Restoration & Preservation Grants and Application Process
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.
Grant Application Deadlines
Completed applications MUST be submitted to Grants@FloridaLighthouses.org
(These dates are based on the plans for upcoming Board meeting dates ~ please check back for updated information.)
GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
Please complete the unified grant application. The grants committee will decide which fund is most appropriate.
FLA awards two types of grants
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.
Gene Oakes served as past President of FLA, loved lighthouses and was a fervent believer in the lighthouse specialty tag as a means of producing the income necessary for the restoration and maintenance of lighthouses in Florida.
TOM TAYLOR KEEPERS GRANT FUND (General Fund Grants)
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.
Tom Taylor served as past President and one of founders of FLA. Tom also helped create the vision of an organization dedicated to the preservation of the remaining lighthouses in Florida, which became the FLA.
FLA DOES NOT FUND
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.
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
APPROVED GRANT REQUIREMENTS
Grantees will be presented with a check at the Membership Meeting following the grant approval. At that time the Grantee will be asked to sign the
In addition the Grant Chair will provide Grantees with a photo of the check presentation, and the FLA logo. Grantees are asked to publicize their grant using the following ~
Florida Lighthouse Grant Project Outcomes Report
The Project Outcomes Report must be submitted to your Lighthouse District Commissioner with a copy sent to the FLA office 60 days after close of the project for which money is granted, or 12 months after receiving the grant check, whichever comes first.
FOR PROJECTS UNDER 12 MONTHS IN DURATION: Submit a Project Outcomes Report (POR) and attach documentation stating the funding was used for the purposes requested.
PROJECTS THAT REQUIRE A TIME FRAME IN EXCESS OF 12 MONTHS WILL REQUIRE SPECIAL APPROVAL AS PART OF THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS. IF YOUR PROJECT HAS RECEIVED SPECIAL APPROVAL FOR A TIME FRAME THAT IS LONGER THAN 12 MONTHS: Submit a Project Outcomes Report (POR) at the end of each 12-month period for work completed in that year.
SUCCESS STORIES ~ GRANTS IN ACTIONCedar Key Lighthouse Repair and Repainting
Cape St George Keepers Museum Exhibit - Audio Visual
Florida Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Cape St. George Lighthouse
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Contact FLA’s Vice President for Grants at Grants@FloridaLightHouses.org