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Application cycle set to open for Florida Forever grant program

By Staff | Jul 31, 2019

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands is accepting applications for the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program.

Created by the 2008 state Legislature, the program acknowledges the importance of the traditional seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. Administered by the Florida Communities Trust, it provides grants to local governments and non-profit working waterfronts organizations for the acquisition of interests in land for the restoration and preservation of working waterfronts.

The SMWW program provides grant funds to project applicants to acquire land directly used in support of commercial marine fishing and/or the harvest of saltwater products by state-licensed commercial fishermen, aquaculturists or business entities. Grant funds may also be used to acquire lands to promote and educate the public about the historic heritage of Florida’s traditional working waterfronts.

The grant application cycle will open on Aug. 5; the deadline for applications is Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.

Approximately $2.77 million is available for SMWW grants in this application cycle.

In conjunction with the opening of the 2019-2020 application cycle, Florida Communities Trust will hold an application workshop on Aug. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. at the DEP Southwest District Office in Temple Terrace. The purpose is to help potential applicants navigate the application process. The workshop is free and will be available via Skype for those who are unable to attend in person.

For more information, visit floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/fct-florida-communities-trust-home.