Happy New Year from the Bell Tower Team! There are lots of grant opportunities to look forward to in 2023 from conservation and restoration to law enforcement and arts grants. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project ideas. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us. 

Land and Water Conservation Fund
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: January 31, 2023
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,500,000

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.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: January 31, 2023
Match: TBD
Funding: Up to $1.6 million

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. 
Eligible projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, habitat, water quality and wildlife monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. 

Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce impact of environmental hazards, and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation. 

Small Rural and Tribal Body Warn Camera (SRT BWC) Program
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Due Date: February 17, 2023
Match: 1:1
Funding: $2,000 per camera

The SRT BWC program provides funds for body-worn cameras to:

  • any law enforcement department with 50 or fewer full-time sworn personnel;
  • rural agencies (those agencies within non-urban or non-metro counties); and
  • federally-recognized tribal agencies.

Funds must be used to purchase or lease body-worn cameras and may include expenses reasonably related to a comprehensive BWC program. Funding can be used to support pilot BWC programs, establish new BWC implementation, or expand existing programs.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
Florida Department of Transportation
Due Date: February 20, 2023
Match: N/A
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 maximum

Funds will support local governmental entities through implementation of a variety of non-motorized transportation projects, including:

  • Construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
  • Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.
  • Transportation-related community improvement activities such as historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities and vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control
  • Any environmental mitigation activities that involve pollution prevention or storm water management on highways or reducing vehicle-caused mortalities of wildlife.
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Recreational Trails Programs 

Department of Cultural Affairs Community Grants Program
Miami-Dade County
Due Date: February 23, 2023; first-time applicants must attend January 26 workshop
Match: 50:50 cash and in-kind
Funding: Up to $15,000 depending on scale of project

The Community Grants program accepts grants on a quarterly basis for non-profit organizations developing small or 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 with a strong artistic component.

The CG panel gives priority to projects with a 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.

To be eligible to apply, an organization must be legally incorporated in the State of Florida AS NOT-FOR-PROFIT corporation, with designated tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, or a unit of local government.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE)
Department of Transportation
Due Date: February 28, 2023
Match: 20%
Funding: The minimum RAISE grant award is $5 million, except for projects located in rural areas, for which the minimum award size is $1 million. Grants may not be greater than $25 million.

The RAISE Discretionary Grant program provides a unique opportunity for the Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58, November 15, 2021, “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” or “BIL”) authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) for FY 2023 for Local and Regional Project Assistance Program Grants under National Infrastructure Investments. The program is codified at 49 U.S.C. 6702.


  • States and the District of Columbia;
  • any territory or possession of the United States;
  • a unit of local government;
  • a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States;
  • a special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority;
  • a federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes;
  • a transit agency;
  • and a multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities.

On the horizon…

Areas of Persistent Poverty (AoPP) Program
Federal Transit Administration
Due Date: March 10, 2023
Match: 10% minimum (not required)
Funding: $20,000,000

The Federal Transit Administration has announced the availability of $20,000,000 in Fiscal Year 2023 for the Areas of Persistent Poverty Program. The program awards grants to eligible applicants for planning, engineering, or development of technical or financing plans for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code to assist Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities.

Waterways Assistance Program
Florida Inland Navigation District
Due Date: March 28, 2023
Match: 75% for public navigation and dredging projects and 1:1 for all other waterway-related projects
Funding: Varies

Funding and support will be used to plan or carry out public navigation and anchorage projects, public recreation, environmental education, boating safety, acquisition and development of spoil sites and publicly owned commercial/industrial waterway access directly related to the waterways, acquisition and development of public boat ramps, launching facilities, and boat docking and mooring facilities, inlet management, maritime management planning, environmental mitigation, and beach renourishment.

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