Hello from the Bell Tower Team!  Congratulations to those cities that received a record amount of State funding through Legislative Appropriations and Protecting Florida Waters.  Several of these grant opportunities are out now and here is a breakdown. 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. 

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.

Grants for Arts Project
National Endowment for the Arts
Due Date: July 7, 2022
Match: 1:1
Funding: up to $150,000

Grants for Arts Projects is our principal grants program for organizations based in the United States. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

We fund arts projects in the following disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Arts, Theater, and Visual Arts.

See this link for additional information:  GRANTS FOR ARTS PROJECTS | National Endowment for the Arts

Innovative Volunteer Models
National Community Care Corps
Due Date: July 8, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: $30,000 to $200,000

The purpose of the project is to establish, enhance, or grow volunteer programs for family caregivers, older adults, and adults with disabilities. A wide range of nonprofit entities, such as faith- and community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and service organizations, as well as state, county, and local governments are encouraged to apply. Community Care Corps seeks to fund local models that represent a diverse cross-section of the nation reflective of demographics and geography – urban, rural, frontier, and tribal communities; underserved and limited English-speaking populations; communities with limited support programs; and more.

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.


Protecting Florida Waters – Wastewater Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: July 22, 2022
Match: 50% Minimum
Funding: 2021-22 Awards Ranged From $500,000 to $20,000,000

DWRA’s Wastewater Grant Program (WWGP) provides grants to governmental entities for wastewater projects that reduce excess nutrient pollution within a basin management action plan, alternative restoration plan adopted by final order, or rural area of opportunity (RAO). The program requires at least a 50% match which may be waived by the department for RAOs.  Projects to construct, upgrade or expand wastewater facilities to provide advanced wastewater treatment and connect septic tanks to sewer systems are prioritized. 

To be eligible for funding, a project must be located within:

Consideration is given to nutrient reductions, project readiness, cost effectiveness, overall environmental benefit, project location, local matching funds, and water savings and water quality improvement. Please refer to section 403.0673, F.S., for the text of the Wastewater Grant Program statute or see below eligibility requirements.


Protecting Florida Waters – Innovative Technology Grants
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: July 22, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: 2021-22 Awards Ranged from $25,000 – $999,581

The innovative technologies grant program is available to local governmental entities for projects that evaluate and implement innovative technologies and short-term (completed within 18 months) solutions to combat algal blooms and nutrient enrichment, restore and preserve Florida waterbodies, and implement certain water quality treatment technologies.  Eligible projects will prevent, mitigate or clean-up harmful algal blooms, with an emphasis projects that prevent blooms through nutrient reductions. Projects that improve the ability to predict and monitor harmful algal blooms are also considered for funding.

Protecting Florida Waters – Biscayne Bay, Spring Coast, and Water Quality Improvement
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: July 22, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: 2021-22 Awards Ranged from $160,000 – $12.9 Million

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking project proposals for Biscayne Bay, Springs Coast, and Water Quality Improvement Grants. These proposals will be reviewed by DEP to identify viable projects as part of the selection process. You may be asked for additional information as necessary so your project proposal for applicable funding opportunities can be fully evaluated. This grant is open to local governments and non-state entities. Eligible projects must be designed to improve water quality. Past funded projects include sewer conversion, wastewater treatment facilities, drainage improvement, and stormwater pump stations with a water treatment component.

On the horizon…

Safe Streets for All (SS4A)
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: September 1-5, 2022
Match: yes
Funding: between $200,000 and $50,000,000

Funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 SS4A grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis to support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micromobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators. Those interested in applying for Implementation Grants should use the application materials in PKG00274329; those interested in applying for Action Plan Grants should use the application materials in PKG00274330. See application instructions to determine which grant to apply for in this funding round.


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.


Federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: Rolling
Match: To be determined
Funding: Approximately $11,000,000

Financial assistance is available to Florida’s local governments, including county and municipal governments, special districts, water management districts, other state agencies, public universities/colleges and national estuary programs located in Florida. Applications are generally reviewed in November and March of each year. Projects should be at least 60% designed to be competitive. 

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstration and evaluation of best management practices (BMPs).
  • Nonpoint pollution reduction in priority watersheds (e.g., areas with water quality restoration plans, etc.).
  • Example includes treatment of impaired waters.
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)/Low Impact Development for stormwater.
  • Ground water protection from nonpoint sources.
  • Public education programs on nonpoint source management (“319 Grant” only).
  • Septic to sewer projects (“319 Grant” only).
    Examples include laying the lateral for the residence/business to the sewer main, the connection to the sewer, installing a grinder pump/station on residents property, and abandonment of the septic system if the septic tank would be a continued source of pollution.

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

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