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Availability of Springs Restoration Funding

December 8, 2020 . 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, funding awarded to the District has averaged $10.2 million annually since 2013. Projects recommended for award will be subject to approval of the state FY 2021-2022 budget, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of projects, and the District’s Governing Board approval of projects in April 2021 and the FY 2021-2022 budget in September 2021.

Agricultural producers are eligible for springs restoration funding through the District’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) program. For more information, see the District’s Agriculture page and Jackson Blue Spring Grant Funding Programs.

How to Apply for FY 2021-2022 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 Thursday, February 23, 2021.

Questions and Contact Information 

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.

Quick reference guides:

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

Additional information may also be found at: DEP Springs Funding Guidance.

All applications for funding should be submitted via email to grants@nwfwater.com

To discuss your projects or for more information regarding the AWS Funding Program, contact Jerrick Saquibal at (850) 539-5999 or Jerrick.Saquibal@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 commitment to springs restoration and protection, the District, local governments, and partners in northwest Florida have committed more than $114 million to springs projects since 2013, including more than $81 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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