The Florida Lighthouse Association’s (FLA) mission is to safeguard Florida’s remaining lighthouses for future generations by supporting community based restoration, preservation and education efforts.
Florida’s maritime heritage is central to understanding Florida’s culture and way of life. Lighthouses played a critical role in Florida’s history; making it possible to explore, settle and develop Florida by using its 1350 miles of coastline. They are too important to be destroyed by neglect.
The Board of Directors of the Florida Lighthouse Association recognizes 29 historic lighthouses in Florida, out of the original 62 identified structures. Priority is given to funding grants for preservation and restoration of these 29 light stations. A 2002 study done by the State of Florida estimates that it will take just over $20 million dollars to preserve these towers. FLA funds projects by local organizations, which protect, restore and save Florida’s existing lighthouses, major unmanned aides to navigation, extant light stations, associated outbuildings and lenses.
GENE OAKES LIGHTHOUSE GRANT FUND (License Plate Grants)Funds are awarded to official lighthouse towers, lighthouse stations and unmanned aids to navigation and are restricted to historic preservation, as well as bricks and mortar restorations. Projects must restore or protect lighthouse towers, lighthouse keeper’s houses, out buildings, barracks buildings or other structures associated with a lighthouse station. Priority is given to lighthouse towers. FLA may also fund projects that provide official plans or architectural drawings for lighthouse towers. FLA may also fund bricks and mortar projects, supplies for historic preservation projects, or significant maintenance projects on previously restored structures. In rare cases, we may fund Fresnel lens restoration or re-lighting projects for extant and recognized lighthouses. Projects for lenses in museum galleries or the replication of faux lenses should use the General Fund Grant application.
FLA provides grants from the general fund for worthy projects that are not eligible for license plate grants. Some examples include: bricks and mortar projects, educational projects about lighthouses, signage of a historic nature (verbiage and or images tied to area lighthouse), lenses, promotion of events that involve multiple lighthouses, etc.
FLA does not fund faux lighthouses, decorative, residential, religious or commercial buildings built to resemble lighthouses. FLA does not fund the restoration of buoys, minor aids or other associated maritime structures, nor museum or tourism operations. FLA does not provide funds for general operating support, interpretive plans, endowment funds, special events for individual lighthouses, functions or fundraisers for lighthouse groups.Matching Funds
While matching gifts are not required FLA prefers that its grant funds be used to attract additional funding for grantee’s project.Criteria and Scoring
The Grants committee uses the following criteria to score and set funding priorities ~
Critical nature of this project overall
Urgency of project
Importance of project to physical structure
Importance of project to preservation
Importance of project to restoration
Historical value of this project
Ability to attract matching funds
Ability to attend final meeting
Ability to make presentation at meeting
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Contact FLA’s Vice President for Grants at Grants@FloridaLightHouses.org