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Availability of Springs Restoration Funding

The Northwest Florida Water Management District announces the anticipated availability of funding to help communities across northwest Florida protect and restore the water quality and water quantity of freshwater springs. The amount of funding available is yet to be determined; however, the average funding awarded to the District over the last three years has been $10.3 million annually for springs projects. Any projects awarded will be subject to approval of the state FY 2020-2021 budget, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of projects, and the District’s Governing Board approval of projects in April 2020 and the FY 2020-2021 budget in September 2020.

How to Apply for FY 2020-2021 Springs Funding

Applicants may submit an eligible project by downloading the Application Form. Please review the Funding Guidelines for more information.

All project proposals are due no later than Friday, March 13, 2020.

Questions and Contact Information

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click here.

For a list of general grant funding conditions, click here.

All applications for funding should be submitted via email to: grants@nwfwater.com or via hard copy to the address listed in the Funding Guidelines.

Additional information may also be found in DEP’s Springs Funding Guidelines, available at: https://floridadep.gov/wra/wra/documents/guidance-springs-funding.

To discuss your projects or for more information regarding the Springs Funding Program, contact Christina Coger at (850) 539-5999 or Christina.Coger@nwfwater.com

Current Springs Restoration Funding

The District is committed to protecting and restoring springs in northwest Florida. Projects have been developed to restore and protect spring habitats; to enhance compatible public access; and to assess, protect, and improve water quality within the groundwater contribution areas of major spring systems. Demonstrating a continued continued commitment to springs restoration and protection, the District, local governments, and partners in northwest Florida have committed more than $105 million to springs projects since 2013, including more than $72 million in state funding.

For a list of all previously awarded Springs Restoration projects, click here.

Visit the DEP's springs website for additional information on projects: https://floridadep.gov/springs/restoration-funding.

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