Competitive Florida Partnership Grant, State Fiscal Year 2020-2021


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) anticipates that the Florida Legislature will appropriate funding for Competitive Florida Partnership Grants. Funding assists local governments pursuing asset-based economic development through innovative planning and development strategies. DEO offers grant funding and technical assistance to help communities plan for and implement an economic development strategy using the Competitive Florida Partnership model.

Grant Request Submission Timeframe

Applicants shall submit requests for grant funding to DEO during the application dates announced in the beginning of 2020. Submitting a request for funding does not guarantee that funding will be provided. DEO will consider grant requests received by the announced date and time before considering grant requests received after the announced date and time.


Program grants are available to counties, municipalities and Regional Planning Councils on behalf of counties, municipalities and communities. Grant awards will highlight rural and small communities. Rural areas may include a rural municipality in an urban county.

Grant Period

July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The Office of Community Partnerships cannot accept requests for multi-year projects.

Project Completion

All work should be completed by May 15, 2021.

Grant Type: Cost Reimbursement

The grant scope of work is written by DEO and facilitates a community-driven process to create an economic development strategy that builds on local strengths and assets.

Typical Award Range

Grant awards are $40,000. 

Funding is contingent upon an appropriation from the Legislature.

Project Types

In partnership with Competitive Florida staff, the community will undertake an asset-based, community-driven approach to writing an economic development strategy outlined in the Competitive Florida Partnership process. Extensive planning and economic development assistance is provided by DEO throughout the year.

Contents of a Request for Funding

The funding request should include the following:

  1. Letter of Request
    • Applicants are asked to include elements set forth in the following grant proposal letter guidelines:
      • What, specifically, is the community seeking to accomplish by creating an economic development strategy?
      • Has the community taken on a grant-funded project in the past? What did it accomplish? What were the challenges?
      • Project manager(s): Who is dedicated to managing and leading this project from start to finish? How much time will they commit to the grant process on a weekly basis?
        How does the community plan to engage local stakeholders?
    • NOTE: Applicants shall submit a letter of request signed by the chief elected official, the city manager, or the county manager (if unincorporated).
  2. Description of Existing Economic and Community Development Activities. Applicants are asked to submit a description of the current plans and strategies (e.g., vision plan, economic development strategies, etc.) that influence economic and community development activities undertaken by the community. Descriptions of other activities related to economic and community development undertaken by the community that lack a guiding strategy are also welcome.
  3. Letters of Support to Demonstrate Partnership. Building and creating community partnerships to guide and implement economic development efforts requires input from many different organizations. Letters of support from as many of the following organizations as possible will help demonstrate that your community has the partners it needs to move forward with a comprehensive economic development effort.
    • Local Governments. If the partnership is proposed at the municipal level, a letter from the chief elected official or city manager is required. A letter of support from the county is encouraged but not required.  If the partnership is proposed countywide, all local governments included in the effort should submit a letter of support.
    • Community Action Agency.
    • Regional CareerSource Network Board.
    • Local Economic Development Organizations. This may include, but is not limited to: county/city economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and other government and non-government entities.
    • County School Board. This is encouraged for both countywide and municipal level proposals.
    • Regional Planning and Economic Development Organizations. This may include, but is not limited to: regional planning councils, regional development organizations and others as appropriate.
    • Additional organizations or entities deemed appropriate by the applicant.

How to Submit the Grant Request to DEO

Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed requests for funding will also be accepted. Submit requests electronically to Submit requests by U.S. Mail to:

  • Joshua Askey
  • The Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Division of Community Development
  • 107 East Madison Street, MSC 160
  • Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4120
  • (850) 717-8506
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