ESF July Bulletin

Funding Opportunities

DEO [] Announces $30 Million Available to Florida Rural Communities: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced $30 million in available funds for Florida rural communities through the Rural Infrastructure Fund. Rural communities can apply for this grant beginning July 15, 2022, to make infrastructure improvements and facilitate economic development activities that have positive, long-term impacts on local economies. Awards will be made on a rolling basis as applications are received.

DEP Opens Water Quality Grants Portal []: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened the Water Quality Grants Portal for Fiscal Year 2022-23. DEP has launched this portal to provide eligible entities the opportunity to submit proposals for each fiscal year's water quality grant programs.  Grants are available for Wastewater, Innovative Technologies, Resilient Florida, and Biscayne Bay, Springs Coast, and Water Quality. Proposals are due by July 22, 2022.

NFWF [] Southeast Aquatics Fund Request for Proposals: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Southeast Aquatics Fund will award approximately $2 million in grants to support voluntary watershed-based restoration and improved management within riparian and in-stream areas and the forest and agricultural lands that impact them to improve the health of these aquatic systems and secure populations of native freshwater aquatic species. Proposals are due by July 26, 2022.

NEA Our Town Grant Application Opens []: Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' creative placemaking grant program. Through project-based funding, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Our Town projects advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Proposals are due by August 4, 2022.

2023 REPI Challenge Request for Proposals []: The Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program will provide up to $40 million toward projects, with the primary focus on advancing efforts that preserve key mission capabilities of strategic importance to the Department of Defense and enhance installation and range resilience to climate change and severe weather events (e.g., drought, increased wildfires, thawing permafrost). The REPI program will allocate up to $25 million to projects that apply through the REPI Challenge process and up to $15 million to projects that apply through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Coastal Resilience Fund. Pre-proposals are due no later than Monday, July 25, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Upcoming Webinars

Cybersecurity [] for Florida's Small Business Community: Emergency Support Function 18 will host a webinar on July 20, 2022 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, to provide cybersecurity resources and information to Florida's small business community. Speakers from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Florida Small Business Development Center will provide an overview of current geopolitical tensions, describe cyber incident reporting procedures, and identify state and federal resources available to small business owners.

The Business of Farming and Ranching Webinar []: The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a webinar on July 21, 2022, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET about the many opportunities that exist for farmers and ranchers in rural communities to begin a business journey or expand your existing business to build capacity, including how to access capital, develop business acumen, where to find local technical assistance, and the basics of selling to the government.

SBDC Disaster Resiliency: It's Your Business []: The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida International University will host a business resiliency webinar on July 27, 2022, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., ET. Topics will include: how to turn business continuity into a competitive advantage; free disaster planning tools and resources; and review of key disaster recovery programs.

NLC Cities of the Future Webinar []: This webinar series will feature city leaders from around the country discussing how they are leveraging various technical solutions to prepare their city for the future. Join the National League of Cities and several experts to hear how city leaders are promoting improved service delivery, enhanced government operations, and innovative process improvements on July 27, 2022 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.

CISA [] Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is hosting a 2-hour Security Webinar to enhance awareness of, and response to, an active shooter incident. Speakers will discuss the elements of active shooter incident response planning with guidance from expert instructors, describe common behaviors, conditions, and situations associated with active shooter events, discuss how to recognize potential workplace violence indicators, and provide information about best practices, communications protocols, and resources that will assist stakeholders to develop or enhance their emergency planning, preparedness, and response to active shooter incidents. The webinar will take place on August 10, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET.

Training Opportunities

Disaster Preparedness/Recovery for Small Business Owners []: Is your business prepared for a disaster? Unfortunately, the sun does not always shine in Tampa Bay; but if you are prepared, your business may shine through no matter what the forecast. Learn strategies for preparing your business for hurricane season and other potential disasters. SBA Disaster Recovery Loan information will also be provided. This event will take place on July 18, 2022 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., ET, at The Greenhouse in St. Petersburg, FL.

Logistics and Supply Chain Resilience in Disasters []: The goal of this certified DHS/FEMA performance level course is to train public and private stakeholders to establish a resilient disaster supply chain that is capable of rapidly sourcing, tracking, transporting, staging, and distributing critical emergency supplies to survivors during a disaster. The training provides a practical approach for participants to develop rapidly collaborative public and private solutions to restore pre-existing supply chains that provide critical supplies to survivors during a disaster. The class will take place July 20-21, 2022, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Central Time, at the Walton County Emergency Operations Center in DeFuniak Springs, FL.

Executing Strategies to Rapidly Rehabilitate Damaged Housing []: This training consists of planning tools and resources for the community to conduct disaster housing planning and damage assessments. The curriculum includes opportunities to develop stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors, provide checklist based resources for use in a pre- and post-disaster environment, and best practices for enhancing community mitigation and disaster resilience. The class will take place on August 31, 2022, from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., ET, at the Martin County Public Safety Complex in Stuart, FL.


2022 Florida Technology & Innovation Solution Summit []: Join the Florida Chamber Foundation for the first annual 2022 Florida Technology & Innovation Solution Summit, August 31, 2022, from 9:00am-4:00pm ET in Tampa, FL. Engage in conversations with some of Florida's top inventors, leaders in disruptive tech, and legislators on creating the solutions to build an advanced business climate while looking to innovation to secure Florida's future.

2022 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism []: Join VISIT FLORIDA in Boca Raton from August 31–September 2, 2022 for the premier educational conference for Florida's tourism industry. Each year, the Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism brings together representatives from destination marketing organizations, hotels, resorts, amusement parks, the legislature, advertising agencies, and other suppliers for two days of professional development, engaging speakers, workshop sessions, and networking opportunities.


Roadmap to Federal Resources for Disaster Recovery []: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the Roadmap to Federal Resources for Disaster Recovery, designed to help state, local, tribal, and territorial entities and other interested parties who are facing recovery and resiliency challenges and who may benefit from federal financial program support. The Roadmap serves as a useful informational tool for entities navigating the post-disaster recovery resource landscape and features an extensive section about economic recovery.

Building Flood Mitigation Awareness in Your Community []: As you work with property owners looking to make informed decisions around the actions they can take to lower their risk of flooding, can help. Developed by the Association of State Floodplain Managers with financial support from FEMA, this interactive website empowers people to protect themselves and their most valuable asset. To get started, people can go to, answer a series of five simple questions, and receive a detailed list of mitigation options recommended to reduce flood risk for their specific property type.

Miami-Dade [] County Releases Heat Vulnerability Assessment and Interactive Story Map: Following Mayor Cava's announcement of the launch of Miami-Dade County's first-ever official "Heat Season" awareness campaign, the County released a Heat Vulnerability Assessment Report and an interactive online story map illustrating areas of high vulnerability to the risks of extreme heat. In 2021, Mayor Levine Cava appointed Jane Gilbert as the world's first Chief Heat Officer to lead the County's Climate and Heat Health Task Force and spearhead work to address the impacts of extreme heat. The Task Force is working on a Climate and Heat Health Action Plan to address the policies and initiatives needed to mitigate urban heat islands, protect outdoor workers and assist people in reducing their energy burdens.

State Emergency Response Team

ESF 18: Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization


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