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NOAA Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Marine Debris Removal Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Due Date: October 5, 2022
Match: to be determined
Funding: Up to $56,000,000

The NOAA will award up to $56 million through funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for large scale projects that remove marine debris to benefit marine and Great Lakes habitats and communities. This competition focuses on two main priorities: removing large marine debris and using proven interception technologies to capture marine debris throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and Freely Associated States.

Click the links below for more information:
NOAA
Grants.gov

Criminal Justice Data Transparency (CJDT) Implementation Assistance Program
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Due Date: October 14, 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: To be determined

The Criminal Justice Data Transparency (CJDT) initiative was established as a framework by the Florida Legislature under Florida statutes 900.05 and 943.6871. The goal of the CJDT initiative is to increase public visibility of criminal justice processes throughout the state and to provide policymakers with the information they need to make informed policy decisions. The legislation directs the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to collect and publish CJDT data received from contributing state and local agencies. In addition, this legislation requires FDLE to establish a uniform arrest affidavit (UAA) with specifications for state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies to use for criminal offense arrest reporting.

The CJDT and UAA projects are designed to implement solutions to collect, process, and make available complete, accurate, and timely criminal justice data submitted by state and local law enforcement agencies. The Legislature has appropriated funds to assist with this transition for county detention centers to receive technical assistance for updating Jail Management Systems (JMS) and any other necessary expenses to provide compatibility with the criminal justice data collection and reporting requirements that comply with legislative requirements.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to:

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

Coastal Partnership Initiative Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: October 31, 2022
Match: 100% (cash or in-kind)
Funding: Max for Planning, design and coordination- $30,000 Max for construction projects, Habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal and land acquisition – $60,000 ; minimum $10,000

CPI grants provide support for innovative, local, coastal management projects in four program areas:

  • Resilient communities.
  • Public access.
  • Working waterfronts.
  • Coastal stewardship.

Eligible entities may apply for grants for community projects such as habitat restoration, park planning and improvements, waterfront revitalization and improving community resiliency to coastal hazards.

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.

Brownfields Program Grants
US Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: November 22, 2022
Match: To be determined
Funding: Approximately $500,000 to 2,000,000

Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum. Please visit the Types of Brownfields Grant Funding for an overview of the Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants.

On the horizon…

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.

Save America’s Treasure
National Park Service
Due Date: estimated to come out in Fall 2022
Match: 1:1
Funding: To be determined Up to $500,000

Through the Historic Preservation Fund, Save America’s Treasure grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Properties include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures and objects. Collections include artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art. Grants are administered on a competitive basis by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Land and Water Conservation Fund
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: January 31, 2023
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000

The Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a federal competitive program that provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation.

Eligible participants include all county governments, municipalities in Florida and other legally constituted local governmental entities with the responsibility for providing outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the general public.

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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