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$28.4M for Pandemic Relief and Hurricane Recovery Funding for 23 Florida Communities

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Tallahassee - Wednesday June 21,2022: Twenty-three Florida communities will receive $28.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from state and federal sources for pandemic relief and hurricane recovery.

The Community Services Block Grant Program is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. It provides direct federal funding or matching funds to designated local governments and nonprofit agencies.

The money is coming from two different Federal Block Grant programs.

Most of it, $25.4M is direct federal funding from the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act, or CDBG-CV, program. These funds are federally-awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and they're designed to help local governments prepare for, prevent, or respond to the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Federal funding from the CDBG-CV program has been awarded to the following communities:

• Alachua County ($4,000,782)
• City of Apopka ($800,000)
• City of Coleman ($1,772,500
• City of Fort Lauderdale ($906,510)
• City of Green Cove Springs ($1,397,600)
• City of Hollywood ($760,335)
• City of Homestead ($502,061)
• Village of Indiantown ($342,390)
• Lake City ($2,000,000)
• Leon County ($3,604,207)
• City of Macclenny ($291,000)
• City of Mary Esther ($324,000)
• City of New Port Richey ($973,986)
• City of Stuart ($4,791,000)
• City of Vernon ($987,566)
• Town of Wausau ($1,384,090)
• City of West Palm Beach ($567,974)

Most of the remaining $2.9M will provide funds for eligible projects to support recovery efforts in panhandle communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Most of that amount is federal money as well coming from the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery, or CDBG-DR, program. A 25% local match is required and the Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program the $748-thousand provide the local community match in order to qualify for the federal funds.

CDBG-DR Hazard Mitigation Grant Match program funds have been awarded to the following communities:

• Gulf County ($1,039,184)
• Jackson County ($367,364)
• Liberty County ($115,116)
• City of Marianna ($474,000)
• City of Mexico Beach ($601,408)
• City of Panama City ($492,428)

For more information about the CDBG-CV program, visit: FloridaJobs.org/CDBG-CV.

For more information about the HMGP Match Program, visit: RebuildFlorida.gov.