Hurricane Florence Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Grants
Grant applications due by 5:00 pm July 30, 2020.
Grants will be awarded in the Fall of 2020.
Successful applications should plan on grant-funded activity not beginning before December 1, 2020.
South Carolina has been awarded a Hurricanes Florence, Yutu, and Michael Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service (NPS). This emergency grant will assist with the repair of damage to historic properties in South Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence (September 2018) by reimbursing documented costs of approved repairs and related efforts. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History will manage the grant program for the State of South Carolina through an application process. Owners of historic buildings, structures, objects, and archeological sites in counties designated for Public Assistance (Berkeley, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lancaster, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are eligible to apply for this NPS emergency grant funding. The program has approximately $1.155 million for repair and survey efforts.
Any individual, corporation, local or state government entity, non-profit organization, or institution in South Carolina may apply for this grant.
For this grant, “historic properties” are those that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or eligible for listing as determined by the SHPO with concurrence by NPS.
Grant funds are to be used to help pay for repairs to National Register-listed or National Register-eligible buildings damaged by Hurricane Florence. Examples of eligible projects include replacing a leaking roof, repairing the structural framework of a building, and repairing deteriorated doors and windows to make a building watertight. Projects that are NOT eligible include routine building maintenance, climate control systems, plumbing or electrical, repairs to cemetery grave markers, and routine cemetery maintenance. Interior work is not eligible unless it is structural or otherwise repairs historic materials or finishes. All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Stabilization projects require a preservation covenant agreement of up to 20 years be recorded with the property deed.
Eligible projects also include city or county-wide surveys to identify and record historic buildings that were damaged by Hurricane Florence. Projects that involve rescue of archaeological resources directly effected by Hurricane Florence are also eligible. Local governments may also apply for funds to help prepare disaster management plans.
Applications should include complete “bid-ready” plans and specifications prepared by an appropriate design professional if available. Applicants may include the cost of hiring an appropriate design professional to prepare “bid-ready” plans and specifications in their grant-supported budget. Applicants may include design fees in their grant-supported budget but these fees must be limited to a maximum of 25% of the total grant request. Applicants must wait until after a grant is awarded and a funding agreement is in place before conducting a competitive selection process for hiring appropriate design professionals and/or contractors.
Local governments may also apply for funding to assist with municipal or county surveys to identify and record historic properties and resources damaged by Hurricane Florence.
Match and reimbursement
There is no match requirement for this grant. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History will reimburse grantees after it approves the project work and receives appropriate documentation of expenditures. The availability of matching funds will not be considered a competitive factor in the evaluation of applications.
Total amount available is $1,155,000.
The minimum allowed grant request is $10,000. The maximum allowed grant request is $250,000.
The SHPO reserves the right to limit amounts awarded in order to support the greatest number of eligible projects.
Project work must be carried out by professionals and will be subject to review and approval by the SHPO. All work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation and SHPO's guidelines and standards. You cannot be reimbursed retroactively for work completed prior to the grant award.
All grant recipients must follow required procurement procedures when hiring professional services. Procurement may not take place until after a grant has been awarded, a funding agreement has been signed, and the SHPO has given approval to proceed. All grant-funded work must be approved and completed not later than September 30, 2023. No extensions will be granted beyond this date.