Hello from the Bell Tower team! We hope you are enjoying your summer. Congratulations to our cities who have been awarded $2,599,500 in funding from The Florida Department of Transportation! The July newsletter includes support for the police, water management, sea level rise and more. On the horizon includes the Children’s Trust Youth Development Program due to be out in October, we will keep an eye out on that release for you. If you have some ideas you would like to discuss with us , you can reach out at the “schedule a call” button below

Bridge Investment Program
Department of Transportation
Due Date: Small Bridge Projects must be submitted by September 8, 2022 and Large Bridge Projects by August 9, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: Minimum of $2,500,000 maximum of $10,000,000,000

There are two remaining categories of Bridge Investment Program (BIP) funding opportunities: (1) Bridge Projects (projects with eligible costs less than $100 million); and (2) Large Bridge Projects (projects with eligible costs greater than $100 million). Eligible applicants may submit applications for any of the funding categories, but each category has distinct eligibility and selection criteria and application deadlines.

A total of $2.36 billion in 2022 BIP funds are available for the Bridge Projects and Large Bridge Projects funding opportunities. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis for bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and protection projects that: (1) improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of the movement of people and freight over bridges; and (2) improve the condition of bridges in the United States by reducing (a) the number of bridges, and total person miles traveled over bridges, that are in poor condition or that are in fair condition and at risk of falling into poor condition within the next three years, or (b) the number of bridges, and total person miles traveled over bridges, that do not meet current geometric design standards or cannot meet the load and traffic requirements typical of the regional transportation network. In addition, Large Bridge Projects that receive a BIP award of not less than $100 million are eligible for multiyear grants, in which DOT can award available funds to a project over the course of several years in accordance with an agreement and in alignment with its schedule. In selecting Bridge Projects and Large Bridge Projects, FHWA will consider the extent to which BIP funds leverage non-Federal contributions from sponsors and stakeholders involved in the planning, design, and construction of eligible projects.

FY 2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: Grants.Gov by August 3, 2022; JustGrants by August 8, 2022
Match: none
Funding: Click here for your City’s Allocation

Program Description: This grant program is designed to provide units of local government with additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following program areas:

  • Law enforcement programs
  • Prosecution and court programs
  • Prevention and education programs
  • Corrections and community corrections programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs
  • Crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation)
  • Mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams

The JAG Program is focused on building trust and legitimacy and on collaborative efforts for crime prevention.

FY 2022 JAG Direct Byrne Grant
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Due Date: August 31, 2022
Match: none
Funding: Click here for your City’s Allocation

Based on the Byrne JAG Strategic Plan, the following priorities were chosen:

  • Improve communication and collaboration
  • Talent creation and development
  • Improve service delivery
  • Public safety

Resilient Florida – Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: September 1, 2022
Match: 50%
Funding: $100,000,000 Available

Implementation projects that address risks of flooding or sea-level rise identified in a vulnerability assessment that meet the requirements of Section 380.093(3), F.S.

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.

Federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: September/October 2022
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.

On the horizon…

Flood Mitigation Assistance
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Due Date: Tentative Date by August 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: To be determined

Some of the Eligible Activities are:

  • Acquisition/Demolition
  • Elevation of Structures
  • Mitigation Reconstruction
  • Structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings
  • Infrastructure Retrofit
  • Project Scoping- Individual Home and Community Flood

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.


Children’s Trust RFP 2023-01 Youth Development
Children’s Trust
Due Date: Tentatively to be released October 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: To be determined

High-quality after-school programs and summer camps can increase school attendance, improve academic performance, decrease risky behaviors, prevent summer learning loss and support working families.

Youth development programs will be funded throughout Miami-Dade County, with concentration in under-served communities with high proportions of children and youth experiencing poverty. Services during the school year and summer will serve children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as young adults transitioning from foster care and youth with disabilities through age 22. Programs will be inclusive of and fully accommodate children and youth with disabilities and will also be encouraged to support other vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations who may be negatively impacted by poverty, lack of opportunity and related neighborhood and social factors.


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