LaKeesha’s video introduction and highlights some of the projects for this October’s newsletter.

Florida Coastal Management Initiative CPI Funding Opportunity FY 22-23 FIBRS Implementation Assistance Program
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: October 31, 2021
Match: not indicated
Funding: $6,000,000 available to the State of Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) received authority to administer an estimated $6 million to Florida law enforcement agencies to assist in the financial burden of transitioning to the technological requirements of the Florida Incident-Based Reporting Project. Funds under this program may be used for activities related to implementing incident-based reporting at your agency. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Overtime for project staff;
  • Equipment or supplies required for system upgrades;
  • Training; and/or
  • Procurement contracts for services such as data migration, system configuration, and/or consulting

Florida Communities Trust Stand Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 
Due Date: November 1, 2021
Match: Small local governments with a population of 10,000 or less qualify for 100% funding; all others require a local match
Funding: To be determined

The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program funds will be used to acquire a parcel(s) of land directly used for the purposes of the commercial harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities, including piers, wharves, docks, or other facilities operated to provide waterfront access to licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities.

Flood Mitigation Assistance  (FMA) 
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA 
Due Date: November 12, 2021 
Match: 50:50 
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) 
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA   
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match:  50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change

Brownfield Assessment Grant
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $2,000,000

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Brownfield Cleanup Grant FY2022
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021 
Match: Yes
Funding: Up to $650,000

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Community Grants (CG) Program
Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Due Date: December 9, 2021 
Match: None
Funding: $7500 for a single event and $10,000 to $15,000 for annual recurring events

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to not-for-profit organizations developing small and large-scale community-based cultural (dance, theater, music, visual arts) programs, as well as projects and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals and publications that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with strong community involvement and/or outreach component. The CG Program is particularly sensitive to the needs of indigenous cultural neighborhood activities and projects encouraging the preservation of heritage, traditions and culture, as well as social service organizations and cultural groups developing collaborative intervention projects using the arts.

Hazard Mitigation Program
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Due Date: December 21, 2021 
Match: 25%
Funding: to be determined

State and local governments who have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) in accordance with 44 CFR §201.6, prior to receipt of HMGP subgrant funding for projects; can apply for the following type of eligible activities:

Activities include mitigation projects that will result in the protection of public or private property from natural hazards. Activities for which implementation has already been initiated or completed are not eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acquisition or relocation of hazard-prone structures;
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings and facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards; • Elevation of flood-prone structures; • Infrastructure protection measures;
  • Stormwater management improvements;
  • Minor structure flood control;
  • Flood diversion and storage;
  • Aquifer storage and recovery;
  • Floodplain and stream restoration;
  • Residential and community safe room construction; and/or
  • Generators for a critical facility, provided they are cost-effective, contribute to a long term solution to the problem that they are intended to address, and meet other project eligibility criteria as required by 44 CFR §206.434(c); or generators that are an integral part of a larger eligible project.

Founded in 2009, BellTower Consulting Group has assisted nonprofit organizations and municipalities in securing grant funding for youth programs, social services, infrastructure, parks and recreation, arts programming and much more.

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