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Resilience and Coastal Protection Project Funding Sources

Need help finding the right funding source for your community's resilience or coastal protection project or program?

Here, you will find a table of various funding sources available through the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection. Depending on the program, grant opportunities are available for local governments, state agencies and other entities eligible to help plan, design, manage or construct projects such as vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans, beach and inlet management, public access needs, and marina waste pump handling. Contact our office for additional information, or if you have any questions.

Grant Program Description Eligibility
Coastal Partnership Initiative Grants

Through the Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI), the Florida Coastal Management Program makes federal (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) funds available on a competitive basis to Florida's 35 coastal counties and all municipalities within their boundaries that are required to include a coastal element in their comprehensive plan. Florida's public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups also may apply for CPI funds, if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner. CPI grants provide support for innovative, local, coastal management projects in four program areas: Resilient Communities; Public Access; Working Waterfronts; and Coastal Stewardship.

Florida's 35 coastal counties and all municipalities within their boundaries that are required to include a coastal element in their local comprehensive plan. Florida's public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups also may apply if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner.

Clean Vessel Act Grant

In Florida, the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program is housed within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Since 1994, DEP has provided grants to marinas across the state to install pumpout facilities and to purchase pumpout vessels. To further improve water quality in Florida’s waterways, DEP’s Clean Boater Program also funds educational programs for boaters through the Clean Vessel Act grant.  The CVA grant program is a great way to upgrade your marina's waste handling facilities and provide customers with a quick and convenient option for proper disposal. The Clean Vessel Program can fund up to 75 percent of eligible project costs relating to site preparation, equipment purchase, installation, operations, maintenance, sewage hauling, signage, and educational outreach.

Current facilities (public or private) that provide public access to pumpout equipment

Beaches Funding Program

Funding for the restoration and nourishment of Florida's critically eroded beaches is managed by the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. The program provides and manages grants to local governments and municipalities for the planning, implementation, and maintenance of beach and inlet management projects to protect upland structures and infrastructure, to provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species, to provide recreational opportunities and to support local economies through tourism.
Recognizing the importance of the state's beaches, the Florida Legislature in 1986 adopted a posture of protecting and restoring the state's beaches through a comprehensive beach management planning program. The program evaluates beach erosion problems throughout the state seeking viable solutions. The program is authorized by Section 161.101, Florida Statutes, and rules of Chapter 62B-36, F.A.C.

Beaches that the Department has designated as critically eroded are eligible for funding. Financial assistance in an amount up to 50 percent of project costs is available to Florida's local governments, including county and municipal governments, community development districts and special taxing districts.

Florida Resilient Coastlines Program

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is committed to marshaling resources to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and habitats for the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels. Through the Florida Resilient Coastlines Program, DEP continues its efforts to help ensure collaboration among Florida’s coastal communities, and to offer technical assistance and funding to coastal communities dealing with increasingly complex flooding, erosion and habitat shifts.

The Florida Resilient Coastlines Program (FRCP), provides financial assistance aimed at preparing Florida's coastal communities for current and future effects of rising sea levels, including coastal flooding, erosion and ecosystem changes. Resilience Planning Grants are available to Florida communities that are required to have a coastal management element in their comprehensive plan. Eligible activities include: Compliance with “Peril of Flood” statute (Sec. 163.3178(2)(f) F.S.), Development of Adaptation Action Areas, Vulnerability Assessments, Adaptation Plans or Resilience Plans other than what's necessary for compliance with Peril of Flood Requirements, such as those for historic resources or stormwater management systems, and Regional collaboration efforts.

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March 16, 2020 - 11:33am

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