FLMS has created a cost-share program that funds lake, pond and shoreline projects demonstrating management techniques that help protect, preserve and restore Florida’s aquatic resources. Each year FLMS solicits grant proposals describing successful management projects. FLMS will provide matching funds for expenses incurred by the selected applicant. Expenditures may be in the form of labor or monetary contributions utilized in the program. Proposals are reviewed by a selection committee based on the following criteria:
- Monetary or labor match — programs encouraging community involvement are strongly recommended.
- Location — project must be accessible to the public (may include large communities or neighborhoods - dependent on accessibility).
- Signage — educational component explaining project.
- Water quality enhancements — examples include Florida-friendly landscaping, environmental berm and swale, and other innovative erosion control techniques.
“Love Your Lake” project proposals must be submitted by December 1st. The Awards Committee will review all applications and make their recommendation to the FLMS Board. Final reports and invoices must be submitted by September 30th. The deadline may be extended on a case by case basis as approved by the grants committee.
Special Note: The deadline for the 2016-2017 grant cycle has been extended to April 1, 2017 for applications.