Hello from the Bell Tower team! This month the grants protect our police and support them with Community Violence Prevention Programs. There are grants to keep our beautiful cities safe from rising waters, making our roads safer and options for improving our transit system. As well as a Florida Humanities grant to help preserve our unique history in our cities and our state. Please feel free to reach out to us at the link below to schedule a call to discuss your ideas and how we can win funding for your projects.

Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program
Florida Department of Emergency Management
Due Date: May 27, 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: Up to $194,000

The proposed mitigation retrofit improvements must reduce losses or reduce the cost of rebuilding after a disaster. Additionally, Proposers must identify structures that are not in compliance with the current edition of the Florida Building Code (“FBC”). When determining the effectiveness of a particular retrofit improvement, the Division will focus on the amount of reduction in risk exposure associated with the mitigation of a structure, not the age of that structure. Eligible Activities: wind mitigation improvements, hardening of public hurricane shelters, inspection and improving tie-downs for mobile homes.

Watershed Planning Initiative Phase II
Florida Department of Emergency Management
Due Date: June 3, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $150,000 to $250,000

The Watershed Planning Initiative is funded through a $26.6 million grant under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), as approved by FDEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with the purpose of creating standardized, cost-effective, and easily replicable Watershed Master Plans (WMP) throughout the state of Florida. According to NFIP (2019), there are 1.77 million flood insurance policies in Florida, and a 5% discount in communities with large concentrations of flood insurance policyholders would result in cumulative yearly savings far exceeding the cost of the grant award.

Community Violence Prevention
US HHS Health and Human Services
Due Date: June 4, 2022
Match: None
Funding: $500,000 to $1,500,000

Specifically, this program will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants to build and increase local Community Violence Prevention capacity and support funded recipients to establish a community-driven prevention system that works with community organizations, local communities and affected populations, and multisector partners to prevent violence.

This NOFO will fund up to 50 community-driven collaborative applicants. A community collaborative is a group of community organizations and local partners working directly in the community to prevent violence. Each community-driven collaborative would identify one lead organization (e.g., mayor’s office, non-profit, tribal org, local health department) that will apply on their behalf.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: June 10, 2022
Match: To be decided
Funding: Minimum of $500,000 per application
Eligible Florida Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Wakulla, Washington

Eligible activities include projects that demonstrably increase community resilience. The following types of infrastructure projects are encouraged:

  • Restoration of critical infrastructure
  • Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches
  • Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community
  • Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems
  • Improvements to drainage facilities
  • Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants
  • Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening

Cops Hiring Grant
Department of Justice
Due Date: June 16, 2022
Match: amount above the grant award
Funding: $125,000 per officer

A competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. Anticipated outcomes of the CHP program awards include increased engagement in community partnerships, implementation of projects that focus on prioritized crime issues impacting communities, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agencies to implement comprehensive community policing plans that build trust and reduce crime.

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)
Department of Justice
Due Date: June 14, 2022
Match: 25%
Funding: maximum $500,000

This program provides funding to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the grantees’ jurisdictions through evidence-based school safety programs. Awards will be provided directly to eligible state, local, Tribal, and territorial partners. Recipients of SVPP funding must use the funding for the benefit of K-12, primary, and secondary schools and students. Eligible Activities: technology, communication enhancement between law enforcement, safety training, hardening of school for security purposes.

Resilient Florida Grant Program – Planning
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: June 22, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: to be determined

The Resilient Florida program includes a selection of grants for counties, municipalities, and RREs to assess vulnerability, update existing assessments for statutory compliance, conduct adaptation planning and perform peril of flood comprehensive plan amendments, when applicable. Florida communities with an approved vulnerability study will receive preference when applying for future FDEP mitigation implementation grants.

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 27, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: to be determined

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a unique U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement.

In the BVP Program, “uniquely fitted vests” means protective (ballistic or stab-resistant) armor vests that conform to the individual wearer to provide the best possible fit and coverage, through a combination of: 1) correctly-sized panels and carrier, determined through appropriate measurement, and 2) properly adjusted straps, harnesses, fasteners, flaps, or other adjustable features. The requirement that body armor be “uniquely fitted” does not necessarily require body armor that is individually manufactured based on the measurements of an individual wearer. In support of the Office of Justice Programs’ efforts to improve officer safety, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International has made available the Standard Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor Personal Armor Fit Assessment checklist is excerpted from ASTM E3003.

Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement: The BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 included a provision that states that BJA may give preferential consideration to BVP recipients that provide armor vests to law enforcement officers that are uniquely fitted for such officers, including vests uniquely fitted to individual female law enforcement officers. This provision is applicable to FY 17 BVP awards moving forward. Please see the BVP Reauthorization Act of 2015 amendment for reference.

Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants
Florida Humanities Council
Due Date: July 13, 2022 (estimated)
Match: to be determined
Funding: Up to $10,000

Beginning in 2022, Florida Humanities’ Community Project Grants will double, awarding up to $10,000 to support humanities-based learning experiences! In public humanities programming funded through this grant, Floridians are encouraged to engage in thoughtful reflection, analysis, and consideration of important topics relevant to local communities, and the state at large. This funding opportunity aims to increase public participation in — and access to — the humanities by providing relevant, engaging, and meaningful humanities-based programming to all. At its core, Community Project Grants embody our mission to preserve, promote and share the history, literature, culture and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities and their state.

NOTE THE ELIGIBILITY: Applications will be accepted from Florida-based public agencies (including libraries, museums, schools, and tribal governments) and Florida-based nonprofit organizations constituted for nonprofit purposes. Universities and colleges are encouraged to apply through Greater Good: Humanities in Academia. Individuals, for-profit organizations and foreign governments/organizations are not eligible for funding.

On the horizon…

Bridge Investment Program
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Due Date: Expected to be available in May 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: $12,500,000,000 for the program (FY 2022 to 2026) Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program the Bridge Investment Program is to improve bridges (and culvert) condition, safety efficiency, and reliability.
Eligible projects:

  • Project to replace, rehabilitate, preserve or protect one or more bridges on the National Bridge Inventory
  • Project to replace or rehabilitate culverts to improve flood control and improve habitat connectivity for aquatic species

Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: Expected to be available in May 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: $13,000,000

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, continues the competitive Transit Oriented Development (TOD) planning program, that provides funding for efforts associated with an eligible transit project for which the project sponsor will seek funding through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program. TOD focuses growth around transit stations to create compact, mixed-use communities with easy access to jobs and services. TOD capitalizes on public investments in transit and supports transit systems by increasing ridership and fare revenue.

Grants are available to assist in financing comprehensive or site-specific planning associated with eligible projects that seek to:

  • Enhance economic development, ridership, and other goals established during the project development and engineering processes
  • Facilitate multimodal connectivity and accessibility
  • Increase access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic
  • Enable mixed-use development
  • Identify infrastructure needs associated with the eligible project
  • Include private sector participation

Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program
Department of Transportation
Due Date: Expected to be available in May 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: $5,000,000,000

The Office of the Secretary’s Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant program provides supplemental funding to support local initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets, commonly referred to as ‘‘Vision Zero’’ or ‘‘Toward Zero Deaths’’ initiatives.

Eligible uses:

The term ‘‘eligible project’’ means a project—

  • to develop a comprehensive safety action plan;
  • to conduct planning, design, and development activities for projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan; or
  • to carry out projects and strategies identified in a comprehensive safety action plan.

TPO SMART Demonstration Projects
Miami Dade County
Due Date: To be determined
Match: To be determined
Funding: To be determined

Partner with local agencies to identify and implement demonstration projects that advance elements of the SMART Plan including Bus Express Rapid Transit (BERT) Network.

Demonstration project should have a duration of no more than 3 years. If successful outcome, agencies accept commitment to continue projects. Encourage innovation and flexibility to help expedite demonstration projects that advance part or all of the SMART Plan corridor.

Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: Expected to be available in June 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: $1,000,000,000

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program will restore community connectivity by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including to mobility, access, or economic development. Eligible uses:

  • Grants (≥$5 million) for capital construction projects, including the removal and replacement of eligible facilities. Planning grants (≤$2 million).

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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