Office of Criminal Justice Grants

Local Firearm Safety Training Program (LFSTP)
Chapter 2023-18, Section 37, Laws of Florida establishes the LFSTP to provide support to local law enforcement agencies for initiatives designed to deliver firearms safety training to the public. Awards under this program will not exceed $75,000 each. 

Special consideration for applications under this program is provided to local law enforcement agencies located in one of Florida's fiscally constrained counties, as provided in Section 218.67, Florida Statutes
Allowable and Restricted Expenses

State funds provided under this program may be used for:

  • Overtime (and related benefits) for conducting training
  • Printed training materials
  • Presentation equipment and supplies
  • Firearm training equipment (simulator guns, etc.)
  • Range day equipment and supplies
  • Virtual reality training equipment and supplies
  • Firearm instructor training (cost of class and travel for the class)

State funds may not be used to support the following:

  • Trinkets and giveaways
  • Participant uniforms
  • Construction/remodels
  • Food and beverage
  • Regular salaries/positions
  • Transportation and travel costs for participants
Funding Process

Applications under this program are awarded based on a competitive process. The selection panel reviews applications using pre-defined criteria provided in the solicitation. Recipients selected for award will receive a Financial Assistance Agreement for execution.

Reimbursement Process

Upon execution of the Financial Assistance Agreement, Recipients are able to request reimbursement for eligible expenses in their approved budget. The steps for this process are described below: 

1. Recipient prepares an LFSTP Payment Request Form (Excel).

2. Recipient gathers all required supporting documentation by budget category.
  • Personnel/Fringe Benefits: (a) copy of timesheet that includes member name, date, and case worked; (b) pay stub reflecting the overtime and rate of pay that correlates to the submitted claim; and (c) if requesting benefits, the pay stub must reflect the amount of FICA/retirement (or other benefits) paid by the recipient organization, not the member deduction. 
  • Travel/Training:  (a) copy of training agenda; (b) completed State of Florida travel voucher;  and (c) receipts for hotel, parking, registration, airfare, rental car, etc. Food receipts are not required. Travel will be reimbursed in accordance with State of Florida Travel Guidelines in Section 112.061, Florida Statutes. Mileage claimed must include a printed map showing the total miles between destinations.
  • Equipment, Supplies, Consultants/Contracts, Other Costs: (a) procurement documentation (quotes, bides, etc.); (b) purchase orders; (c) invoices; and (d) cancelled checks or bank/credit card statements.
3. Recipient prepares and submits detailed performance report. 

4. Recipient submits request form, documentation, and performance report to for review and approval.

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