Anticipated Funding Announcement for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Purpose

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has been allocated funding for Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants to assist local governments in meeting the requirements of the Community Planning Act, addressing critical local planning issues and promoting innovative planning solutions pursuant to section 163.3168, Florida Statutes. DEO's Bureau of Community Planning and Growth is soliciting grant requests for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

Grant Request Submission Timeframe

DEO asks that requests for grant funding be received by DEO on or before Friday, June 23, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., in order to ensure sufficient funding and timing for completion of the proposed planning project within the grant period. Submission of a request for funding does not guarantee that funding will be provided. DEO will consider grant requests received within the above timeframe before considering grant requests received after the above timeframe.

**Funding is contingent upon final budget approval.**

Eligibility

Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants are available to local governments and regional planning councils that propose projects on behalf of or for the benefit of local governments.

Grant Period

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. The Legislature typically allocates funding for an annual funding cycle. DEO cannot accept requests for multi-year projects. All work should be completed by Friday, June 1, 2018.

Grant Type - Cost Reimbursement

Fixed price grant agreements may be considered on a case by case basis upon the full discretion of DEO. 

Typical Award Range

Historically, grant awards range from $25,000 to $40,000, but award amounts may vary.

Project Types

The specific projects are to be determined by the local government or regional planning council. The only requirement is that they relate to implementation of the Community Planning Act.

Contents of a Request for Funding

The funding request should include the following items:

  1. Letter Request. The local government or regional planning council should submit a letter request to DEO that identifies the following. For a local government, DEO requests that the letter be signed by the chief elected official or the county or city manager.
    • The specific project and its importance to the community,
    • The product that would be produced as a result of receiving the funding,
    • The total amount of funding requested, and
    • Any additional information about the proposed project the local government or regional planning council chooses to include for DEO's consideration.
  2. Scope of Work. The letter should be accompanied by a proposed scope of work that describes:
    • The deliverables (the specific work to be done, for example, "prepare proposed plan amendments.")
    • The deliverable due date (the date the deliverable will be received by DEO).
    • Minimum level of service for each deliverable (the documentation that will be provided to DEO to demonstrate that the work described in the deliverable has been completed. For the deliverable example provided above, the minimum level of service would be, "a copy of the proposed plan amendments in strike through and underline format.")
    • The anticipated cost or payment amount for each deliverable.
  3. Budget. Include a proposed budget outlining anticipated expenditures by expenditure category (e.g., contracted services, salaries and fringe benefits for work performed in-house, administrative expenses, etc.). The budget should indicate whether reimbursement for indirect costs is sought, and if so, how the indirect costs are calculated.

Consideration of Grant Requests

DEO will give strong consideration to projects that are innovative, or produce a product that can be used by other local governments in Florida. Rural local governments are encouraged to apply, especially where assistance is needed with implementing requirements of the Community Planning Act. Regional projects with support, in writing, from affected local governments will also be given consideration. A clear, meaningful and feasible implementation component will also be valued when reviewing proposed grant requests.

How to Submit the Grant Request to DEO.

DEO prefers electronic submissions, but mailed requests for funding are also acceptable.

Submit requests electronically to CPTAgrants@deo.myflorida.com.

Submit requests by U. S. Mail to:

  • Julie A. Dennis, Director
  • Division of Community Development
  • 107 East Madison Street
  • Caldwell Bldg., MSC 160
  • Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4120

Examples of Scopes of Work

The following are links to scopes of work in FY 2016-2017 technical assistance grant agreements that may be helpful in preparing a scope of work for this grant cycle (particularly paragraphs 2, 3 and 5):

Past Grant Projects

Examples of projects funded in the past include the following:

  • Comprehensive plan updates
  • Land development regulation updates
  • Community Redevelopment Area Plan and Finding of Necessity Reports
  • Transportation corridor plans
  • Economic diversification strategies
  • Digitization of maps to provide public internet access
  • Recreation plans, neighborhood plans and urban design master plans

Additional Information

**Funding is contingent upon final budget approval.**

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