Special Category Grants
The Special Category Grant Application Cycle is scheduled to open on May 2, 2016.
About Special Category Grants
Special Category Grants grants are awarded annually to assist in: acquisition of historic properties or archaeological sites; development activities such as restoration, rehabilitation, preservation, and structural analysis; stabilization of historic and archaeological properties; archaeological work such as research, field investigation, analysis, and publication of findings; and museum exhibit projects such as those involving research, exhibit design, and fabrication and installation.
The Historic Preservation Grants Program utilizes an online grant application system. Grant applications are posted at apply.flheritage.com during announced grant solicitation periods. Applications from previous solicitation periods are available (for information only) at this site as well. Hard copy applications are available upon request.
An applicant of the same organization shall have no more than one Special Category grant open at the time of application. Applications from applicants with more than one open Special Category Grant shall de declared ineligible and the applicant will be notified.
The purpose of Special Category grant funding is to assist major site-specific archaeological excavations, the major restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings or structures, and major museum exhibits involving the development and presentation of information on the history of Florida.
Types of Projects
Types of projects eligible for Special Category funding include the acquisition of historic property, the moving of a historic building or structure that is under threat of demolition or destruction due to natural causes, the rehabilitation of a historic building or property, and major archaeological investigations of a site or closely related sites. Exhibit projects may include the design, fabrication and installation of museum furniture and equipment and the production of exhibit related media.
Eligible applicants include state agencies, universities, local governments and units of local governments, as well as non-profit organizations.
Applicants may have no more than one (1) previously awarded Special Category Grant open at the time of application. Applications from applicants with more than one open Special Category Grant shall be declared ineligible and such applications shall be returned to the applicant.
An applicant from the same organization may not submit more than one Special Category Grant application under a single application deadline. State, county or city governments, or universities may submit single applications from more than one division or department during any grant cycle provided that those divisions or departments are separate and distinct budgetary units and provided that the applications do not address the same facility, project, or site.
The 2018 Special Category Grant Application Cycle is scheduled to open on May 2, 2016.
Special Category grant applications are evaluated at a public meeting in the fall by the Florida Historical Commission (FHC). The applications are evaluated, on a competitive basis, on historic significance, endangerment, appropriateness of the preservation treatment proposed, administrative capability of the organization, adequacy of technical and financial resources, educational potential, economic benefits, and public good resulting from the project.
Grant Award / Requirements for Match
Special Category grants provide assistance between $50,000 and $500,000. The grantee is required to provide a matching share of either $50,000 or 50% of the award request, whichever is the higher amount. The match may be any combination of in-kind services, volunteer labor, donated materials and travel, plus cash-on-hand which must constitute a minimum of 25% of the total match.
Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI)
Under the REDI initiative, certain rural or economically distressed counties or communities are designated as REDI qualified pursuant to Section 288.0656, Florida Statutes. This qualification permits a decrease in match for REDI applicants down to 10% of the grant award.
Information about counties and communities eligible for decreased financial match may be found on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's REDI webpage.
If your county or community is REDI designated and you would like to request a decrease in match, please check the appropriate box on the grant application.
Special Category Grant Application Information
- Special Category Grants Guidelines
- 2017 Special Category Grant Cycle Solicitation Notice
- Dropbox Guidelines for Submitting Required Grant Application Attachments
- How To Fill Out a Grant Application (pdf) This guide accompanies the upcoming webinars. All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of two webinars offered. Please register on our events page at this link.
Example of Application
Below is an example of a Special Category Application.
Information and Documents for Current Grantees
Managing your grant
Grant Funds Expenditure Log
Schedule of Contract Values
Contract Details Amendment Request
Single Audit Act
When a project is completed, the Grant Recipient is required is fill out the following document.
- Restrictive Covenant- grant recipient is owner (pdf)
- Restrictive Covenant- grant recipient is owner (doc)
Restrictive Covenant - For projects where the grant recipient is not the owner of the project site
Documents for Survey Projects
All development projects are required to provide photographic documentation of the restoration activity.
Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation (36 C.F.R. 68)
- Professional Qualification Standards (48 FR 44716, September 29, 1983)
- Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation (as amended and annotated by the National Park Service)
- Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, 1995
State of Florida Archaeological Reports Standards and Guidelines
You can choose to use electronic funds transfer (EFT) to receive your grant payments.
- If EFT has already been set up with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) for your organization, you do not need to submit another form.
- To download this form visit the Direct Deposit sign-up on the DFS website.
Substitute W9 Form
- If you already have a current active Substitute Form W9, you can print out a copy of the form by going to the DFS website. Sign in using your user ID and your password to obtain a copy of your Substitute Form W9. Provide a copy of the Substitute Form W9 to DHR with your executed Grant Award Agreement.
- If you have not completed a Substitute Form W9, go to the DFS website and fill out a Substitute Form W9. Provide a copy of the Substitute Form W9 to DHR with your executed Grant Award Agreement.
Minimum Wage for determining in-kind volunteer match.
For state projects as of January 1, 2015 the Florida's minimum wage is now $8.05 an hour.