on grants, loans, technical assistance
and other resources available to Florida municipalities. The current edition
is available in print and online.
Florida Communities Trust Parks and Open Space Quick