Florida Communities Trust (FCT) assists communities in protecting important natural resources, providing recreational opportunities and preserving Florida's traditional working waterfronts through the competitive criteria in the Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program and the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program. These local land acquisition grant programs provide funding to local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations to acquire land for parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida's seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. The source of funding for Florida Communities Trust comes from Florida Forever proceeds.
**Consistent with recent precautionary guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Health regarding COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Protection has postponed the FCT Board meeting that was scheduled to occur April 16, 2020.
Additional details regarding the rescheduling of this event will be provided as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach back out at any time if you have additional questions.
We encourage you to remain vigilant in your efforts to follow the guidance that has been provided to your community from your federal, state and local government leaders. For additional updates, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health websites.
Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program
The Parks and Open Space Florida Forever grant program assists the Department of Environmental Protection in helping communities meet the challenges of growth, supporting viable community development and protecting natural resources and open space. The program receives 21 percent Florida Forever appropriation.
FCT Staff will host two workshops to provide technical assistance for project sponsors in understanding the post completion responsibilities under the FCT program once a project site has been acquired, as follows:
Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
The creation of the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program by the 2008 Florida Legislature acknowledges the importance of the traditional seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries in Florida. The program receives 2.5 percent of the total Florida Forever appropriation.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.