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Cost-share funding

Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) / Innovative Projects Cost-Share Funding, FY 2016

The St. Johns River Water Management District accepted applications from November 3 to December 17, 2015, for cost-share funding for designated Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities projects or innovative projects.

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. Projects considered for funding shall benefit one or more of the four district core mission areas. As of September 1, 2015, the following are REDI-designated communities: the following counties (and all municipalities within) — Baker, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and Okeechobee, and the following communities: Bunnell, Callahan, Crescent City, Fellsmere, Fernandina Beach, Flagler Beach, Glen St. Mary, Hawthorne, Hilliard, Macclenny, Palatka, Interlachen, Palm Coast, Pomona Park, and Welaka.

An innovative project in Florida that will be considered for this funding opportunity is one that uses emerging or proven technology in a unique way to provide alternative water supply quantities or to expand available quantities to offset groundwater withdrawal, or to otherwise improve the water resources of the district in support of the core missions. Examples of innovative technologies include, but are not limited to: indirect or direct potable reuse, rainwater harvesting for residential or commercial uses, and stormwater harvesting for aquifer recharge benefits.

District Core Mission Areas
  • Water Supply:
    • Water conservation that prevents and reduces wasteful or unreasonable uses of water to improve efficiency of use and to avoid using water for either unnecessary purposes or purposes that can be achieved reasonably without the use of water.
    • Alternative water supply development that replaces existing or planned groundwater use with other sources such as reclaimed water, surface water and seawater.
    • Maintaining and enhancing existing water supply distribution systems (REDI communities exclusively)
    • Water resource development that increases the source of water available, such as providing storage of wet weather flows for potential use during dry periods.
  • Water Quality:
    • Water quality/nutrient-loading reduction: Nutrient reduction projects can include reduction or elimination of domestic wastewater discharges, removal of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems and connection to central sewer, stormwater storage and infrastructure modification, sediment reduction facilities and retrofits.
  • Natural Systems Restoration:
    • Measurable resource benefits to streams, lakes, wetlands, springs and aquifers.
  • Flood Protection:
    • Address flood protection issues on a local (REDI communities exclusively), intermediate or regional scale.
Funding Available
  • The district is providing $5 million in funding for fiscal year 2015–2016.
Application Instructions and Guidelines
Procurement Schedule

The following schedule is provided with key dates.

Action Date



Oct. 23, 2015

Advertise on website


Nov. 3, 2015

Workshop — Palatka (District Headquarters)


Nov. 4, 2015

Workshop — Maitland Service Center


Nov. 3–Dec. 17, 2015

Application preparation and applicant meetings with Bureau staff


Dec. 18, 2015–Jan. 29, 2016

Staff evaluation and ranking of applications


Feb. 9, 2016

Staff recommendation to Governing Board: consider approval of REDI / Innovative projects for funding


Applicants are encouraged to arrange time with district staff to review potential projects
between Nov. 4 and Dec. 17, 2015.

Application Deadline
  • Complete applications were to be emailed between November 3, 2015, and 4 p.m. on December 17, 2015, to
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.
  • Dale Jenkins:
    Phone: 386-312-2304
  • Mark Brandenburg:
    Phone: 407-659-4806
  • The district will select projects that it determines provide the most beneficial water resource results.


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