The Waterway Assistance Program is a grant program established by the Florida Legislature and the District for the purpose of
financially cooperating with local 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-2, Florida Administrative Code.
Eligible local governmental agencies include municipalities, counties, port authorities and special taxing districts within the twelve
counties of the District. Eligible local governmental agencies are 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 the District staff for compliance with District rules. If the application is in compliance, the
applicant presents his application to the District's Board of Commissioners. The Board then evaluates the application utilizing a
rating form. Projects scoring the minimum number points become eligible for funding which is subject to statutory and budget limitations.
For those projects which are approved for funding by the District Board, funds become available on October 1st.
Waterway related projects must be located on natural, navigable waterways within the District. Eligible waterway related projects
include navigation channel dredging, channel markers, navigation signs or buoys, boat ramps, docking facilities, fishing & viewing
piers, waterfront boardwalks, inlet management, environmental education, law enforcement equipment, boating safety programs, beach
re-nourishment, dredge material management, environmental mitigation, and shoreline stabilization.
The limitation on funding has been established by the Legislature to be equal to the tax revenue that the District receives from the
county in which the applicant is located. There may be several applicants from within a county competing for these funds.
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 $6.2 million dollars for the program. Cash, in-kind services
and other grant funds may be utilized as the local match.
Waterway Assistance Project Listing
Total Project Types Funded
County Assistance Totals
Quarterly Status Report Form
Quarterly Status Report Form (Acrobat Reader is required)
Payment Reimbursement Requests and Project Closeout Procedures
Waterway Assistance Application Package (Acrobat Reader is required)
Download Part 1 - WAP Grant Instructions (WORD)
Download Part 2 - WAP Grant Application (ZIP/WORD)
WAP Rule 66B-2 (2016)
Download a free copy of Acrobat Reader, click here.
For more information, please contact Janet Zimmerman.