Doing Business with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Thank you for your interest in doing business with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. It is our intent to select the best-qualified firms and agencies to provide the services necessary to meet our responsibilities under the Interlocal Agreement. The TBEP Policy Board supports equity in procurement practices and solicits from businesses or other organizations owned or certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) whenever possible. We procure goods and services in a transparent, fair, and ethical way that encourages competition and is consistent with applicable laws, policies and procedures.

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Procurement Thresholds

Pursuant to Chapter 287.057(3)(e), Florida Statutes,  contractual services provided by governmental agencies (including state universities), single source, artistic services, auditing services, legal services, and educational events offered to the public can be excluded from the competitve bidding process. Unless otherwise exempt, the following thresholds apply:


Threshold Solicitation Requirement
$20,000 or less One to three written quotes
Greater than $35,000 Formal competitive procurement requiring public advertisement and a sealed response

Solicitation Types

Request for Quotes (RFQ)

  • Informal solicitation
  • Clearly defined smaller purchases of goods or services up to $100,000
  • Response may be submitted via email

Request for Bid (RFB)

  • Formal solicitation, also known as an “invitation to bid”
  • Call to contractors to submit a bid on a project for a specific good or service
  • Generally awarded to the lowest bidder

Request for Proposal (RFP)

  • Formal solicitation that is evaluated based on multiple criteria by a committee
  •  May provide for negotiation of terms before award
  • Price is not the primary evaluation factor

Request for Qualifications (RFQu)

  • Formal solicitation for architectural, engineering, landscape architectural, surveying, mapping and construction management services in accordance with FL Statute 287.055

Note: Price is not a factor in selection of the most qualified firm.

Invitation to Negotiate (ITN)

  • Formal solicitation that is a hybrid of the RFP and RFQu
  • Allows for refining of general scope through negotiation process
  • Factors other than price are considered

Payment Information

Vendors must receive authorization (in the form of a purchase order, contract agreement, or intergovernmental agreement) before starting work. TBEP’s preferred payment method is manual check.


Vendors must be registered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system as required by Florida Statute 488.095. To register, log on to

Vendor Registration

Contact to provide information required to comply with federal income tax laws, such as an IRS W-9 Form. 

Active Solicitations

Tampa Bay Regional Stormwater Controls Identification & Implementation Project

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) is soliciting proposals for the Tampa Bay Regional Stormwater Controls Identification and Implementation project. The anticipated project duration is 3 years and will be conducted over three phases: 1) Regional Stormwater Controls Identification, 2) Design and Permitting, and 3) Priority Project Implementation. Up to $1.5 million has been made available for Phases 1 and 2 of the project. Up to $8 million in additional funding may be available for implementing Phase 3 of the project, contingent upon approval by FDEP and the RESTORE Council. Questions must be submitted by August 16, 2024. Proposals are due September 20, 2024.

2025 Bay Mini-Grants

Bay Mini-Grants are competitive awards that fund environmental restoration and education projects in the Tampa Bay watershed with a focus on community-led initiatives. This funding program stimulates environmental stewardship and science literacy among those who live, work, and play around Tampa Bay.

The maximum award is $5,000 per project. Schools, governments, nonprofits, and businesses are eligible to apply. The current application period will close on September 13, 2024.

If you have an idea for a project and you’re looking for help turning it into a competitive application, contact Jessica Lewis or submit a project concept for feedback at any time.

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