Funding Initiatives

The Suwanee River Water Management District is committed to restoration and protection of water and related natural resources in north-central Florida. This requires projects, programs, and plans that focus on ensuring adequate and sustainable water supply, improving and maintaining good water quality, restoring and protecting natural systems, and providing flood protection.

Described on this page are the District’s cooperative funding programs and grant opportunities for projects that work to achieve our goals.

Cooperative Funding Programs

State Springs Grant Program

Under the leadership of Governor Scott, the Florida Legislature established a record amount of dedicated funding to restore and protect Florida’s springs. Springs are important natural, social, and economic resources for the entire State. The springs throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) support North Florida’s tourism and natural resource based economy.

Under the State Springs Grant Program, administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, funds may be used for land acquisition to protect springs and for capital projects that protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from springs.

For more information on this program, please visit the DEP Cost-Share Programs page 

Alternative Water Supply Grant Program (AWS)

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.

For more information on this program, please visit the DEP Cost-Share Programs page

Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) Cooperative Funding Program
County governments, municipalities, water supply authorities, and other interested government entities can apply for funding from the SRWMD for projects that enhance or address the District's water supply, water quality, flood protection, and/or natural system responsibilities. 

For more information on this program, please visit the RIVER Cost Share Program page.

Agricultural Cost-Share Program
The District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are providing cost share funds to assist agricultural producers with projects to maximize irrigation system efficiency and advanced management tools that save water across the SRWMD. Also, funds are available for dairy farms to enhance their wastewater management systems. These funds help protect and conserve water resources in the river basins as well as the hundreds of outstanding springs in our District. The District's Agriculture Team coordinates these projects.

For more information on this cost-share program, please visit the Agricultural Cost-Share Program page.

School & Community Water Resource Grants

School and school-age educational community groups within the District's 15-county boundary can apply for funding consideration for projects that implement water conservation, water quality improvement, or efficient irrigation management.

For more information on this program, please visit the School and Community Water Resource Grant page.


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