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Cost-share funding

Springs Water Conservation Cost-Share Funding

Central Florida Water Initiative and North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership, FY 2016

Public workshops

The district held workshops about this new cost-share program on the following dates.

Jan. 6, 2016 — Maitland Service Center,
Econ and Wekiva Conference Room, 601 South Lake Destiny Road, Suite 200, Maitland, FL 32751

Jan. 7, 2016 — Gateway College Lake City,
Wilson S. Rivers Library and Media Center, Building 200, Room 102 149 S.E. College Place, Lake City, FL

The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) accepted cost-share funding applications from December 15, 2015, to February 17, 2016, for water conservation projects in both the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) region and the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership (NFRWSP) region that will protect and/or enhance spring resources.

Four million dollars is available to help fund water conservation projects to be implemented by public entities. SJRWMD — in partnership with the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) — solicited for water conservation projects from public entities that help create sustainable water resources, enhance conservation efforts and improve efficiency of use.

Although SJRWMD is administering the contractual portion of the program, applicants outside the jurisdiction of SJRWMD will be given equal consideration.

The cost-share program seeks to allocate the $4 million of cost-share funding in fiscal year 2016. Generally, projects are eligible for a maximum cost-share of 50 percent of the implementation costs for selected water conservation projects, or a maximum of $1 million for a single project. Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities can receive 100 percent of funding for a water-conserving project. Projects may span a maximum of two years. Projects that can be completed within the current fiscal year (by September 30, 2016) will receive higher scoring consideration during the review process. The program agencies are particularly interested in supporting water conservation projects that result in measurable water savings affecting priority springs such as those in the Lower Santa Fe, Ichetucknee and Wekiva River systems. Reporting of water use savings will be incorporated into the contract.

In general, a REDI community is economically disadvantaged with an employment base dominated by traditional agriculture or resource-based industries and a population of 25,000 or less. REDI communities may also be unincorporated federal enterprise communities, or an incorporated rural city that is not located in a designated rural county. As of September 1, 2015, the following are REDI-designated communities: counties (and all municipalities within) — Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, and the following community: Hawthorne

Funding Available
  • A total of $4 million in funding for CFWI and NFRWSP as referenced above for fiscal year 2015–2016.
Application Instructions and Guidelines
Procurement Schedule

The following schedule is provided with key dates.




Dec. 15, 2015


Advertise on website

Jan. 6, 2016

10 a.m.

Workshop — Maitland Service Center

Jan. 7, 2016

10 a.m.

Workshop — Florida Gateway College

Feb. 17, 2016

5 p.m.

Applications due

February 2016


Review and ranking of applications

Spring 2016


Awards announced

Applicants were encouraged to arrange time with appropriate district staff to discuss and review potential projects before Feb. 17, 2016.

Application Deadline
  • Complete applications were due between December 15, 2015, and 5 p.m. on February 17, 2016.
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.
    Deirdre Irwin
    Phone: 386-329-4341
    Jessica Bell
    Phone: 386-362-1001
    Robert Wanvestraut
    Phone: 561-682-2054
    Josh Madden
    Phone: 352-796-7211 ext. 4197
  • The program will select projects that it determines provide the most beneficial water resource results.


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