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Coastal Partnership Initiative grant program accepting applications

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Management Program is now accepting applications for its Coastal Partnership Initiative grant program. DEP administers the program that provides funding from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to eligible local governments.

The CPI grant program promotes the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources at the local level. CPI grants provide support for innovative local coastal management projects in four program areas: Resilient Communities, Public Access, Working Waterfronts and Coastal Stewardship.

Florida's public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply for a CPI grant if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner. Eligible local governments are defined as Florida's 35 coastal counties and all municipalities within their boundaries.

Eligible entities may apply for grants for community projects designed to improve resiliency to coastal hazards, restore habitat, revitalize waterfronts and for park planning and improvements.

CPI grant financial awards range from $10,000 to $30,000 for construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive, exotic plant removal or land acquisition, and $10,000 to $15,000 for planning, design and coordination activities. Grant recipients are required to provide one-to-one matching funds, which may be cash or in-kind.

CPI grant applications are accepted in hard-copy format only and must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2017. Contact DEP staff in the FCMP Grants Section at (850) 245-2094 with questions on submitting a CPI grant application.

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