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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.

Application Limitations

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.

Application Period

The next grant cycle will open again in Spring 2016

Review Process

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.

Special Category Grant Application Information

Example of Application

Below is an example of a Special Category Application

Application Form

Information and Documents for Current Grantees

Managing your grant

Review: Webinar: How to Manage your Grant (download recording)

Progress Reports

Grant Funds Expenditure Log

Schedule of Contract Values

Schedule of Contract Values Form (xls)

Contract Details Amendment Request

Contract Amendment Form (doc)

Single Audit Act

When a project is completed, the Grant Recipient is required is fill out the following document.

Florida Single Audit Act (doc)

Restrictive Covenant - For projects where the grant recipient is the owner of the project site

Restrictive Covenant - For projects where the grant recipient is not the owner of the project site

Documents for Survey Projects

Information for Project Identification Sign
Photograph Guideline

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)

State of Florida Archaeological Reports Standards and Guidelines

Electronic Payments

  • 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.

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 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.

For 2014 Special Category Grantees ONLY

Payment Request Forms

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For more information on the Grants Program, email us at or call 850.245.6333.