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Infrastructure & Public Facilities

About the Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $201,535,000 to Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), known as Resilient SRQ, to aid the long-term recovery from Hurricane Ian for low-to-moderate income individuals. Resilient SRQ has multiple programs, one of those being the Infrastructure and Public Facilities Program. This program has a total of $70 million allocated for eligible projects for Sarasota County public entities and nonprofit organizations. The South River Road Evacuation Corridor outlined in the HUD-approved Action Plan has an allocation of $25,000,000.

Selected Projects

On Wednesday, May 22, the Sarasota County Commission convened at 1660 Ringling Blvd. to select projects for the Resilient SRQ Infrastructure and Public Facilities Program. The following projects have been selected by the Sarasota County Commission to execute subrecipient agreements.

North Port Boys and Girls Club

Approved: $4,000,000

Funds will support the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility with classrooms, an art studio, enrichment space, a technology lab, a cafeteria, a commercial teaching kitchen, a teen center, college and career space and more.

North Port Salvation Army Social Services

Approved: $3,010,000

Funds will support the construction of a new social services facility in North Port that will provide an array of emergency services to families and individuals in need, including utility and rental emergency assistance and intensive case management services.

Water Control Structure 121 Reconstruction, City of North Port

Approved: $2,042,000

Funds will support the design and construction of a replacement for Water Control Structure 121, a four-gated structure located in North Port. This project will support approximately 15,745 citizens living in the service area.

Water Control Structure 130 Reconstruction, City of North Port

Approved: $2,042,000

Funds will support the design and construction of a replacement for Water Control Structure 130, a four-gated structure located in North Port. This project will support approximately 15,745 citizens living in the service area.

Myakkahatchee Creek Bridge Reconstruction, City of North Port

Approved: $10,314,000

Funds will support the construction of a complete replacement bridge. The bridge will be widened, modernized to contemporary design standards and will feature a sidewalk instead of the pedestrian bridge now in place.

Bridge at North Port Blvd and Cocoplum Reconstruction, City of North Port

Approved: $106,000

Funds will support the full rehabilitation of the bridge, required to ensure the structure’s integrity and to mitigate any future storm impacts.

Sarasota Bay Watershed Flood and Water Quality Improvements, City of Sarasota

Approved: $1,200,000

Funds will support upsizing approximately 2,400 linear feet of existing stormwater pipes, thereby improving the system's capability to handle large volumes of runoff and reduce the incidence of flooding. This project aims to address challenges by enhancing the capacity of the current stormwater management system and includes the installation of a nutrient-separating baffle box. The project will aim to alleviate flooding, significantly enhance the quality of water entering Whitaker Bayou, protect the environmental health of the Sarasota Bay Watershed and ensure the resilience of local water bodies.

South River Road Widening from U.S. 41 to Winchester Blvd, Sarasota County

Approved: $15,000,000 (+ $25,000,000 already outlined in HUD-approved Action Plan)

Funds will support the widening and elevation of approximately four miles of the existing two-lane undivided South River Road from U.S. 41 to Winchester Boulevard. This will result in four 12-foot-wide thru-lanes within a rural divided section with inside and outside shoulders, a grassed median, updated turn lanes, and five new intersections or roundabouts with pedestrian and bicycle trails/sidewalks. The project will also include updated open ditch drainage with cross drains and new storage ponds, floodplain compensation areas, lighting, landscaping, new signing and pavement markings and utility relocations.

Rehabilitation and Storm-Hardening of the Manasota Key Bascule Bridge, Sarasota County

Approved: $2,980,000

Funds will support the strengthening and hardening of the bridge, enhancing the resiliency of critical infrastructure to future storm events and projected sea level rise.

Englewood Coastal Infringement Stormwater Improvements, Sarasota County

Approved: $3,135,000

Funds will support the installation of stormwater management infrastructure in a low-lying portion of Englewood to provide adequate drainage and prevent future flooding of nearby roads and properties. Proposed mitigation measures will provide the required capacity increase of the stormwater system for the identified roads, reducing the risk of future damages and loss of service events, and providing increased protection against flooding.

Carlton Water Treatment Plant Switchgear Improvements and Generator, Sarasota County

Approved: $745,000

Funds will support Phase I design and Phase II construction to rehabilitate the power generation and distribution infrastructure supporting the T. Mabry Carlton Water Treatment Plant (Carlton WTP).

Carlton Water Treatment Plant Infrastructure Retrofit - High Service Pumps, Sarasota County

Approved: $420,000

Funds will support design and construction activities for the rehabilitation of the T. Mabry Carlton Water Treatment Plant (Carlton WTP) high-service pumps. These upgrades will enhance the plant’s reliability and capacity, ensuring its viability for future population growth, and mitigating the potential impacts of hurricanes, drought, and wildfires.

Information Sessions

 

Resilient SRQ offered information sessions for Nonprofits and Public Entities to share program details on the Infrastructure & Public Facilities application and answered questions organizations had. 

Resilient SRQ Public Facilities Information Session Virtual for Non Profit
Resilient SRQ Public Facilities Information Session Virtual for Non Profit

Resilient SRQ Public Facilities Information Session Virtual for Non Profit

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Resilient SRQ Infrastructure Information Session Virtual for Public Entities

Resilient SRQ Infrastructure Information Session Virtual for Public Entities

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Resilient SRQ Infrastructure Information Session Virtual for County Departments

Resilient SRQ Infrastructure Information Session Virtual for County Departments

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Resilient SRQ Infrastructure Information Session Virtual for Public Entities 2 16 24

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Infrastructure and Public Facilities Program FAQ's

  • Who is eligible to apply for Infrastructure and Public Facilities funding?
    Sarasota County public entities are eligible to apply for funding for infrastructure and public facilities. Nonprofit organizations registered as a 501(c)(3) or (4) within Sarasota County are eligible to apply for funding for public facilities.
  • What are the project qualifications for nonprofit organizations?
    Projects must benefit low- to moderate- income clientele, have a tieback to Hurricane Ian, and rehabilitate or reconstruct public facilities.
  • What are the project qualifications for public entities?
    Projects must benefit low- to moderate- income persons, assist in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight or meet an urgent need; have a tieback to Hurricane Ian or mitigation, and rehabilitate or reconstruct public facilities and/or infrastructure.
  • How can my organization apply for Infrastructure and Public Facilities funding?
    Applications are now closed. The program application launched February 5, 2024, and closed March 18, 2024. Sign-up to receive email updates in the event that additional funding becomes available in the future.
  • I represent a nonprofit organization. How do I know which application to complete?
    Nonprofit organizations must complete and submit the pre-application first. Those meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will then be sent the link to the full application for nonprofits. Any applications submitted by a nonprofit using the public entity application will not be reviewed or considered for funding. Applications are now closed.
  • How much funding is available for Infrastructure and Public Facilities projects?
    The total funding amount available for Infrastructure and Public Facilities projects is $45,000,000.
  • What is the maximum amount that my organization can request?
    There are no minimum or maximum funding amounts set for the Infrastructure and Public Facilities program. Projects will be considered based on eligibility criteria and overall cost reasonableness.
  • What is the process for selecting projects?
    Nonprofit organizations submitted their pre-application to determine initial eligibility. If deemed eligible, the Resilient SRQ team sent an invitation to complete the application. Public entities submitted an application. Applications are now closed. On Wednesday, May 22, the Sarasota County Commission convened at 1660 Ringling Blvd. to select projects for the Resilient SRQ Infrastructure and Public Facilities Program.
  • Can CDBG-DR funds be combined with other federal funds?
    Resilient SRQ funding supplements other Federal recovery assistance programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Resilient SRQ funds cannot duplicate funding available from federal, state, or local governments, private and non-profit organizations, insurance proceeds, or any other source of assistance.
  • Where can I find more information?
    Updates to the Program will be posted there regularly on our website.
  • What is Resilient SRQ?
    Resilient SRQ is a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, an allocation of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to rebuild disaster-impacted areas when a president declares a major disaster and there are significant unmet needs for long-term recovery in the community. Sarasota County received these funds to support the long-term recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian focusing on low- to moderate- income persons.
  • Where did these funds come from?
    Funding for Resilient SRQ comes from the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, an allocation directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist in the long-term recovery efforts of Hurricane Ian.
  • Who manages Resilient SRQ?
    Sarasota County is the grantee for the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Program is being managed by the Program Management Division in the Office of Financial Management at Sarasota County. You can contact the Program staff directly by emailing ResilientSRQ@scgov.net.
  • What are the requirements of Resilient SRQ?
    Resilient SRQ created projects and programs that addresses the unmet needs of Sarasota County residents following Hurricane Ian with a focus on low-to moderate- income persons. Resilient SRQ must meet requirements set by HUD including meeting a HUD national objective (listed below) and having a direct or indirect tie back to Hurricane Ian: Benefit low to moderate income persons Assist in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight Meet an urgent need In addition, 70 percent of funds must be used to benefit low- to moderate- income persons. Generally, programs fall into the following categories: housing, infrastructure, workforce development & training, and mitigation.
  • How do I apply to receive funding?
    Individual programs and projects will not begin until early to mid-2024 based on required from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Updates will be posted on the Program's webpage, www.ResilientSRQ.net.
  • What projects and programs will Resilient SRQ work on?
    The Infrastructure and Public Facilities program launched February 5, 2024, and closed March 18, 2024. Board of County Commission selected projects on May 22, 2024. Visit the Infrastructure and Public Facilities page for a list of approved projects. The Multifamily Affordable Housing program launched March 20, 2024, and closed May 1, 2024. Resilient SRQ staff is currently reviewing projects and will present to the Board of County Commission on July 10, 2024. The Workforce Development and Training program launched, May 15, 2024, and will close June 26, 2024. The Housing Recovery survey has a tentative launch date of mid-June 2024. Additional, programs are diligently being worked on my County staff. To receive updates, you can fill out the contact form. Funds will be used across Sarasota County with a primary focus on supporting low- to moderate- income persons.
  • How long does this process take?
    The Public Action Plan detailing how the County intends to spend the $201.5 million was sent to HUD in September 2023. HUD approved the Action Plan in November 2023. Following HUD’s approval, the County began designing and implementing the Projects and Programs outlined in the Public Action Plan.
  • What is the process for receiving funding?
    At this time, the County is not accepting applications for funding from the Housing Recovery program. When these Programs are developed and applications are accepted, the public will be notified and information will be posted on our website. The Infrastructure and Public Facilities program launched February 5, 2024, and closed March 18, 2024. Board of County Commission selected projects on May 22, 2024. Visit the Infrastructure and Public Facilities page for a list of approved projects. The Multifamily Affordable Housing program launched March 20, 2024, and closed May 1, 2024. Resilient SRQ staff is currently reviewing projects and will present to the Board of County Commission on July 10, 2024. The Workforce Development and Training program launched, May 15, 2024, and will close June 26, 2024. The Housing Recovery survey has a tentative launch date of mid-June 2024.
  • Where can I find more information?
    Updates to the Program will be posted regularly on our website.
  • What is a Public Action Plan and why does Sarasota County have to submit one?
    A Public Action Plan is an outline which states how allocated funds will be used to address housing, economic development, infrastructure, and mitigation programs. The Action Plan must also address how these programs serve an unmet need in the community. Prior to receiving the funds, HUD must approve how the County plans on using the funds. Public participation was strongly encouraged during the formation of the Public Action Plan and during a formal public comment period. HUD approved the Sarasota County Action Plan in November 2023.
  • Where can I go if I need assistance now?
    If you need assistance now, please visit Making an Impact or Suncoast 2-1-1 for a Sarasota County Community Resource Guide.
  • Can CDBG-DR funds be combined with other Federal assistance?
    Resilient SRQ funding supplements other Federal recovery assistance programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Resilient SRQ funds cannot duplicate funding available from federal, state, or local governments, private and non-profit organizations, insurance proceeds, or any other source of assistance.
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