Thank Dorian for extended deadline to apply for Rebuild Florida money
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"We want Florida to be fully focused on preparedness."

With the named-storm Dorian trudging toward the Sunshine State, the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) says it’s “extending the deadline for local governments to submit applications for the $85 million Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program.”

The news was announced in a Thursday news release.

The upshot: The original deadline of Friday, Aug. 30 has been pushed to Thursday, Oct. 31 — a total of an extra two months.

“Additionally, local governments that have already submitted applications will be allowed to amend and resubmit their applications for funding,” the release said.

“With Dorian approaching, we want Florida’s communities to be fully focused on preparedness activities,” said Ken Lawson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“By extending the application deadline for the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program, we’re ensuring eligible local governments have every opportunity to apply for these critical disaster recovery funds.”

Here’s more from the release:

Grant funding can be used by local governments to restore and improve infrastructure in areas damaged by Hurricane Irma or as match funding for other federal programs to carry out eligible, federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) infrastructure activity.

Local governments may apply individually or as a regional group for grant funding for infrastructure projects that meet program requirements, including demonstrating Hurricane Irma impacts and primarily benefitting low- to moderate- income populations. For more information about the program, visit the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program’s webpage.

Rebuild Florida, a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, launched in September 2018 to use federal funding for Florida’s long-term disaster recovery efforts. For more information, visit

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