Section 265.708, Florida Statutes 2008
265.708 Historical Museum Grants.--
(1) The division may conduct a program to provide:
(a) Grants, including matching grants, to a department or agency of the state; a unit of county, municipal, or other local government; or a public or private nonprofit corporation, partnership, or other organization to assist in the development of public educational exhibits relating to the historical resources of Florida; and
(b) Grants to Florida history museums that are not state-operated to assist such museums in paying for operating costs.
(2) In order to be eligible to receive a grant to assist in paying operating costs, a Florida history museum must fulfill the following criteria:
(a) The mission of the museum must relate directly and primarily to the history of Florida. If the museum has more than one mission, the museum is eligible to receive a grant for that portion of the operating costs which is reasonably attributable to its mission relating to the history of Florida;
(b) The museum must have been operating and open to the public for at least 180 days each year during the 2-year period immediately preceding the date upon which the museum applies for the grant;
(c) The museum must be open and providing museum services to the public for at least 180 days each year; and
(d) The museum must currently employ, and must have employed during the 2-year period immediately preceding the date upon which the museum applies for the grant, at least one full-time staff member or the equivalent thereof whose primary responsibility is to acquire, maintain, and exhibit to the public objects that are owned by, or are on loan to, the museum.
(3) The division shall adopt rules prescribing categories of grants, application requirements, criteria and procedures for the review and evaluation of applications, and other procedures necessary for the administration of the program, subject to the requirements of this section. Grant review panels appointed by the Secretary of State shall review each application for a museum grant-in-aid. The review panel shall submit to the Secretary of State for approval lists of all applications that are recommended by the panel for the award of grants, arranged in order of priority. The division may award a grant to a Florida history museum only if the award has been approved by the Secretary of State.
(4) Grants may not be awarded to a private for-profit museum or used to pay the cost of locating, identifying, evaluating, acquiring, preserving, protecting, restoring, rehabilitating, stabilizing, or excavating an archaeological or historic site or a historic building or the planning of any of those activities.
(5) The division may grant moneys quarterly to history museums in advance of an exhibit or program for which the moneys are granted.
History.--s. 5, ch. 89-359; s. 11, ch. 96-418; s. 8, ch. 2001-199; s. 16, ch. 2005-207; s. 29, ch. 2006-1; s. 7, ch. 2008-199.
Note.--Former s. 267.072(2); s. 267.0619.