163.2523 Grant program.—An Urban Infill and Redevelopment Assistance Grant Program is created for local governments. A local government may allocate grant money to special districts, including community redevelopment agencies, and nonprofit community development organizations to implement projects consistent with an adopted urban infill and redevelopment plan or plan employed in lieu thereof. Thirty percent of the general revenue appropriated for this program shall be available for planning grants to be used by local governments for the development of an urban infill and redevelopment plan, including community participation processes for the plan. Sixty percent of the general revenue appropriated for this program shall be available for fifty/fifty matching grants for implementing urban infill and redevelopment projects that further the objectives set forth in the local government’s adopted urban infill and redevelopment plan or plan employed in lieu thereof. The remaining 10 percent of the revenue must be used for outright grants for implementing projects requiring an expenditure of under $50,000. If the volume of fundable applications under any of the allocations specified in this section does not fully obligate the amount of the allocation, the Department of Community Affairs may transfer the unused balance to the category having the highest dollar value of applications eligible but unfunded. However, in no event may the percentage of dollars allocated to outright grants for implementing projects exceed 20 percent in any given fiscal year. Projects that provide employment opportunities to clients of the Temporary Cash Assistance program and projects within urban infill and redevelopment areas that include a community redevelopment area, Florida Main Street program, Front Porch Florida Community, sustainable community, enterprise zone, federal enterprise zone, enterprise community, or neighborhood improvement district must be given an elevated priority in the scoring of competing grant applications. The Division of Housing and Community Development of the Department of Community Affairs shall administer the grant program. The Department of Community Affairs shall adopt rules establishing grant review criteria consistent with this section.
History.—s. 1, ch. 99-378; s. 20, ch. 2000-317; s. 2, ch. 2010-209.