Grants for Cities - November 2021

The Bell Tower Team wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are grateful that you entrust us to keep a watchful eye on grant opportunities to enhance services in your community. December will be busy, and the first quarter of 2022 does not show signs of slowing down. Please take note of the opportunities available through the US Environmental Protection Agency for Brownfield Assessments and Clean Up and the Florida Department of Emergency Management for the Hazard Mitigation Program. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your project ideas. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us.

FY 22-23 FIBRS Implementation Assistance Program
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: November 30, 2021
Match: not indicated
Funding: $6,000,000 available to the State of Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) received authority to administer an estimated $6 million to Florida law enforcement agencies to assist in the financial burden of transitioning to the technological requirements of the Florida Incident-Based Reporting Project. Funds under this program may be used for activities related to implementing incident-based reporting at your agency. Examples include, but are not limited to:

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

Brownfield Assessment Grant
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $200,000 – $500,000

Funding is available for Community-Wide Assessments (up to $500K) or Site-Specific Assessments (up to $200K). The Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program provides funds to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites. For the purposes of EPA’s Brownfields Program CERCLA, § 101(39) defines, a “brownfield site” as “…real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” In order to be eligible for Brownfield Grant funding, the site(s) covered by your application must meet the definition of a brownfield site

Brownfield Cleanup Grant FY2022
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: 20% cost share
Funding: Up to $500,000
Cleanup Grants provide funding for eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding. The performance period for these grants is three years. An applicant may request up to $500,000 to address one brownfield site, or multiple brownfield sites, contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum), and/or petroleum.

Community Grants (CG) Program
Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Due Date: December 9, 2021
Match: $1:$1
Funding: $7500 for a single event and $10,000 to $15,000 for annual recurring events

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to not-for-profit organizations developing small and 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 that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with 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.

Hazard Mitigation Program
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Due Date: December 21, 2021
Match: 25%
Funding: to be determined

State and local governments who have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) in accordance with 44 CFR §201.6, prior to receipt of HMGP subgrant funding for projects; can apply for the following type of eligible activities:

Activities include mitigation projects that will result in the protection of public or private property from natural hazards. Activities for which implementation has already been initiated or completed are not eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acquisition or relocation of hazard-prone structures;
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings and facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards;
  • Elevation of flood-prone structures;
  • Infrastructure protection measures;
  • Stormwater management improvements;
  • Minor structure flood control;
  • Flood diversion and storage;
  • Aquifer storage and recovery;
  • Floodplain and stream restoration;
  • Residential and community safe room construction; and/or
  • Generators for a critical facility, provided they are cost-effective, contribute to a long term solution to the problem that they are intended to address, and meet other project eligibility criteria as required by 44 CFR §206.434(c); or generators that are an integral part of a larger eligible project.

RTP Recreation Trails Program Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Due Date: January 28, 2022
Match: 1:1
Funding: $20,000 to $50,000

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seek 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. 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, water quality monitoring, and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation.

Resilient Communities Program
Bank of America and National Fish and Wildlife Federation
Due Date: February 17, 2022
Funding: $3,000,000 a year in total

Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level rise, floods, droughts, fires, and more.

RTP Recreation Trails Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: March 1, 2022
Match: Yes
Funding: $400,000 to $1,000,000

The federally funded Recreational Trails Program of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides competitive, matching-grant funds to renovate, develop, or maintain recreationally motorized, nonmotorized, and mixed-use trails and trailside facilities.

A recreational trail is a thoroughfare or track across land or water, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, hiking/jogging/running or similar activities, equestrian activities, overnight and long-distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, non-motorized aquatic or water activities including canoeing and kayaking, and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all-terrain, off-road vehicles, or dune buggies.

Grants for Cities - October 2021

FIBRS Implementation Assistance Program
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: October 31, 2021
Match: not indicated
Funding: $6,000,000 available to the State of Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) received authority to administer an estimated $6 million to Florida law enforcement agencies to assist in the financial burden of transitioning to the technological requirements of the Florida Incident-Based Reporting Project. Funds under this program may be used for activities related to implementing incident-based reporting at your agency. Examples include, but are not limited to:

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

Florida Communities Trust Stand Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: November 1, 2021
Match: Small local governments with a population of 10,000 or less qualify for 100% funding; all others require a local match
Funding: To be determined

The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program funds will be used to acquire a parcel(s) of land directly used for the purposes of the commercial harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities, including piers, wharves, docks, or other facilities operated to provide waterfront access to licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change

Brownfield Assessment Grant
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $2,000,000

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Brownfield Cleanup Grant FY2022
Environmental Protection Agency
Due Date: December 1, 2021
Match: Yes
Funding: Up to $650,000

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act (P.L. 115-141), requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish guidance for grants to assess and clean up brownfield sites. EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower states, communities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations to prevent, inventory, assess, clean up, and reuse brownfield sites.

Community Grants (CG) Program
Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs
Due Date: December 9, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $7500 for a single event and $10,000 to $15,000 for annual recurring events

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to not-for-profit organizations developing small and 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 that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with 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.

Hazard Mitigation Program
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Due Date: December 21, 2021
Match: 25%
Funding: to be determined

State and local governments who have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) in accordance with 44 CFR §201.6, prior to receipt of HMGP subgrant funding for projects; can apply for the following type of eligible activities:

Activities include mitigation projects that will result in protection of public or private property from natural hazards. Activities for which implementation has already been initiated or completed are not eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acquisition or relocation of hazard-prone structures;
  • Retrofitting of existing buildings and facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards; • Elevation of flood-prone structures; •
  • Infrastructure protection measures;
  • Stormwater management improvements;
  • Minor structure flood control;
  • Flood diversion and storage;
  • Aquifer storage and recovery;
  • Floodplain and stream restoration;
  • Residential and community safe room construction; and/or
  • Generators for a critical facility, provided they are cost-effective, contribute to a long term solution to the problem that they are intended to address, and meet other project eligibility criteria as required by 44 CFR §206.434(c); or generators that are an integral part of a larger eligible project.

 

Grants for Cities - September 2021

The Bell Tower Team wants to bring your attention to some of the new grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for purchasing land for outdoor recreation or land to support working waterfronts listed below for your review and consideration. Those grants have a quick turnaround time, so reach out to us ASAP to discuss your project idea. Click the “Schedule a call” button to reach us.

JAGD Grant
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Due Date: October 14, 2021
Match: None
Funding: Allocated by city

JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice in any one or more of the following purpose 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.

Florida Coastal Management Initiative CPI Funding Opportunity FY 22-23
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: October 15, 2021
Match: 1:1 cash or in-kind
Funding: $10,000 minimum; Up to $60,000 for construction; up to $30,000 for planning and design

There are four priority areas to this grant: Resilient Communities, Coastal; Resource Stewardship, Access to Coastal Resources and Working Waterfronts see description below:

The CPI was developed to promote the protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific priority areas:

Resilient Communities: The goal of this priority area is to help coastal communities prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change, natural hazards and disasters. Project examples include conducting vulnerability analyses and risk assessments; developing post-disaster redevelopment plans and strategies; restoring coastal wetlands; developing energy strategies; and improving community resiliency to coastal hazards.

Coastal Resource Stewardship: To promote stewardship and appreciation of fragile coastal resources, applicants may request funds for community-based projects that involve the public, volunteers, and the local government. Project examples include dune and wetland restoration; exotic plant control; coastal cleanups; and environmental awareness initiatives, events, and field trips.

Access to Coastal Resources: Communities are encouraged to accommodate public access to coastal and marine resources while protecting fragile and overused environments. Access projects could include developing plans for land acquisition and management; developing site plans for nature trails; developing recreational surface water use policies; removing exotic species and restoring native species; and small-scale capital improvements such as dune walkovers, boardwalks, and canoe/kayak launches.

Working Waterfronts: Waterfront communities may wish to revitalize, renew and promote interest in their waterfront districts. Examples of projects include developing and implementing a vision plan for a waterfront district; developing architectural standards for waterfront areas; small construction projects such as a boardwalk, observation platform, welcome center, or information kiosk; restoring shorelines and wetlands; or implementing other measures that mitigate the effects of natural hazards.

Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: October 15, 2021
Match: To be determined
Funding: $200,000 maximum

The Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Floria Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). This competitive, reimbursement grant program provides financial assistance for the acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation.

Florida Communities Trust Stand Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: November 1, 2021
Match: Small local governments with a population of 10,000 or less qualify for 100% funding; all others require a local match
Funding: To be determined

The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program funds will be used to acquire a parcel(s) of land directly used for the purposes of the commercial harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities, including piers, wharves, docks, or other facilities operated to provide waterfront access to licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, or business entities.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change.

Grants for Cities - August 2021

The Bell Tower Team wants to bring your attention to some of the Resiliency grants below for your review and consideration. We, in South Florida, have been lucky so far but we are still in hurricane season and want our cities to be prepared for this season and the next. Please let us know if you have any questions by just hitting the “Schedule a call” button below.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reductions Act Grant
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: September 27, 2021
Match: Reimbursements up to 25% of the total cost of a marine vessel replacement or up to 40% of a marine diesel engine replacement
Funding: To be determined

US Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reductions Act provides funding to help replace marine vessels or marine diesel engines with new vessels and diesel engines that meet current emission standards. DEP can fund several marine vessel and diesel engine replacement projects.

Florida Coastal Management Initiative CPI Funding Opportunity FY 22-23
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Due Date: October 15 , 2021
Match: 1:1 cash or in kind
Funding: $10,000 minimum; Up to $60,000 for construction; up to 30,000 for planning and design

The Florida Coastal Management Initiative eligible entities may apply for grants for community projects such as habitat restoration, park planning and improvements, waterfront revitalization and improving communities’ resiliency to coastal hazards.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $900,000 per sub-application

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA
Due Date: November 12, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: Up to $1,000,000 for the state

FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for the following activities: (1) Capability and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities, which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following subcategories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities; (2) Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change.

Grant for Cities - July 2021

The Bell Tower Team hopes that you have been enjoying your summer! The Resilient Florida Grant is part 2 of the Protecting Florida Together Program for your review and we have repeated the Rebuild Florida Mitigation Infrastructure Program – Round 2 to make sure you do not miss the opportunity. Check out the video below for key tips on “How to win a Rebuild Florida Grant”. Please let us know if you have questions by just hitting the “Schedule a call” button below.

Small, Rural and Tribal Body-Worn Camera Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: August 31, 2021
Required Match: to be determined
Funding: $2,000 per camera

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is releasing $7.65 million in a competitive microgrant grant solicitation that will fund body-worn cameras (BWCs) 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.

Resilient Florida
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Due Date: September 1, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: to be determined

The Resilient Florida program includes a selection of grants available to counties, municipalities, water management districts, flood control districts, and regional resilience entities. To effectively address the impacts of flooding and sea-level rise that the state faces, eligible applicants may receive funding assistance to analyze and plan for vulnerabilities, as well as implement projects for adaptation and mitigation.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation Infrastructure Program Funding Round 2
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Due Date: September 17, 2021
Match: Not Required
Funding: Minimum $2 Million

The GIP program is designed to provide funding to implement innovative, collaborative, multi-jurisdictional, or large-scale mitigation activities that reduce previously identified hazard risks for local communities to withstand emergency-related challenges better. These regional investments include, but are not limited to, restoration of critical infrastructure (ex: water and sewer facilities, streets, removal of debris, drainage, bridges, etc.), re-nourishment 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 storm-water management systems, and road repair improvement and bridge strengthening. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list but rather one to get you started as you think through large-scale, regional projects and identifying key partnerships that will positively impact your communities.

Grant for Cities - June 2021

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: July 26, 2021
Required Match: 1:1
Funding: up to $2,000 per camera

The purpose of the FY 2021 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) is to fund the purchase of body-worn cameras (BWCs) implemented of comprehensive BWC programs. Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability and transparency and can assist in de-escalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. Funding can be used to support pilot BWC programs, establish new BWC implementation, or expand existing programs. Note: Registration is required in advance of the due date by July 12, 2021.

Community Policing Development: Accreditation
COPS-US Department of Justice
Due Date: July 22, 2021
Match: None
Funding: $150,000 Maximum

The Fiscal Year 2021 Community Policing Development (CPD) Accreditation Program funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by guiding promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. Note: Registration is required in advance of the due date by July 21, 2021.

Protecting Florida Together
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Due Date: July 15, 2021
Required Match: 50% for Wastewater Grants
Funding: Varies by each of the three grants

1)Wastewater Grants
This grant program is provided to governmental entities for projects that reduce excess nutrient pollution within a basin management action plan (BMAP), alternative restoration plan adopted by final order, or rural area of opportunity. The program is subject to appropriation and requires a 50% local match of funds, which DEP may waive for rural areas of opportunity. Eligible projects include onsite sewage treatment, and disposal systems (OSTDS) upgrades to enhanced nutrient-reducing systems; projects to construct, upgrade or expand facilities to provide advanced waste treatment; and septic to sewer connections. Florida’s statutory provisions prioritize septic to sewer connections. Funding $616,000,000 ( $116,000,000 State funds and $500,000,000 Federal funds).

2) Innovative Technology Grants
This grant program is available to local governmental entities for projects that evaluate and implement innovative technologies and short-term solutions to combat algal blooms and nutrient enrichment; restore and preserve Florida waterbodies, and implement certain water quality treatment technologies. Project proposals must prevent, mitigate or clean up harmful algal blooms, emphasizing those that prevent blooms through nutrient reductions. Projects that improve the ability to predict and monitor harmful algal blooms will also be considered for funding. Funding $10,000,000.

3) Water Quality Improvement Grants
Biscayne Bay $20 Million Fund, Springs Coast Watershed, and Peace River Basin, $20 Million Fund
For FY 2021-22, funds will specifically target water quality improvements in the Springs Coast Watershed (North Central Florida West Coast area), Peace River Basin (Central Florida to SW Central Florida area), and Biscayne Bay. These grant programs continue the state’s partnership with local governmental entities to address water quality challenges in these important watersheds.

Rebuild Florida Mitigation Infrastructure Program Funding Round 2
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Due Date: September 17, 2021
Match: To be determined
Funding: Minimum $2 Million

The GIP program is designed to provide funding to implement innovative, collaborative, multi-jurisdictional, or large-scale mitigation activities that reduce previously identified hazard risks for local communities to withstand emergency-related challenges better. These regional investments include, but are not limited to, restoration of critical infrastructure (ex: water and sewer facilities, streets, removal of debris, drainage, bridges, etc.), re-nourishment 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 storm-water management systems, and road repair improvement and bridge strengthening. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list but rather one to get you started as you think through large-scale, regional projects and identifying key partnerships that will positively impact your communities.

Grant for Cities - May 2021

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 14, 2021
Required Match: TBD
Funding: not specified

The Patrick Leahy 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.
ONE MILLION VESTS: Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $522 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,441,013) as of November 2020.

COPS Hiring Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 22, 2021
Match: 75:25 based on entry-level salary and benefits over a three year period
Funding: Maximum Max per officer is $125,000 over a three year period

The 2021 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Anticipated outcomes of CHP awards include engagement in planned community partnerships, implementation of projects to analyze and assess problems, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agencies to engage in community policing activities.

School Violence Prevention Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 22, 2021
Required Match: 75:25
Funding: Max of $500,000 over a three year period

The 2021 COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is a competitive program that provides funding directly to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs. Up to $53 million is available for this program.

DOJ BJA FY21 Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative
US Department of Justice
Due Date: June 30, 2021
Required Match: none
Funding: Max of $700,000

The Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative, administered by BJA in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is a competitive grant program that provides funding to state, local, and tribal government entities that are experiencing precipitous increases in gun-related violent crime. The purpose of this initiative is to support local and tribal jurisdictions’ capacity to work with their ATF partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify unlawfully used firearms and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.

FY2021 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI)
US Department of Justice
Due Date: SF-4224 and SF-LLL are due June 22,2021 and the application is due July 6, 2021
Required Match: none
Funding: Category 2 up to $800,00 over a period of three years.

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program supports Department priorities to reduce serious and violent crime, including gun violence; dismantle gang activity; and strengthen local capacity to combat drug abuse.
A critical pillar of the BCJI Program is neighborhood empowerment. Community-oriented approaches build trust, facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources, enhance the community’s perception of the fairness and effectiveness of policies and interventions, and increase the willingness of the community and those in the criminal justice system to comply with the social mores in the community. Implementing these approaches without strong community collaboration will likely be unsuccessful and may overlook a community or neighborhood’s unique needs and challenges as well as the ability to develop and implement sustainable change. Community leaders and residents are often in the best position to motivate, implement, and sustain change over time; therefore, applications should be developed in collaboration with community members to build community support for community needs as they evolve over time and indicate how community residents will be involved as full partners throughout the project.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant for Arts Projects 2 FY2022
National Endowment for the Arts
Due Date: July 8, 2021
Required Match: yes
Funding: $10,000 to $150,000

“The Arts . . . belong to all the people of the United States” * The arts are a powerful and important part of what unites us as Americans. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. The Arts Endowment encourages applications from a variety of eligible organizations, e.g., with small, medium, or large budgets, and from rural to urban communities. Similarly, projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

DOJ BJA FY21 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program
US Department of Justice
Due Date: SF-4224 and SF-LLL are due July 12, 2021 and the application is due July 26, 2021 
Required Match: 1:1
Funding: $2,000 per camera; Funding may not exceed $2,000,000

The purpose of the FY 2021 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) is to fund the purchase of body-worn cameras (BWCs) that are implemented as part of comprehensive BWC programs. Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability and transparency, and can assist in deescalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. Funding can be used to support pilot BWC programs, establish new BWC implementation, or expand existing programs.

National Infrastructure Investments-RAISE
US Department of Transportation
Due Date: July 12, 2021 
Required Match: yes
Funding: $25,000,00

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 provided $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds, funds for the FY 2021 RAISE Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 also allows DOT to use a small portion of the $1 billion for oversight and administration of grants. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 states that not more than $30,000,000 will be used for planning, preparation, or design of projects eligible for funding, of which at least $10,000,000 will be awarded to projects located in or directly benefit areas of persistent poverty
Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $8.9 billion for twelve rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

 

 

Grant for Cities - April 2021

Community Technical Planning Assistance (CPTA) Grants
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Due Date: May 18, 2021
Required Match: TBD
Funding: $35,000 to $50,000

The CPTA Grants provide counties, municipalities, and regional planning councils the opportunity to create innovative plans and development strategies to promote a diverse economy, vibrant rural and suburban areas, and meeting statutory requirements for planning while protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Understanding that hurricanes have impacted many Florida communities, CPTA grants may also be used for planning for disaster recovery or resiliency planning and economic development planning.

Transit Funding Programs
US Department of Justice Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Due Date: May 21, 2021
Match: 50:50
Funding: To be determined based on the project

The FDOT is funding three different Transit Programs.

  • Public Transit Service Development Program
    • Application of projects involving the use of new: vehicles, technologies, equipment, services, routes, vehicle frequencies, purchase of Special Transportation Services, or other technologies for increasing service to the riding public.
  • Transit Corridor Program
  • Funds may be used for capital or operations expenses and identified in a Transit Development
    • Plan, Congestion System Plan, or another formal study done by a public agency.
  • Park and Ride Lot Program
    • A project that provides safe parking for vehicles constantly congregating on roadsides and encourages the use of transit, carpools, vanpools, or other high occupancy modes.

Library Construction Grant
Florida Library and Information Services
Due Date: June 7, 2021
Required Match: 1:1
Funding: Max of $500,000 over a three year period Funds available based on Legislative appropriations

Library Construction Grants are awarded to local and county governments for the construction of public libraries. This includes constructing new buildings and the acquisition, expansion, or remodeling of existing buildings to be used for public library service. Eligibility: County governments, incorporated municipalities, special districts, and special tax districts that establish or maintain a public library and provide free public library services may apply for a Public Library Construction grant.

On the horizon…

Community Grants Program
Miami County Cultural Affairs
Due Date: June 24, 2021
Required Match: Not applicable
Funding: $7,500 for a one time event or $10,000 to $15,000 for a recurring event

The Community Grants (CG) Program is responsive quarterly to not-for-profit organizations developing small and 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 that have a strong artistic component.

The CG panel considers projects with 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, culture, and social service organizations and cultural groups developing collaborative intervention projects using the arts. Note, there is a mandatory Workshop attendance on May 26th.

 

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