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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 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.

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 2018 Special Category Grant Application Cycle is scheduled to open on May 2, 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.

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

Example of Application

Below is an example of a Special Category Application.

Application Form

Information and Documents for Current Grantees

Managing your grant

Progress Reports

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 - 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.

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.

Sign up to receive grant information

A notice is sent to interested persons when grant cycles open. If you are not on our email list and wish to be placed on the list, please follow this link: Subscribe to the Grants Program Newsletter.  

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