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2019 Hurricane Irma NPS Subgrants

Grant Review and Ranking 

Hurricane Irma NPS Subgrants Overview

  • Funding for this program is provided by the National Park Service (NPS) pursuant to its Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria (HIM) Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) Grant Program, CFDA: 15.957. Public Law 115-123 appropriated $50 million from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for historic preservation projects providing relief to damages in areas that have received a major disaster declaration pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 USC 5121 et seq.) as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria which occurred in 2017. The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.
  • Pursuant to Grant Number P19AP00012, NPS awarded the Division of Historical Resources, Florida’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), $5,932,724 from the ESHPF, of which $4,959,699 million is available for subgrants for recovery, repair, and disaster mitigation activities directed at historic properties damaged during Hurricane Irma, incident period September 4, 2017-October 18, 2017.

Allowable Costs

The allowable costs for this grant program are specific to damage directly related to Hurricane Irma and include the following activities:

  • Recovery and repair of historic properties in areas that received a major disaster declaration pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.).
  • Survey and Inventory of historic resources to determine degree of damage and provide preparedness for future disasters (must meet NPS spatial data standards); ); or Phase I archaeological survey to determine degree of damage and Phase II testing to determine National Register eligibility of sites damaged by Hurricane Irma.
  • Projects must substantially mitigate the threat and include steps to mitigate future damage.
  • Regardless of project type, the following requirements must be met to receive HIM funding:
    • Eligible properties include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures and objects listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Eligible, but not listed, properties that receive funding must complete and submit a nomination to the National Register as part of the project.
    • Listed properties that receive funding must complete and submit an amendment to the current National Register listing.
    • All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.

Ineligible activities include:

  • Acquisition of real property.
  • Total or major reconstruction. Allowable reconstruction activities are limited to portions of a historic property that still retain (prior to reconstruction) sufficient significance and integrity to remain listed on the National Register, and for which adequate historical documentation is available.
  • For additional information on non-allowable costs for all grants awarded by the Division of Historical Resources, please refer to Section VIII. “Non-Allowable Expenses” of the Special Category Grants Guidelines.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible Applicant Organizations are either a public entity (non-federal) or an active nonprofit.

Project Types 

Types of historic preservation projects that can be funded include:

  • Development: Recovery and repair of historic properties in areas that received a major disaster declaration pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.). The causal relationship between the damage and Hurricane Irma must be documented and submitted with this application.
  • Survey: Survey and Inventory of historic properties to determine degree of damage and provide preparedness for future disasters (must meet NPS spatial data standards); or Phase I archaeological survey to determine degree of damage and Phase II testing to determine National Register eligibility of sites damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Application Limitations

An Applicant Organization may submit up to three (3) applications under this program, provided that applications do not address the same facility, project, property, or site.

Review Process

Division staff will conduct a technical review to determine project eligibility. Eligible applications will be reviewed by a five-member 2019 Hurricane Irma Subgrants Selection Committee appointed by the Florida Secretary of State. Applications selected for funding approval will be submitted to NPS for final review. Following final review and approval by NPS, all applicants will be notified in writing of the award decisions.

The committee’s recommendation to NPS will not result in any immediate subgrant award. The award will be subject to specific legislative appropriation by the 2019 Florida Legislature.

Award Amount and Match Requirements

Maximum award amount: $500,000

Match requirement: There is no match requirement for this subgrant program.

Additional Requirements

Subgrantees with projects involving development activities will also be required to execute a covenant, easement, or preservation agreement, as required for receipt of all funds from the HPF. The length of the covenant/easement/agreement depends on the amount of HPF funds invested into the project. Per the HPF Manual, the following are the amounts and time periods required by NPS:

  • $1 to $10,000: 5-year minimum preservation agreement. A covenant amending the deed is not required.
  • $10,001 to $ 25,000: 5-year minimum covenant recorded on the property deed.
  • $25,001 to $50,000: 10-year minimum covenant recorded on the property deed.
  • $50,001 to $100,000: 15-year minimum covenant recorded on the property deed.
  • $100,001 and above: 20-year minimum covenant recorded on the property deed.

Application Information

When applying for a grant from the Division of Historical Resources the following information should prove useful.

Contact Information

  • [email protected]
    850.245.6333 

    Physical Address
  • Division of Historical Resources
    A. Gray Building, 3rd Floor
    500 S. Bronough Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

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