On April 28, 2021, RESTORE Council approved its Funded Priorities List 3b (FPL 3b) for restoration efforts across the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Upon approval of the FPL, RESTORE Council released its Notice of Funding Availability, for which RESTORE Council members may submit applications. Following applications for federal awards, DEP’s Deepwater Horizon Program (DWH) will receive approval to fund $29,787,500 to support four Gulf Coast restoration programs, with an additional $38,962,500 identified for future funding.
Gulf Coast Resiliency Program: The Gulf Coast Resiliency Program was developed to address stressors such as: threats from sea level rise; hazards associated with extreme weather; coastal inundation; and habitat loss and fragmentation.
Gulf Coast Tributaries Hydrologic Restoration Program: The Tributaries and Hydrologic Restoration Program was developed to address stressors associated with hydrologic modification, and to improve: flow regime dynamics; nutrient cycling; salinity gradients; and wildlife habitat and biodiversity.
Water Quality Improvement Program: The Water Quality Improvement Program was developed to address stressors associated with: agricultural runoff; urban stormwater runoff; septic system effluent; and inadequate wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
Strategic Gulf Coast Land Acquisition Program: DEP relies on the state’s established Florida Forever program to identify and select projects to fund under the Florida Strategic Gulf Coast Land Acquisition Program.
Submitting Project Proposals
A solicitation for projects for RESTORE FPL3b programs in Florida is anticipated to be announced in late Spring/early Summer 2022. The announcement will include instructions for submitting the proposal online and the application deadline.
Financial assistance is available to Florida’s local governments, including county and municipal governments, special districts, water management districts, other state agencies, and non-governmental organizations that can demonstrate competency in meeting 2 C.F.R. part 200. Proposals will be considered for projects that address restoration approaches and techniques outlined in RESTORE Council’s Planning Framework. Project eligibility for the 2022 solicitation for projects includes the following:
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.