Historic Preservation and Historical Museum Special Category Grants are available through the Florida Department of State, Office of Cultural and Historical Programs. State agencies, state universities, local governments, and non-profit organizations can submit grant applications between April 1 and May 31, 2007.
The purpose of these grants is "To assist major archaeological excavations, large restoration projects at historic structures, and major museum exhibit projects involving the development and presentation of information on the history of Florida."
Grant amounts range from $50,000 to $350,000. Submitting organizations must be able to demonstrate significant local cost share over past years, and commit to a minimum $50,000 match.
Applications will be reviewed by the Florida Historical Commission in September, with top applicants recommended for funding by the state legislature. In 2006, 53 grants were recommended for funding in 2008, for a total of nearly $15 million.
The #1 ranked project was the Town of Fort Myers Beach's Mound House Shell Mound Exhibit. Other high ranking projects were:
the Escambia County Courthouse
the Centro Asturiano in Tampa
the Harry S. Truman Little White House in Key West
the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College
the 1919 Lake Wales School