Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Governor signs off on increased grants for culture and historic preservation

Most state cultural and historic preservation grants survived Gov. Ron DeSantis’ veto pen in the nearly $91 billion budget he signed on Friday. Cultural grants that passed the Division of Cultural Affairs screening process will receive about $21.25 million in 2019-20. That’s a significant bump from the $2.65 million allocated last budget year. Historic preservation grants approved by the Division of Historical Resources will get about $7.2 million. That’s up from $4.5 million last year.

“This is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of cultural advocates, board members, donors and staff people,” said Dave Lawrence, president and chief executive officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “This kind of increase doesn’t come easily.”

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Cultural and historic preservation groups might see state grants go up next year

Cultural and historic preservation groups fared much better in the $91.1 billion budget state legislators approved May 4 than they did last year.

If approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis, cultural organizations will receive about $21.35 million for grants recommended by the state Division of Cultural Affairs. That’s up from the $2.65 million allocated last budget year.