Anticipated Funding Announcement for Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has been allocated funding to assist local governments pursuing asset-based economic development through innovative planning and development strategies. DEO is offering grant funding and technical assistance to help communities plan for and implement an economic development strategy using the Competitive Florida Partnership model, beginning on July 1, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2018. Alternatively, communities interested in a broader planning project might consider Community Planning Technical Assistance grants.

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, with an emphasis on rural and small communities, are eligible. Rural areas may include rural municipalities in an urban county.

Grant Period

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. This will be an annual funding cycle; all work must be completed by June 30, 2018. DEO cannot accept requests for multi-year projects.

Grant Type

Cost Reimbursement. The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Scope of Work is written by DEO and facilitates a community-driven process to create an economic development strategy that builds on local strengths and assets.

Project Type

Through a seven-deliverable contract, the community will undertake an asset-based, community-driven approach to writing an economic development strategy. Extensive planning and economic development assistance is provided by DEO throughout the year. Communities interested in pursuing a different type of economic development project are encouraged to visit the Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grants to determine whether that funding source can apply.

Local Government Partnership Grant Proposal

Communities interested in participating in the Competitive Florida Partnership should prepare a proposal that includes the following components:

  1. Proposal letter - Applicants are asked to include elements set forth in the following Grant Proposal Letter Guidelines:
    • What, specifically, is the community seeking to accomplish by creating an Economic Development Strategy?
    • Has the community taken on a grant-funded project in the past? What did it accomplish? What were the challenges?
    • 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?
    • How does the community plan to engage local stakeholders?
  2. Description of existing economic and community development activities - Applicants are asked to submit a description of the current plans and strategies (e.g., Comprehensive Plan Economic Element, Vision Plan, Economic Development Strategies, etc.) that influence economic and community development activities undertaken by the local government. Descriptions of other activities considered economic and community development undertaken by the local government that lack a guiding strategy are also welcome.
  3. Letters of Support to Demonstrate Partnerships - Building and creating partnerships in a community to guide and implement economic development efforts requires input from many different organizations. Letters of support from as many of the following organizations as possible will help demonstrate that your community has the partners needed to move forward with a comprehensive economic development effort.
    1. Support from the following agencies is required:
      • Local governments: If the partnership is proposed at the municipal level, a letter from the chief elected official or city manager is required. A letter of support from the county is encouraged but not required. If proposed countywide, all local governments that will be included in the effort should submit a letter of support.
    2. Support from the following agencies is strongly encouraged and will greatly enhance the proposal:
      • Community Action Agency: For information on which Community Action Agency is responsible for your community, visit the Florida Association for Community Action website.
      • Regional CareerSource network board: For information on the CareerSource Board responsible for your community, visit the CareerSource Florida - Your Local Team website.
      • Local economic development organizations: This may include, but is not limited to: county/city economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and other government and non-government entities.
      • County school board: This is encouraged for both countywide and municipal level proposals.
      • Regional Planning and Economic Development Organizations: This may include, but is not limited to, Regional Planning Councils, regional development organizations and others as appropriate.
      • Any other organizations or entities deemed appropriate by the community.

How to Submit a Proposal to DEO:

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

Submit requests electronically to

Submit requests by mail to:

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

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