The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today announced $85 million is now available to local governments in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program. Grant funding can be used by local governments to restore and improve infrastructure in areas damaged by Hurricane Irma or as match funding for other federal programs to carry out eligible, federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) infrastructure activity.
“Governor Ron DeSantis is committed to the full recovery of Florida communities impacted by devastating storms,” said Ken Lawson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “By providing these funds for local governments impacted by Hurricane Irma, we will ensure the continued growth and security of Florida communities.”
Local governments may apply individually or as a regional group for funding to propose projects that meet program requirements, including demonstrating Hurricane Irma impact and primarily benefiting low- to moderate- income populations. Funding can also be used as leverage to match funding for other federal programs to carry out eligible, federal CDBG-DR infrastructure activity.
To complete an application by the August 30 deadline, or for more information about the program, visit the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program’s webpage. Rebuild Florida, a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, launched in September 2018 to use federal funding for Florida’s long-term disaster recovery efforts. For more information, visit RebuildFlorida.gov.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.