DEP Solicits Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant Applications

July 24, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Beginning Aug. 3, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will accept fiscal year 2016-17 applications for the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FDRAP). FRDAP is a state-competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to local governmental entities for the development or acquisition of land for public outdoor recreation. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Aug. 14, 2015, and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

All county governments and incorporated municipalities in Florida are eligible to apply, as is any legally constituted local governmental entity with the responsibility to provide outdoor recreational sites and facilities for public use. The maximum allowable grant request is $200,000. The department may revise an applicant’s request based on the availability of program funds. Grant awards are contingent upon appropriation by the Florida Legislature.

“FRDAP grants provide opportunities to expand and improve local parks in communities around the state,” said Bryan Bradner, director of DEP’s Office of Operations. “We encourage governmental entities to enhance their public outdoor recreation by applying for these grants.”

At the close of the submission cycle, eligible applications are evaluated by the department and assigned a final score. Based on the scores, the department submits a recommended priority list to the Florida Legislature for funding consideration. Additional information, including the 2016-17 FRDAP application, can be found here

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