Applications for City Funding

Once a year, the City of DeFuniak Springs, FL accepts applications for funding from local nonprofit organizations and/or waivers for facility fees as the city council begins to formulate a budget for the following fiscal year which begins October 1.  Here are useful documents in PDF to download and review/use regarding this year’s grant cycle:

2020 Applications: 

  • Deadline for submission:  June 15, 2020, 5pm CST.
  • Deliver or Mail To:  City Manager Mell Smigielski, City Hall, 71 U.S. Highway 90 West, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32433.

Eligible nonprofit organizations:

  • 501(c)3 nonprofit status
  • Must orchestrate programs or events promoting the city as a destination for business, industry, residency, culture and recreation;
  • Keep citizens of the City safe and healthy;
  • promote the cultural heritage and quality of life for citizens;
  • encourage economic development of the community.

What to apply for:

  • funding
  • free use of facilities (aka facility waiver fees)

Average Amount Awarded in 2019:  

  • $3,728

How to Apply:

  • Complete the City Grant Application Form.  Follow all instructions on the form regarding any additional documents which need to be submitted with the form.
  • Mail or deliver original and 11 copies to: City Manager Mell Smigielski, City Hall, 71 US Highway 90 West, DeFuniak Springs, Florida  32433.
  • If hand-delivering, please call City Hall first to arrange for city staff member to arrange to accept your application since access into City Hall is limited due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Must receive hard copies by June 15, 2020, 5pm (Central Time Zone).
  • Questions?  Call City Manager Mell Smigielski at (850) 892-8500 or email him at

Special Note:

  • This budget year will be more difficult than normal due to the unknown damage to our finances related to COVID-19 virus.  It is unclear at this time whether the City will be in a position to make any grant awards, but leaders must receive applications now to determine organizations’ needs and later see in the coming weeks and months if funding is available.  The City’s fiscal year begins October 1.