Call to Action: Florida’s Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan is Up For Reveiw

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Many folks are familiar with comprehensive plans. Most communities guide their development and infrastructure planning based on information provided in these documents. But are you aware that the State of Florida has a comprehensive plan dedicated to the planning for historic preservation of our state’s cultural resources? As you can imagine, any comprehensive plan requires updating on a regular basis in order to reflect the most recent concerns and planning issues. The Florida Division of Historical Resources, within the Florida Department of State, is seeking public input for the latest update to the Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan. The Division Director, otherwise known as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) directs the Division of Historical Resources to cooperate with state, federal and local agencies and governments, as well as private organizations and individuals to conduct a comprehensive statewide survey of Florida’s historic resources, to maintain an inventory of these resources and to develop a statewide historic preservation plan.

The comprehensive plan provides guidance for the implementation of sound planning procedures for the location, identification, and protection of the state’s cultural resources. As part of this process, the state is requesting your input. You may attend one of the meetings that will be held around the state and you can also provide feedback by completing an online survey. The survey only takes approximately ten minutes and your input will contribute greatly towards preservation planning and protection of our state’s resources. This also ties in with the year-long Preservation 50 celebration, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act on October 15, 1966. comp plan meetings 001



Special Projects Grant Available Through the Daughters of the American Revolution

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FPAN North Central has just been made aware of a grant available through the Daughters of the American Revolution. This grant supports community projects relating to historic preservation, education and patriotism. The Special Grants Program is open to organizations determined by the IRS to be public charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They encourage grants of $1,000 to $2,000 but the maximum amount available to an organization is $10,000. Applicants are required to match the amount 1:1 to  maximize the funds distribution. However, you are allowed to use other grant funds as match. Projects funded through this grant must be completed within a year of initial funding. In order to be considered, the qualifying organization must submit a letter of intent to the Fort San Luis Chapter of the DAR, which is the local chapter in Tallahassee. This letter of intent is due on October 15 and should be emailed to The letter must include the entity’s name, lead person in charge of grant, contact information, intent to apply for the grand and affirmation that the applicant is a 501(c)(3)  public charity organization.

The grant application and requirements are available at Projects that are eligible for funding through this grant include historic building restoration, cemetery headstone conservation, historic marker erection, document preservation, veteran rehabilitation programs, support projects for veterans and their families, veteran’s memorials or monuments, military museum exhibits, literacy programs, historical books or displays, children’s mentoring programs and interactive exhibits. Please visit the DAR website for further information and to apply.