Anticipated Funding Announcement: Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants, State Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Purpose

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) anticipates that the Florida Legislature will appropriate funding for the Community Planning Technical Assistance (CPTA) Grant Program for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2022-2023. CPTA grants provide counties, municipalities, and regional planning councils the opportunity to create innovative plans and development strategies to promote a diverse economy, vibrant rural and suburban areas, and meet statutory requirements for planning, while also protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Understanding that many Florida communities have been impacted by hurricanes, CPTA grants may also be used to assist with disaster recovery, resiliency, and economic development planning.

Grant Request Submission Timeframe

Please submit a grant request for funding to DEO on or before Monday, April 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Submission of a request for funding does not guarantee that funding will be provided. DEO will consider grant requests received by the above deadline before grant requests received after the deadline has passed.

Eligibility

Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants may be available to:

  • Counties and municipalities; and
  • Regional planning councils that propose projects on behalf of or for the benefit of counties, municipalities or the region and that have support, in writing, from the counties or municipalities affected by the proposed grant project.

Grant Period

The CPTA Grant Program coincides with SFY 2022-2023; therefore, the grant period is July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 and DEO cannot accept requests for multi-year projects.

Project Completion

CPTA grantees are expected to complete their project by May 31, 2023.

Grant Type: Cost Reimbursement

CPTA grants will likely be reimbursement grants. However, at DEO's discretion, fixed price grant agreements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Typical Award Range

CPTA grant awards may be up to $75,000, but award amounts may vary.

Project Types

Projects should relate to community planning and economic development strategies that implement the requirements in the Community Planning Act (see section 163.3168, Florida Statutes). DEO encourages communities to apply for projects related to planning for disaster recovery and community resiliency, especially related to flooding and the effects of sea level rise and meeting the requirements in section 163.3178(2)(f), Florida Statutes. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for innovative, creative, or unique approaches to planning, development, and infrastructure in their community.

Request for Funding

Funding requests should include the following:

  1. Funding Request
    • A funding request letter to DEO that identifies:
      • The contact person with their title, phone number, and address;
      • The specific grant project and its significance to the community or region;
      • The product that will be produced under the grant;
      • The total amount of funding requested; and
      • Any additional information about the proposed project that the county, municipality or regional planning council chooses to include for DEO's consideration.
  2. Scope of Work
    • A proposed scope of work that describes:
      • The deliverables, which are descriptions of the tasks to be performed under the deliverable, including a clear, meaningful, and feasible implementation component;
      • The deliverable due dates (the dates the deliverables will be received by DEO);
      • The project documentation that will be produced and provided to DEO to demonstrate that the work described in the deliverable has been completed; and
      • The cost or payment amount for each deliverable.
    • Scope of Work Examples
      • The following links are to FY 2021-2022 Community Planning Technical Assistance grant agreements using the Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System. Executed agreements can be viewed under the Documents tab. The scopes of work in these grant agreements may be helpful in preparing a scope of work for this grant cycle (in particular, see scope of work paragraphs 2, 3, and 5 in each agreement):
        • City of Pompano Beach – To develop a Sustainability Project Portfolio and Implementation Plan to establish a comprehensive portfolio of projects intended to meet the goals identified in the City of Pompano Beach's earlier sustainability planning efforts.
        • City of Winter Haven – To complete a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Existing Conditions Inventory Report and Economic Analysis, CRA Plan Maps, and a CRA Plan Update Survey to update the 2000 CRA Plan for the Downtown CRA.
        • Village of Indiantown – To develop the Indiantown Combined Mobility Plan and Mobility Fee Project to effectively move people and provide mobility choices that require a mobility plan that looks beyond just new and wider roads.
        • City of Florida City – To prepare updates to the city's 2008 zoning map and 2007 Future Land Use Map. Revisions are being pursued to ensure the aforementioned Maps reflect all zoning and future land use data to include newly annexed properties within the City's boundaries.
        • City of Treasure Island – To develop Phase I of the Treasure Island Resiliency Measures Implementation Manual. The manual will guide infrastructure and development projects that result in terrain modification throughout the City.
        • Others are available upon request.
  3. Budget
    • A budget that outlines anticipated expenditures by category.
    • Examples include:
      • Contracted services for consultants or subcontractors;
      • Salaries and fringe benefits for work performed in-house; and
      • Equipment needed directly for the requested project.
    • If indirect costs are sought, they should be identified along with a formula for calculating indirect costs. A federally-approved indirect cost rate, in effect at the time the request is submitted, may be included in the request for DEO's consideration.

How to Submit the Grant Request Electronically to DEO

  • Requests may be submitted electronically through email to CPTAgrants@DEO.MyFlorida.com.  
  • DEO prefers electronic submissions; however, mailed requests for funding are accepted and can be sent through U.S. Mail to:
    • Benjamin M. Melnick, Deputy Secretary
      Division of Community Development
      Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
      107 East Madison Street, MSC 160
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-4120
  • Note: For a county or municipality, DEO asks that the funding request letter, whether submitted by U.S. Mail or electronically, be signed by the chief elected official, the county manager, or city manager.

Additional Information

  • Barbara Powell, Regional Planning Administrator
  • Bureau of Community Planning and Growth
    Division of Community Development
    Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    107 East Madison Street, MSC 160
    Phone: (850) 717-8504
    Email: Barbara.Powell@DEO.MyFlorida.com 

The availability of CPTA Grant funding is contingent upon approved appropriations for SFY 2022-23.

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