The Florida State
Clearinghouse (SCH) administers the intergovernmental
coordination and review process of certain state and federal
activities within the state of Florida which involve federal
financial assistance and/or direct federal activity.
The State Clearinghouse also reviews all programs which
federal agencies have indicated are eligible for inclusion
under Presidential Executive Order 12372.
Section 403.061(42), F.S., identifies the SCH as the state
single point of contact for coordinating the states review of
What is the purpose of the State Clearinghouse?
The State Clearinghouse
process is designed to:
- eliminate duplication;
- ensure the proposals are
in accord with state plans, policies, programs, objectives
- determine if the
proposed project is fiscally and environmentally sound;
- ensure that the
proposals are consistent with the Florida Coastal
- determine if the project
will have any adverse effects of Florida's natural
resources, wildlife, historical or archaeological sites or
- provide information to
agencies concerning proposed activities that may affect
their respective programs; and
- resolve conflicts, when
How does the State Clearinghouse work?
How do I determine if my
application is subject to review?
Your federal application
must be submitted to the State Clearinghouse for review if
- Originates from a state
agency, state university, or state community college; or
- Involves applications
for federal funding, excluding student loans and small
business loans. These projects generally originate
from local school boards, local health departments and
profit/nonprofit organizations; or
- Includes activities that
may affect Florida's environment or water quality, such as
construction or transportation; or
- Pertains to one or more
of the following state and federal laws:
- Section 216.212, Florida Statutes
- Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP)
- Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)
- National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act;
- Involves projects which
have been determined to have a significant effect on
Florida's environment, including those requiring:
- Environmental Assessments (EAs)
- Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)
- FCMP Consistency Determinations
How do I
comply with the State Clearinghouse requirements?
Applicants whose projects
may have a significant effect on Florida's environment,
including those requiring Environmental Assessments,
Environmental Impact Statements, and/or Florida Coastal
Management Program Consistency Determinations, must submit a
minimum of 10 copies to the State Clearinghouse.
Failure to send a sufficient number of copies will result in
The application should
include the following items:
- Application for Federal
Assistance facesheet (SF 424 Form), including the Catalog
of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.
- Budget Information (SF
424A Form, 424C Form, or 524 Form), including budget
summary, budget narrative and funding source.
- Program Narrative or
Executive Summary or Abstract; this information must
include purpose, scope, justification, area to be served,
staffing and other pertinent data.
- Maps which show project
activity location(s) within Florida, if applicable.
- For Construction
Projects: Maps which show exact site location, as well as
information regarding sewer, water supply, zoning,
susceptibility to flooding, storm water management,
hydrology and acreage.