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Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, School Districts, and IHEs for Historic and Archaeological Conservation Projects

Special Category Grant


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Funding Source
Florida Department of State - Division of Historical Resources (DHR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations, agencies, school districts, and institutions of higher education for projects to conserve the state's historical and archaeological resources. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Eligible project categories include acquisition, development, archeology research, and museum exhibits.

Types of historic preservation projects that can be funded include:

  • Development projects with the mission of Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation, or Reconstruction of historic properties regularly open to the public, and site-specific planning required for these activities such as structural or condition assessment reports. Development activities on historic Religious Properties shall be limited to building exterior envelope, excluding accessibility upgrades, and structural elements of the building. State-funded Development activities for historic cemeteries shall be limited to work on stabilizing, cleaning and repairing historic gravemarkers and other funerary items, repairing historic fences or structures within the cemetery, and installing minimal security lighting;
  • Archaeology Research projects for all phases of terrestrial and underwater fieldwork, analyses of findings and write-up, or to conduct collection research at established federal, state or public institutions;
  • Museum Exhibit projects to aid Florida history museums in exhibit work, including research of exhibit content, exhibit design, fabrication and installation. Exhibits must be permanently affixed to the building. 
  • Acquisition of a single Historic Property or archaeological site, or group of Historic Properties or archaeological sites, in which all the resources have the same owner. For archaeological sites, an exception to the single owner provision may be made if the archaeological site extends on land that is contiguous, but owned by different property owners.

For information regarding allowable expenses, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant Eligibility: Public entities such as counties or municipalities, school districts, state colleges or universities, agencies of state government and non-profit organizations are eligible Applicant Organizations.

To meet the legal status requirement, an Applicant Organization must be either a public entity or an active Florida nonprofit, tax exempt corporation as of the application deadline in accordance with section 267.0617(2), Florida Statutes.

Applicants must not have multiple active Special Category projects under contract at one time.

For Museum Exhibit projects, Applicant Organizations must be a governmental or non-profit Florida history museum established permanently in Florida, promoting and encouraging knowledge and appreciation of Florida history through the collection, presentation, exhibition, and interpretation of artifacts and other historical items related to Florida. The mission of the museum must relate directly to the history of Florida.

For additional eligibility requirements, see

For application restrictions, see

The program does not fund operational support for historic preservation organizations.

For non-allowable expenses, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
“How to Apply” webinars will be held on April 5 and 12, 2023. These webinars will provide useful information to possible applicants on applying for historic preservation Small Matching and Special Category grants for the FY2025 Historic Preservation Grant Cycle, including how to access the grant application online, basic grant program information, content of the grant application, and the application review process. Additional information, including how to register for these webinars, can be found in the DHR calendar on the “Upcoming Events” page:

Pre-Application Information
- March: Announcement of application availability on Division website and via email.
- April 1 - June 1: Application submission period. Division staff assistance and consultation available to applicants.
- June 1: Applications due. Applications must be submitted on the DOS Grants System at on or before this date. The application form must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 pm ET on the application deadline.
- June – September: Application review period and review meeting
- July 1 (Year of Appropriation): Notification of Grant Award and grant details forms available.
- September 30: Encumbrance of Funds deadline.

For a complete timeline, see:

- All applicants must provide a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number. This is an identification number required for doing business with the Federal Government. If you do not already have a UEI number, your organization can request a one at
- All applicants must provide a copy of the Substitute W-9 with the grant application. This can be found at

All Applicant Organizations must provide one dollar in cash or In-kind Contributions (donated goods, property, or services) for every dollar requested from the Division. For exemptions, see

Additional Information:


For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
Special Category Grants may provide a maximum grant award amount of $500,000. There is no minimum request amount.

Term of Contract
All proposed activity must take place within a 24-month Grant Period.
1. The grant period start date is July 1 of the state fiscal year in which requested grant funding is appropriated by the Florida Legislature.
2. The grant period end date is June 30 of the state fiscal year following the fiscal year in which requested grant funding is appropriated by the Florida Legislature, unless an end date extension is approved by the Division and a written contract extension is executed by both parties prior to the original end date of the Grant Award Agreement.

Contact Information
Apply Online (from April 1):

For assistance and information:
Eric Case
Supervisor, Historic Preservation Grants Program

DHR Grants Staff
Historic Preservation Grants Specialists

Florida Department of State
Division of Historical Resources
Historic Preservation Grants Program
R. A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

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