The Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Public Health Dental Program (PHDP) announces the current availability of funding in the amount of $150,000 until exhausted. These funds are made available through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help increase the number of individuals with access to fluoridated water by supporting local efforts to purchase equipment and services necessary for the installation and repair of water fluoridation systems. Florida municipalities, county governments and not-for profit water system owners that have approved or authorized fluoridation of their water systems through a motion, resolution or ordinance are eligible to apply. There is no matching requirement for this funding. The three main categories of activities that may be funded are: new installations, replacement equipment, and second year fluoride additive costs. Allowable costs include the purchase of fluoridation equipment and supplies, installation services, limited engineering fees, and fluoride additive. A separate proposal request is required for second year additive costs. Funds are limited and awards are made based upon the receipt of an acceptable project proposal and the availability of funds. Approved applicants are required to enter into a written contractual agreement with the FDOH. The PHDP must approve all cost estimates for the project before entering into a written contractual agreement. A permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), approving installation of the fluoridation equipment, is required before fluoridation begins. Community Water Fluoridation programs are subject to routine monitoring by DEP or FDOH in compliance with Rule 62-555.325, F.A.C. To find out more about the grant program or to learn how to apply for funding please contact: FDOH, Public Health Dental Program, (850)245-4333.