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Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program

Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program

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The preservation of green space, including parks, open space, beaches and natural areas, is an important factor in creating livable communities. In 1989, the Florida Communities Trust was created to meet this need. The Trust was funded through the Preservation 2000 bond program until the Florida Forever program was approved by the Florida Legislature in 1999.
The Parks and Open Space Florida Forever grant program provides funding to local governments and eligible nonprofit environmental organizations for acquisition of community-based parks, open space and greenways that further outdoor recreation and natural resource protection needs identified in local government comprehensive plans. The program provides local governments the opportunity to leverage local dollars with state dollars to optimize conservation benefits and encourages both public-private partnerships and land acquisition initiatives.
The Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program requires local governments to provide a minimum 25% match, except for nonprofit environmental organizations and small local governments (defined as municipalities with a population less than 10,000 and counties with a population less than 75,000).

Northeast Florida Regional Workshop

The Florida Communities Trust (FCT) will host a public workshop on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. The workshop will inform FCT grant recipients of their responsibilities, provide a general understanding of program requirements and give community partners an opportunity to ask questions.
City Hall
501 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, FL 32401
When 10 a.m. CDT
Virtual Participants Please register for the GoToWebinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar. In-person attendees do not need to register.

Post-Completion Responsibilities 

Additional Resources

Reports and Additional Information

Contact us for more information:

Department of Environmental Protection
Division of State Lands
Land and Recreation Grants Section
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 585
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

Last Modified:
June 18, 2024 - 2:47pm

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