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Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Grants Program Limited Request for Proposals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) is seeking grant applications for Fixed Capital Outlay projects that will enhance and expand the network of acute care and holding facilities within the state of Florida to treat sick and injured manatees. “Fixed Capital Outlay” refers to funding appropriations for real property (land, buildings, including appurtenances, fixtures and fixed equipment, structures, etc.), including additions, replacements, major repairs, and renovations to real property which materially extend its useful life or materially improve or change its functional use, including furniture and equipment necessary to furnish and operate a new or improved facility.

This is a Limited Request for Proposals to solicit proposals from qualified applicants (per Rule 68-1.003). Requestor must be a federally authorized manatee acute care or holding facility in Florida or have a permit application under review or in process.

Project Requirements

  • Projects must result in a measurable enhanced capacity to treat and/or hold sick and injured manatees.
  • Funds must be committed, and projects must be initiated, by December 2023.  Projects at a stage of advanced planning and engineering that can begin within a short time may be given preference.
  • Project budgets should not exceed $2 million.FWRI reserves the right to negotiate project scopes and award amounts to maximize capacity within the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership.

Cost Sharing/Matching
Cost sharing is not required but may be included to maximize the State’s return on investment.

Applications will be evaluated based on these review criteria:

  • Applicability of the project to the RFP goal: This criterion will assess the responsiveness of the proposal to the RFP goal to enhance and expand the network of acute care facilities to treat sick and injured manatees.
  • Value to the manatee care network: This criterion will assess the degree to which the project fills gaps; maximizes benefits to, and increases the efficiency of, the manatee care network; and the likelihood that it will result in a sustained increase in capacity of the network. Priority will be given to projects that will increase acute care capacity and are strategically geographically located.
  • Qualifications of the applicant: This criterion will assess whether the applicant possesses the necessary experience, facilities, and administrative resources to accomplish the proposed project. Outcomes of prior state or federal support for creation or enhancement of manatee care facilities maybe considered.
  • Project costs: This criterion will assess the budget to determine if it is realistic and commensurate with the project goals, objectives, and timeline, as defined in the project proposal; and the return on investment that the project is likely to provide.

To apply, email the FWRI Grants Program at and request the FWC-FWRI Grant Program Application and Budget forms. 

Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) August 15, 2022.


A pre-submittal conference will be held via Microsoft Teams on July 22 at 2:00 p.m. to address questions related to the manatee care network and project concepts.

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