Water Quality Protection grant applications being accepted now for review!

DEP Launches Water Quality Protection Grant Portal for Fiscal Year 2023-24

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched an online grant portal to provide eligible entities the opportunity to submit proposals for water-related grant programs. Eligible entities include local governments, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
On June 15, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Fiscal Year 2023-24 Framework for Freedom budget, making this the largest environmental budget in the state’s history. More than $390 million is available this fiscal year to implement important projects that protect Florida’s water resources.

To implement this unprecedented investment, DEP is seeking project proposals for FY 2023-24 that will bolster existing efforts to protect and restore Florida’s water resources, as well as for new programs enacted this legislative session including the Water Quality Improvement Grant Program and Indian River Lagoon Protection Program.

The online grant application portal opens today, July 5, 2023. Grant programs have different closing dates, so please review the closing date posted for each grant program on ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals to all grant programs for which they may be eligible.

Grant opportunities include:

Water Quality Improvement Grants, which address wastewater (including septic-to-sewer), stormwater, and agricultural sources of nutrients in waterbodies that are not attaining nutrient or nutrient-related standards; have an established total maximum daily load; or are located within a basin management action plan area, a reasonable assurance plan area, an accepted alternative restoration plan area, or a rural area of opportunity.
Indian River Lagoon Water Quality Improvement Grants, which address water quality challenges in the Indian River Lagoon. Projects can include wastewater (including septic-to-sewer), stormwater management, and other projects that will help improve water quality and support the Indian River Lagoon Protection Program.
And more programs focusing on various aspects of water quality improvement and sustainability.
Please note, any information submitted to DEP will become a public record, subject to disclosure in accordance with Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and Article 1, § 24 of the Florida Constitution. Submittal of a project proposal does not create an agreement, nor does it guarantee funding. All awards are contingent upon legislative appropriations.

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