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2020 Hurricane Michael NPS Subgrants

Solicitation for Applications 

The Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources is soliciting applications for historic preservation projects providing relief to damages resulting from Hurricane Michael. The application submission period will close on August 31, 2020.

Applications, which may only be submitted in hard copy, must be received in-person by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020, or must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020. Incomplete applications and applications postmarked to our office after the deadline will not be considered. Six paper copies of the application and all required application Support Materials (one original and five duplicates) must be delivered by this deadline to the Division at:


Division of Historical Resources
Director’s Office
3rd Floor, R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

Hurricane Michael NPS Subgrants Overview

  • Funding for this program is provided by the National Park Service (NPS) pursuant to its Hurricanes Florence and Michael and Typhoon Yutu (FYM) Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) Grant Program, CFDA: 15.957. Public Law 116-20 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 Florence and Michael and Typhoon Yutu which occurred in 2018. 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 P20AP00013, NPS awarded the Division of Historical Resources, Florida’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), $10,200,000 from the ESHPF, of which $8,054,000 is available for subgrants for recovery, repair, and disaster mitigation activities directed at historic properties damaged during Hurricane Michael, incident period October 7, 2018-October 19, 2018.

Allowable Costs

The allowable costs for this grant program are specific to damage directly related to Hurricane Michael 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 Michael.
  • Projects must substantially mitigate threat and include steps to mitigate future damage.
  • Regardless of project type, the following requirements must be met to receive FYM 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.
  • Eligible properties must be within the following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible Applicant Organizations are either a public entity (non-federal) or an active Florida nonprofit or 501(c)(3).

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 Michael must be documented and submitted with this application. May also include projects that substantially mitigate threat and future damage. Mitigation must be tied to the type(s) of damage to historical/archaeological resource that was caused by Hurricane Michael.

 

  • 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 Michael.

 

Application Limitations

An Applicant Organization may submit three (3) applications under this program. State agencies, county or city governments, or universities may submit single applications from more than one division or department under a single application cycle provided that those divisions or departments are separate and distinct budgetary units, and 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 2020 Hurricane Michael 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.

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
    R.A. Gray Building, 3rd Floor
    500 S. Bronough Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250