Florida's Coastal Partnership Initiative

The Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) makes funding available to Florida's coastal counties and municipalities that are required to have a coastal management element in their comprehensive plan.  Public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply for CPI funds if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner. The Initiative is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) using funding from NOAA.

One of the four specific priority areas eligible for CPI funding is the “Resilient Communities” program, which includes actions that help coastal communities prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change, natural hazards and disasters. Project examples include vulnerability analysis and risk assessment, development redevelopment plans and strategies, restoring coastal wetlands, developing energy strategies, and improving resiliency to coastal hazards. 

Funding is ongoing, and is available for FY2013/2014 in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 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.

 

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