$1.2 million grant awarded for various Florida military installation projects

The Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program on Monday awarded $1.25 million to help along five military installation projects across the state.

The grant winners include the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners, Clay County Development Authority, Polk County Board of County Commissioners, Orlando Economic Partnership and the South Florida Progress Foundation. The funding will be used for various community support and growth projects at several Florida military installations.

“These grant awards demonstrate the state of Florida’s commitment to our defense communities,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “Florida continues to be the most military-friendly state in the country and supporting service members and their families is an honor and responsibility we hold high.”

In Santa Rosa County, $70,000 was awarded to develop a Career Academy Outreach for Military Children. The program is intended to share and foster career and technical education opportunities for military families.

“Santa Rosa County seeks out every opportunity to support the military mission at NAS Whiting Field as well as military installations in neighboring counties, which have a profound impact on our community,” said  Santa Rosa County Board Commissioner Down Salter. “We are most appreciative of grant funding to allow us to enhance the

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