$25 million in cost-share funding available

Informational workshop is March 16

PALATKA, Fla., March 14, 2017 ― The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications March 15–April 13 to share in $25 million in cost-share funding for water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection construction projects. An informational workshop will be held March 16 at 2 p.m. at district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.

“The district is excited to continue its cost-share funding partnerships that help local communities stretch their environmental protection dollars further,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Cost-share programs are a great way to ensure taxpayers are getting the best return on their tax dollars for water resource protection.”

Projects will focus on benefits to one or more of the district’s four core missions:

  • Water supply (including alternative supplies and conservation
  • Water quality
  • Enhancing natural systems
  • Providing flood protection

Projects may include, but are not limited to, alternative water supply development, stormwater or surface water treatment, and enhancement projects, springs protection and restoration, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, and water conservation enhancements. Other eligible projects may improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, restore or enhance natural systems, or protect against flooding.

Projects are eligible for a maximum district cost-share of 10 percent of the total available funds, or a maximum of $2.5 million per project and per applicant. Projects may span a maximum of two years and must start by June 30, 2018. Those that are permitted and ready to begin construction will receive a higher score during the review process.

The district will fund up to 33 percent of the construction costs for projects and up to 50 percent for water conservation projects. Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities may submit a waiver of matching funds letter.

Complete applications should be emailed to funding@sjrwmd.com by 5 p.m. April 13.  Visit the district’s cost-share funding program webpage at www.sjrwmd.com/funding/FY2017-2018/ for more information.