Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program


Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program

With $75 million in Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding, the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program assists units of general local government and state agencies to harden critical buildings that serve a public safety purpose for local communities.

The application submission cycle for the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program closed on June 30, 2020. On February 3, 2021, awards were announced for 30 communities. As of August 2022, these projects were in the Subrecipient Agreement Execution phase. 

Current Status of the CFHP: Subrecipient Agreements


To provide local governments and state agencies with more information about the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program, DEO hosted a webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The slides and transcript are available below.

Webinar Slides

Webinar Transcript

Technical Assistance

From April 24 to May 1, DEO provided one-on-one technical assistance phone calls with interested applicants. After May 1st, applicants had additional opportunities to receive further technical assistance from our mitigation team members.

Program Guidelines

English | Spanish | Haitian Creole

Sample Completed Materials
English | Spanish | Haitian Creole

COVID-19 Public Notice Requirement

Per notice from HUD, there has been an amendment to the Public Notice requirement. Please view the new requirement here.

How to Apply

The application cycle for the Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program closed on June 30, 2020. Applicants were strongly encouraged to use the online application. However, a fillable PDF (Spanish | Haitian Creole) application was made available and could be emailed to or mailed to:

Attention: Office of Long-Term Resiliency 
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Mitigation Team
107 East Madison Street Caldwell Building, MSC 160
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100  

Eligible Areas

Florida communities most impacted and distressed by presidentially declared disasters in 2016 and 2017.


Eligible Structures

DEO has identified the following types of structures as critical facilities:

  • Potable water facilities
  • Waste water facilities
  • Police departments
  • Fire departments
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency operation centers
  • Emergency shelters

Program Timeline

  • April 15, 2020: Application submission cycle opens.
  • April 22, 2020: Critical Facility Hardening Webinar.
  • April 24 - May 1, 2020: Intensive technical assistance period.
  • June 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST: Application submission cycle closed.
  • February 3, 2021: Awards announced.
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