DEP Cost Share Program

Program Overview - Springs

The Florida Legislature, through the Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), provides funding assistance for projects that improve the quality and quantity of the state’s water resources that protect and improve springs. FDEP works closely with the water management districts, local governments and other stakeholders to identify and implement springs projects that achieve restoration goals. State funding assistance is being made available to entities to implement these projects.

Eligible projects include land acquisition intended to protect springs, and capital projects that protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from springs. This would include any viable springs protection, restoration or management projects, such as:

  • Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Hydrologic Restoration
  • Land Acquisition
  • Reuse
  • Stormwater
  • Wastewater Collection and Treatment
  • Water Conservation
  • Other innovative approaches and efficiencies that further the intended goal

Program Overview - Alternative Water Supply

The Governor and Legislature recognize the importance of developing alternative water supplies for the growing economy and health of Florida's natural systems. The Department and the Districts will give special consideration to projects in the MFL Recovery or Prevention Strategies or District Regional Water Supply Plans or projects otherwise benefitting MFLs.

  • Reclaimed Water
  • Water Conservation
  • Stormwater
  • Surface Water
  • Brackish Groundwater
  • Desalination
  • Other Non-Traditional Source
  • Other Water Quantity
  • Feasibility and Land  acquisition projects may be eligible if they relate to one of the above and are necessary to implement a regional project

Project Submittal

New application forms, guidance documents and deadlines for the Springs funding requests for the fiscal year 2022-2023 will be available beginning Oct 11, 2021.  Project submittals must be submitted to the Suwannee River Water Management District's (SRWMD) through the Form Application portal by 11:59 PM December 15, 2021.

The application form can be accessed with the following link:

Please read the following guidance and reference materials which will provide the applicant with assistance with how to fill out the required project application:


For more information, please contact the Agriculture and Environmental Projects team by email or by calling 386-362-1001.