Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants

The Department's Bureau of Community Planning application process is currently open through June 6, 2014.

Purpose

Funding was requested to assist counties and municipalities in meeting the requirements of the Comprehensive Planning Act, addressing critical local planning issues, and promoting innovative planning solutions.

This will be an annual funding cycle. The grants will be awarded on a fixed rate price (deliverables will be approved before money is drawn). Typical awards will be $25,000 or less, however, grants of greater value may be awarded for special projects of merit. At this time, we are not able to accept requests for multi-year projects. Projects will need to be completed by May 31, 2015 for this funding cycle.

NOTE: This funding is contingent upon legislative approval.

Requesting Funding and Eligibility

Community Planning Technical Assistance grants are available to counties and municipalities.

Local governments (counties and municipalities) are to submit a letter of request and scope of work to the Department. The request should:

  • Identify the project and its importance to the community;
  • The product that would be rendered as a result of receiving the funding;
  • The length of time the project is expected to take; and
  • How much funding is needed

During the review of the request, the Department will give special consideration to:

  • Rural local governments, including rural local governments in an urban county;
  • Proposals which promote economic development; and
  • Innovative planning proposals which have applicability to other local governments in the state.

When sending requests electronically, send via email to: nia.clark@deo.myflorida.com.

When sending requests by mail send to:

  • Mr. William B. Killingsworth
  • Director, Division of Community Development
  • Division of Community Development / Community Planning
  • 107 East Madison Street
  • Caldwell Building, MSC 160
  • Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Typical projects in the past have included the following:

  • Comprehensive Plan Economic Development Element
  • Comprehensive Plan Updates Based on Changes in Growth Management Laws
  • Comprehensive Plan Updates Based on Outstanding Evaluation and Appraisal Report/Evaluation and Appraisal Review
  • Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Plan and Finding of Necessity Reports
  • Economic Diversification Strategies
  • Establishing a “Mainstreet” Program
  • Neighborhood Plans
  • Recreation Master Plan
  • Urban Design Master Plan

Below are sample scopes of work:

For further information, please contact:

  • Nia Clark
  • Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Division of Community Development
  • 107 East Madison Street; MSC 160
  • Tallahassee, Florida 32399
  • Phone: 850-717-8492
  • Fax: 850-717-8522
  • E-mail: nia.clark@deo.myflorida.com

Contacts

  • Nia Clark

    Planning Analyst
    (850) 717-8492
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