On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that $85 million is available to local governments in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program. Hurricane Irma hit the Sunshine State back in September 2017.
Local governments will be able to use the funds to restore and improve infrastructure in areas damaged by the hurricane or as match funding for other federal programs to carry out eligible, federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) infrastructure activity.
Ken Lawson, the executive director of DEO, weighed in on the grants on Tuesday.
“Governor Ron DeSantis is committed to the full recovery of Florida communities impacted by devastating storms,” said Lawson. “By providing these funds for local governments impacted by Hurricane Irma, we will ensure the continued growth and security of Florida communities.”
Local governments can 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. Applications must be turned in by August 30.
Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was launched in September 2018 to use federal funding for Florida’s long-term disaster recovery efforts.