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2021/2022 Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program

Total Removal Funding


2021/2022 DV Grant Opportunities



FWC Announces 2021/2022 Revised Derelict Vessel Grant Opportunities

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 new Derelict Vessel Grant Guidelines allows for the receipt of these grant applications on a continuing basis with no deadlines as long as funding is available. Also, FWC will now pay 100% reimbursement to the grantee for all eligible vessels in the grant contract. Eligibility at a minimum, will include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court and 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 as long as funding is available. 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 was $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

This grant program is only available for state, county and local governments. It is not available for private citizens or non-governmental organizations.


Download Printable Application and Guidelines:

FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program (Grant Guidelines) 

FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program (Grant Application) 

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