The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc.
Protect Florida Springs Tag
DEADLINE: 4:00 PM on January 11, 2016 for all submittals
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. (Foundation) will accept proposals for funding under the Protect Florida Springs Tag (PFS) grants program. Grants under this program are funded through proceeds from sales of the Protect Florida Springs affinity license tag.
The Florida Legislature established the Protect Florida Springs affinity tag in 2007. The legislation creating the tag designated the Foundation to receive and administer these funds. The Foundation distributes proceeds from sales of the tag as grants for community-based springs research and/or outreach efforts.
The PFS grant process is driven by a representative grants committee. This committee sets priorities for grants; receives and evaluates all grant proposals.
The members of the PFS Grants Committee are:
- Buddy Powell, Sea to Shore Alliance
- Rick Hicks, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Annette Long, private citizen
- Dan Pennington, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
- Kent Smith, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Jim Stevenson,, private citizen
- Elke Ursin, Florida Department of Health
Applicants must submit proposals for PFS grant support to the Grants Committee for consideration. The Grants Committee makes funding recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. Only the Board has authority to make grant awards. The Grant Committee will submit a prioritized list of proposals to the Board of Directors for final approval in the spring of 2016.
Please note — The project period will be from July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017 (18-months).
Eligible applicants include units of federal, state or local government, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, volunteer organizations (i.e., “friends” groups). The Grant Committee may, at its sole discretion, consider proposals from private for-profit applicants as well.
The PFS Grants Committee has determined that two types of projects will be funded during the 2016-17 grant cycle:
- Community-based Florida springs and/or springs system research projects; or
- Community outreach activities aimed at implementing such research findings.
The following schedule outlines the dates for appropriate action for FY 2016-17 PFS grant proposals.
|January 11, 2016
||Deadline for all proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
|TBD January-February 2016
||Proposals sent to the PFS Grants Committee for initial review.
||PFS Grants Committee meets to determine final funding priority list. The committee will forward this list to the Board of Directors of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. for final action.
|TBA March – April, 2016
||The Board of Directors annual Grants Meeting to consider projects and make final grant awards.
|April – May, 2016
||All applicants notified of the Board’s decision. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.
|July 1, 2016
Chapter 320.08056, F.S. Specialty License Plates
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