6 Things You Didn’t Know About Florida’s Sand & Grit Grant Program

May 20, 2020
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As you may or may not be aware, Florida has funding available through a grant assistance program for qualifying utilities to remove sand and grit from their facilities. We’ve got answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Sand & Grit Grant Program below.

Paint-filter dry sand removed from a structure while in operation.
Paint-filter dry sand removed from a structure while in operation.

When did the program start?

The program began in 2014 and is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) developed to assist wastewater treatment plants in the removal of sand and grit to increase capacity, reduce energy use, and improve effluent quality.

How do I qualify?

Your facility must be a public utility with an average annual daily flow of 3MGD or under, and a portion of the plant must remain online during removal.

What is the process?

A simple, 1-page information sheet must be filled out; once it has been submitted to the FDEP, they begin to draft the grant agreement.

How much funding can I receive?

If eligible, your facility will be reimbursed 50-100%. There is no limit to the amount of funding your facility can receive through the grant program.

How many structures can I get funding for?

As many as needed that qualify. There is no limitation to the number of structures you can clean under the grant program as long as all qualifications are met.

How soon can I get reimbursed?

Typically within 30-days of invoice submittal to FDEP.

Have more questions? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable representatives to learn how this program can potentially benefit your facility by calling (941) 404-3405 or emailing info@ussubmergent.com.

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