The Cooperative Assistance Program is a grant program established by the Florida Legislature and the District for the purpose of financially cooperating with state and regional governments to alleviate problems associated with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and associated waterways within the District. The program is authorized by Section 374.976, Florida Statutes, and is administered under the provisions of Chapter 66B-1, Florida Administrative Code.
Eligible state and regional governmental agencies seeking to develop waterway improvement projects within the twelve counties of the District (Miami-Dade to Nassau Counties) can apply for funding assistance. Eligible governmental agencies will be notified of the application process and provided an application package on January 1st of each year. Applications are then due at the District office by April 1st.
Applications are initially reviewed by District staff for compliance with District rules. If the application is in compliance, the applicant presents their application to the District's Board of Commissioners. The Board then evaluates the application for funding which is subject to statutory and budget limitations. For those projects which are approved for funding by the District Board, assistance funds become available on October 1st.
Waterway related projects must be located on natural, navigable waterways within the District. Eligible waterway related projects include the following:
· navigation channel dredging
· channel markers
· navigation signs or buoys
Waterway Related Recreation
· boat ramps
· docking facilities
· fishing & viewing piers
· waterfront boardwalks
· law enforcement equipment
· boating safety programs
Dredged material management
· dredged material management sites
· shoreline stabilization
There is no limitation on the amount funding that may be requested. The District is authorized to provide up to 75% for public navigation projects while all other project categories are eligible for up to 50% funding assistance. Annually the District allocates approximately $1 million for the program. Cash, in-kind services and other grant funds may be utilized as the local match.
Cooperative Assistance Project Listing
Total Project Types Funded
Quarterly Status Report Form
Payment Reimbursement Requests and Project Closeout Procedures
Cooperative Assistance Application Package
To Apply: Download the application form PDF to fill out or you may apply online below.
Download the Application for the Cooperative Assistance Program (PDF)