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The first thing to do is to create a non-profit corporation in Florida via the Secretary of State's office. That will give you non-profit status from the state.....but you will also have to apply to the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit (you'd need an accountant for that).
Once you get set up, you can seek out the assistance of a grant writer, such as this one: http://www.agwa.us , to try and find grants that your endeavor would fit in.