Coastal Partnership Initiative Grant Program

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Florida

Location of residency: Florida

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The Coastal Partnership Initiative was developed to promote the protection and effective management of Florida’s coastal resources in four specific priority areas: 

Resilient Communities

The goal of this priority area is to help coastal communities prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change, natural hazards and disasters.

Project examples include:

  • conducting vulnerability analyses and risk assessments
  • developing post-disaster redevelopment plans and strategies
  • restoring coastal wetlands
  • developing energy strategies
  • and improving communities' resiliency to coastal hazards

Coastal Resource Stewardship

To promote stewardship and appreciation of fragile coastal resources, applicants may request funds for community-based projects that involve citizens, volunteers and the local government.

Project examples include:

  • dune and wetland restoration
  • exotic plant control
  • coastal clean-ups
  • and environmental awareness initiatives, events and field trips.

Access to Coastal Resources

Communities are encouraged to accommodate public access to coastal and marine resources while protecting fragile and overused environments.

Access projects could include:

  • developing plans for land acquisition and management
  • developing site plans for nature trails
  • developing recreational surface water use policies
  • exotic species removal and restoration of native species
  • and small-scale capital improvements such as dune walkovers, boardwalks, and canoe/kayak launches.

Working Waterfronts

Waterfront communities may wish to revitalize, renew and promote interest in their waterfront districts.

Some examples of projects include:

  • developing and implementing a vision plan for a waterfront district
  • developing architectural standards for waterfront areas
  • small construction projects such as a boardwalk, observation platform, welcome center or information kiosk
  • restoring shorelines and wetlands or,
  • implementing other measures that mitigate the effects of natural hazards.

Award Amounts

For FY 2017/2018, financial awards are limited to:

  • no more than $30,000 and no less than $10,000 for construction projects, habitat restoration, invasive exotic plant removal or land acquisition
  • and no more than $15,000 and no less than $10,000 for planning, design and coordination activities

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants for the Coastal Partnership Initiative are local governments of the 35 coastal counties and all municipalities within their boundaries required to include a coastal element in the local comprehensive plan.
    • Florida colleges, community colleges, state universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply, as long as an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner.
  • Grant recipients are required to provide 100% (1 to 1) matching funds, which may be cash or in-kind.


  • Non-profit groups are not eligible to receive funds for construction projects, invasive exotic plant removal, habitat restoration, or land acquisition.