Award Announcement: Competitive Florida Partnership Grants, Fiscal Year 2018-2019, September 6, 2018

Competitive Florida Partnership grants have been awarded to 11 communities statewide. The grant program provides technical assistance, additional resources and staff support to help identify local assets and create asset-based economic development strategies for communities. The grants are for one year and are available to municipalities and counties across the state.

Competitive Florida Partnership Grants
State Fiscal Year 2018-19





Cross City


Crystal River




Highlands County






Lake Butler


Polk City






Funding Announcement: Competitive Florida Partnership Grants, Fiscal Year 2018-2019, April 5, 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. For more information on this model visit the Florida Competitive Partnership page. The Department is soliciting partnership grant requests for state fiscal year (FY) 2018-2019.

Grant Request Submission Timeframe

DEO asks that requests for grant funding be received by DEO on or before May 7, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. 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.


Competitive Florida Partnership grants are available to counties and municipalities with an emphasis on rural and small communities. Rural areas may include a rural municipality in an urban county.

Grant Period

July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. DEO cannot accept requests for multi-year projects.

Project Completion

All work should be completed by May 31, 2019.

Grant Type: Cost Reimbursement

The grant 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.

Typical Award Range

Grant awards typically range from $25,000 to $40,000, but award amounts may vary.

Project Types

Partnered with Competitive Florida staff, 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.

Contents of a Request for Funding

The funding request should include the following items:

  1. Letter Request
    • 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?
    • NOTE: DEO asks that the letter request be signed by the chief elected official or the county or city manager.
  2. Description of Existing Economic and Community Development Activities. Applicants are asked to submit a description of the current plans and strategies (e.g., vision plan, economic development strategies, etc.) that influence economic and community development activities undertaken by the local government. Descriptions of other activities related to 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 it needs to move forward with a comprehensive economic development effort.
    • 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 the partnership is proposed countywide, all local governments included in the effort should submit a letter of support.
    • Community Action Agency.
    • Regional CareerSource Network Board.
    • 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.
    • Additional organizations or entities deemed appropriate by the applicant.

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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