Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program

derelict-vessel         Total Removal Funding            2018/2019

Available Incumbered /Expended
$1,000,000 $0.00

        FWC Announces 2018/2019 Derelict Vessel
       1st round Removal Grant Availability

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pursuant to sections 206.606 and 376.15, F.S., has established a program to provide grants to local governments for reimbursement for the removal of derelict vessels from the public waters of the state. The program is funded by an appropriation from the Florida Legislature.

FWC’s first 2018/2019 Derelict Vessel Removal Grant opportunity application period for derelict vessel removal grants is approaching soon. Below are the dates for the first application period. 

The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program will begin on Tuesday January 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM (EST), and end on Friday February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST).  Applications received after Friday February 15, 2019 will not be eligible for consideration in round one. All removal applications must demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner.  At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that these opportunities have been offered to the owners of the vessels will not be considered for state funding assistance.

Applications that meet the requirements for the Rapid Removal Grant Program may be submitted at any time after the opportunity announcement start date, but no later than December 31, 2019 at 5:00pm (EST) (based on available funding). Rapid removal cases must also meet guideline requirements and due process requirements.  All applications will require a law enforcement Letter of Authorization to remove and dispose of the vessel applied for in the application submitted. Total funding allocated for derelict vessel removal for fiscal year 2018/19 is $1,000,000. Applications may be mailed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boating and Waterways Section, Derelict Vessel Grant Program Administrator, at 620 S. Meridian Street – Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600 or emailed to



Download Printable Application and Guidelines: 

FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program (Guidelines) Adobe PDF

FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program (Application) Adobe PDF


For questions or additional information, please contact: 

Phil Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, (850) 617-9540 or email




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