University of West Florida & The Florida SBDC State Office Intent for Application Announcement

The University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Small Business Development Center State Office (State Office), collectively referred to as the “Grantor,” are excited to announce that the 2025 Florida SBDC Network Application for Funding is anticipated to open June 10, 2024, and will close on August 30, 2024. Applications are open only to current Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in the Florida SBDC Network (FSBDCN or “Network”). To be considered for participation, applicants must follow the process outlined below.

Commencing for the 2025 SBDC program year, the network will introduce a new application process for regional SBDC host applicants. Key requirements of this process include:

  • Submission of a letter of intent to apply by April 12, 2024, indicating the current host institution will participate in the 2025 sub-contract agreement.
  • Review and acknowledgment of the network's supplemental documents, including but not limited to Conflict of Interest, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and branding guidelines.
  • Completion of the required application by COB May 17, 2024.
  • Once application is reviewed and the SBA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is released, a request for funding will be released for host institution completion with projected budget.
  • Attendance at mandatory meetings such as the kick-off meeting, host council calls, and continuous improvement plan sessions.

The authority governing the SBDC program in Florida includes the following:

  • 15 U.S.C. §§648, et seq.
  • 13 CFR Part 130
  • 2 CFR Part 200
  • 2 CFR Part 215
  • Section 288.001, Florida Statutes

Where there are any conflicts, the precedence is as follows: federal law, state law, FSBDCN documents.

For further information please send your questions to FSBDCStateDirector@uwf.edu. All questions will be posted and answered publicly below:

A: The cash match from the host institution is the same as in previous years. The required match is a 1:1 ratio of the federal dollars received. So yes, the host at minimum must match 50% with cash and the remainder be in the form of additional cash or in-kind contributions, and/or waived indirect. State performance funds cannot be used as match to federal dollars received.