Special Category Grants
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.
Grant cycle will open on May 1, 2015 and close on June 30, 2015
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. The Commission first rates the applications as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. The "poor" projects are eliminated from further consideration, while the rest are then ranked in numerical order with #1 being the highest priority for funding.
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.
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
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 RequestContract Amendment Form (doc)
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
- Restrictive Covenant - grant recipient is NOT owner (pdf)
- Restrictive Covenant - grant recipient is NOT owner (doc)
All development projects are required to provide photographic documentation of the restoration activity.
- 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.
- 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 you user ID and you password. A copy of your Substitute Form W9 should come up, print a copy. Provide a printed copy of the Substitute Form W9 to DHR with you 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 and once completed send us a copy of the Substitute Form W9
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.