Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1312 By Senator Bradley 5-01783-21 20211312__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a zoological and aquarium grant 3 program; creating s. 288.1259, F.S.; authorizing the 4 Department of Economic Opportunity to establish a 5 grant program for the support of zoos and aquariums 6 located within the state; providing eligibility 7 requirements; authorizing the use of grant funds for 8 certain purposes; requiring the department to adopt 9 rules; providing that the department has final grant 10 approval authority; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 288.1259, Florida Statutes, is created 15 to read: 16 288.1259 Zoological and aquarium grant program.— 17 (1) The department is authorized to establish a grant 18 program for the support of zoos and aquariums located within the 19 state. To be eligible for grant funding under this section, the 20 facility must be accredited by the Association of Zoos and 21 Aquariums. Grant funds awarded to a facility may be used for 22 capital expenditures, operational support, and educational, 23 conservation, and research initiatives. 24 (2) The department shall adopt rules establishing grant 25 application requirements, a timeline for submission of grant 26 applications, a timeline for announcement of awards, and any 27 procedures necessary for the prudent administration of the grant 28 program. 29 (3) The department has final approval authority for grants 30 made under this section. 31 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.