Protect Florida Springs Grants
Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Protect Florida Springs Plate

Deadline for Submittals: 4:00 pm on September 30, 2017


The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. (Foundation) is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Florida’s world-renowned freshwater springs. Each year, the Foundation requests proposals for funding via the proceeds of sales of the “Protect Florida Springs” specialty license plate. The Florida Legislature established the Protect Florida Springs affinity tag in 2007.

Eligible Applicants and Projects:

Eligible applicants include federal, state or local government agencies, public and private colleges and universities; and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, including all-volunteer organizations (e.g., “Friends of…” groups). The Foundation may also, at its sole discretion, consider proposals from private, for-profit organizations.

The Foundation is seeking springs-focused projects in two areas:

  1. Research projects that lead to better understanding of or directly address one or more principal threats facing Florida’s springs. This can be site-specific research or research that has the potential to positively impact multiple springs.
    (Examples: projects that identify the sources of stress for a particular spring; an innovative method of reducing nutrient pollution or controlling invasive species in one or more springs; research to ensure the continued survival of imperiled or declining spring species.)
  2. Community education and other outreach activities that foster adoption of best practices in the restoration, management and conservation of freshwater springs or alter public attitudes and practices detrimental to spring conservation.
    (Examples: community education projects that encourage landowners to reduce non-point nutrient flow into springs via vegetative buffers, improved septic systems or sewage treatment; fostering and organizing community or interest-group (e.g., divers) springs clean ups, bank stabilization, exotic species removal and similar on-the-ground stewardship work.)

The actual or potential conservation impact of each proposal will have strong bearing on the possibility of being funded.

Grant Size:

Grant requests up to $50,000 will be considered. The applicant’s ability to procure matching funds from other sources may have bearing on the possibility of being funded, but is not a prerequisite. The project period will be from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (18 months).


Mrs. Erin Smart,

Apply Online:

If you are new to the Protect Florida Springs grant application process, when you click the link below, you will need to Signup to create a user account by entering a unique e-mail address and a password. You will then be taken to the application form.

When you create your user account, please use the following as your e-mail address: the # symbols with a 6 digit number of your choice)

The pfs-###### prefix will then be assigned as your Proposal ID # on your application. If the system says that e-mail address already exists in the system, then choose a different six digit number. Note that you will be asked to supply your personal e-mail address elsewhere within the application, so do not use your personal e-mail address as this user account. Make sure you save the e-mail address and password you create so you will have it for future reference.

If you wish to submit multiple grant applications, please repeat this process by setting up a unique new user account using the above e-mail address format for each application.

Please disregard the instructions on the login/signup page the link below will take you to that says to use your e-mail address.

Important Dates:

September 30, 2017 – Deadline for proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

December 11, 2017 – The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. Board of Directors determines grant awards.

December 18, 2017 – All applicants notified of the Board’s decision. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.

January 1, 2018 – Projects commence.