Anticipated Funding Announcement for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has been allocated funding to assist local governments pursuing economic development through innovative planning and development strategies. The Competitive Florida Partnership will offer project grants for communities that are interested in pursuing specific economic development activities consistent with the Competitive Florida Partnership model, beginning on July 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2018. This funding recognizes that some communities may already be undertaking economic development efforts and allows local governments to pursue a particular facet of the Competitive Florida model without obligating to the Competitive Florida Partnership. Alternatively, communities may read more about the Community Planning Technical Assistance grants opportunity.

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.**


Municipal and county local governments are eligible.

Grant Period

July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. This will be an annual funding cycle; all work must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Grant Type

Cost Reimbursement. Execution of a grant agreement is required. Historically, grants have been awarded between $5,000 and $15,000.

Project Type

  • Activity - An activity to implement the community’s economic development strategy. This project type does not include bricks and mortar or construction activities.
  • Learning - Learning includes attending economic and community development trainings to enrich staff capacity.
  • Research - Research includes conducting surveys or data analysis to support local economic development efforts.
  • Asset Mapping - This exercise inventories unique features of the local community and envisions new ways to engage these assets. Read asset mapping reports from designee communities on our Competitive Florida Communities page.

Communities interested in crafting an economic development strategy through stakeholder engagement are encouraged to explore the Competitive Florida Partnership Grant webpage to learn more.

Local Government Project Grant Proposal

Communities interested in applying for a project grant should complete and submit the following:

  1. Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grant Proposal Letter – Please include elements set forth in the the following Grant Proposal Letter Guidelines:
  1. Please address how, specifically, the project grant will advance economic development objectives in the community. Who will the project impact?
  2. Has the community taken on a grant-funded project in the past? What did it accomplish? What were the challenges?
  3. Project manager(s): Who is dedicated to manage and lead this project from start to finish? How much time will they commit to the grant process on a weekly basis?
  4. The project budget and intended allocation of funds.

Competitive Florida staff will contact the local government after reviewing the submission.

Communities are encouraged to contact Competitive Florida staff to discuss ideas.

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