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.
We are requesting letters of intent from Florida Lighthouses who intend to apply for grants in 2023. This will help the FLA plan grant expenses and help better understand the preservation needs of the historic lighthouses in Florida. You can download the pdf fillable Letter of of Intent (LOI) here. Please submit any questions and a completed LOI to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for all you do to keep our lights shining!
Please complete the unified grant application. The grants committee will decide which fund is most appropriate.
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.
HIB CASSELBERRY GRANT (License Plate “Protection via Education” Grants)
To support the protection of Florida’s historic lighthouses via education, FLA may designate a portion of license plate funds for educational projects that meet certain criteria. This grant may only be used for the fabrication of new permanent interpretive signage (indoor or outdoor) or other permanent physical exhibits. Research, design, and installation of the signage/exhibit shall be funded by other sources. Eligible signage/exhibit shall principally interpret the history of the lighthouse. FLA strongly prefers that the signage/exhibit be located at a historic Florida light station, but will consider off-site placement under reasonable circumstances, such as off-shore lighthouses. Matching funds are strongly preferred.
Hib Casselberry served on the board of the FLA and was a champion for education and sharing the history of lighthouses in Florida.
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 KEEPERS GRANT FUND (General Fund Grants)
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
Cedar 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