The 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.
The FRDAP is a state competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to local governments to develop and/or acquire land for public outdoor recreational purposes. The maximum grant request is $200,000.
The LWCF is a federal competitive program that provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation use. The matching ratio is one applicant dollar to one federal dollar for all grant awards (50% / 50%). The maximum grant request is $200,000.
This grant program was established to promote the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources at the local level. Grants support four program areas: resilient communities, public access, working waterfronts, and coastal stewardship. In the past, coastal paddling trail development and primitive campsite improvements such as composting toilets have been funded.
Administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this grant program provides funding through competitive grants for boating access projects and other motorized boating-related activities on coastal and/or inland waters of Florida.
The Florida Department of Transportation's TAP focuses on improvements which create alternatives to transportation for the non-motorized user and enhancements to the transportation system for all users. Nine activities are eligible for funding including construction, planning and design of on- and off-road facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Managed by the Florida Department of Transportation, the SUN Trail program funds non-motorized paved shared-use trails that are part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System Priority Trail Map coordinated by OGT.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy awards about $85,000 per year to support organizations and local governments that implement projects to build and improve multi-use trails. Applications for 2018 funding opens December 1, 2017, and closes January 31, 2018.
The RTP is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies of city, county, state or federal governments and organizations approved by the state, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, for the development of recreational trails, trailheads, and trailside facilities. For more information on Florida's Recreational Trails Program, view Chapter 62S-2, Florida Administrative Code (pdf 109 kb), the rule governing the program in Florida.
If you have questions about RTP, please contact:
Lauren Cruz Phone: 850-245-2051 Lauren.Cruz@FloridaDEP.gov Recreational Trails Program, Office of Operations Department of Environmental Protection 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 585 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000
March 25, 2019 - 11:22am
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