Competitive Florida Partnership Grant, State Fiscal Year 2020-2021


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is now accepting Competitive Florida Partnership Program grant requests for state fiscal year (SFY) 2020-2021. Competitive Florida Partnership grants provide small and rural cities, as well as regional planning councils, the opportunity to create an asset-based economic development strategy through innovative planning and development.

Grant Request Submission Timeframe

Please submit a grant request for funding to DEO on or before Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Submitting a request for funding does not guarantee that funding will be provided. DEO will consider grant requests received by the above date and time before grant requests received after the above 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 31, 2021.

Grant Type: Cost Reimbursement

DEO staff write each grant’s scope of work and facilitates a community-driven process to create an economic development strategy that builds on the strengths and assets of individual Competitive Florida communities.

Typical Award Range

Grant awards are typically $40,000, but award amounts may vary.

Project Types

In partnership with DEO's 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. Planning and economic development assistance is provided by DEO throughout the year.

Request for Funding

The funding request should include the following:

  1. Letter of Request
    • Applicants are asked to include the following elements in the following grant proposal letter:
      • 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. DEO requests that applicants 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 Demonstrating 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. Examples of letters may be from the following entities:
    • 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

DEO prefers electronic submissions, but mailed requests for funding are also acceptable.

  • Submit requests electronically to
  • Submit requests by U.S. Mail to:
    • Mario Rubio, Director
      The Department of Economic Opportunity
      Division of Community Development
      107 East Madison Street, MSC 160
      Tallahassee, Florida 32399-4120

Additional Information

Funding is contingent upon an approved appropriation.

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