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My Safe FL Home Grants

Receive up to $10,000 for Window Replacements!

The My Safe Florida Home program was created to strengthen Florida homes against hurricanes and save Florida homeowners money. This program provides homeowners with up to $10,000 in grant money for “home strengthening” improvements such as Window replacements and exterior door upgrades.

By taking advantage of this program:

  • You may be eligible to apply for a Matching grant where for every $1 you provide, the state will provide $2 toward the actual cost of an authorized mitigation project (or 2/3s of the project cost up to $10,000).
  • You can also potentially lower your home insurance premiums by participating in the program and making home improvements.

My Safe FL Home Grant Program Overview

Taking advantage of the My Safe FL Home Program is super easy. Just follow these 3 simple steps to get started:

  1. Register at My Safe Florida Home and schedule your free home hurricane inspection. This service is provided at NO COST and NO OBLIGATION to you.
  2. Contact us for your complimentary quote for window replacements and exterior door upgrades.
  3. Complete the work and request reimbursement.

FAQs: My Safe FL Home Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Apply for Inspection
    • Get your FREE Home Wind Mitigation Inspection.
  2. Receive Inspection Report
    • Results identify current hurricane-resistant features and recommended improvements.
  3. Qualify for Grant
    • Must be a Florida resident whose primary residence is a site-built, single-family home or townhouse.
  4. Make Recommended Upgrades
  5. Report Home Improvements
    • After home upgrades are complete, you must request through your portal one final inspection to verify that all upgrades were made.
  6. Eligible for Lower Premiums
    • Contact your home insurance provider to discuss potential discounts
  7. Grant Reimbursement
    • Payment will be disbursed after a final home inspection occurs and all required documents are submitted.

Any Florida homeowner of a site-built, single-family, residential house or townhouse may apply for and receive an inspection without any further obligation to apply for a grant.

All of the following criteria will be used to approve grant applicants:

  • You must have received a free home hurricane inspection through the My Safe Florida Home Program.
  • You must provide proof of homestead exemption. If you need assistance obtaining a copy of your homestead exemption information, please confer with your local Property Appraiser or Tax Collectors’ Office.
  • You must provide documentation that your home is insured for less than $700,000 and provide a copy of your current property insurance declarations page. If you do not have a copy, contact your home insurance company.
  • The initial building construction permit for the home must have been issued prior to January 1, 2008. If you do not know when your home was built, please contact your local officials. This information is frequently available through the website or office of your Property Appraiser.
  • Homeowners must allow the home to be re-inspected after construction work has been completed. This re-inspection is provided at no cost by the Department of Financial Services through the My Safe Florida Home Program.
  • Low-income applicants must be below the 80% household median income percentile in their county of residence to qualify. FOR REFERENCE: Per Capita Personal Income by County, Annual: Florida | FRED | St. Louis Fed (stlouisfed.org)

All of the above criteria are necessary to qualify for, and receive, a grant, unless otherwise noted.

The Legislature has authorized DFS to provide a matching grant to eligible homeowners up to $10,000 for the actual cost of qualifying home hurricane mitigation projects. The program will provide $2 in grant funds for every $1 the homeowner provides.  Low income grants have been increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

Yes, the Legislature has also provided tax exemptions for home-hardening initiatives. Please click here for additional information on tax breaks. Beginning July 1, 2022, until June 30, 2024, sales tax is exempt on purchases of impact-resistant doors, impact-resistant garage doors, and impact-resistant windows.

According to Florida Statute 215.5586, 2(b), “All grants must be matched on the basis of $1 provided by the applicant for $2 provided by the state up to a maximum state contribution of $10,000 toward the actual cost of the mitigation project.” In other words, the homeowner must contribute funds equal to 1/3 of the cost of the project toward the project to be reimbursed for the remaining 2/3’s up to a maximum state contribution of $10,000.

For example, if an applicant were to pay $15,000 for new impact-rated windows, their required contribution would be $5,000, and the state’s contribution would be equal to the maximum grant amount of $10,000. If the windows cost $9,000, the applicant would pay $3,000 and would receive a state-matched Reimbursement of $6,000. If the windows cost more than $15,000, the applicant would still only receive $10,000, as that is the maximum reimbursement amount.

When recommended by a hurricane mitigation inspection, grants may be used for the following improvements:

ROOFS AND STRUCTURES

  • Upgrade Roof Coverings
  • Improve Strength of Roof Deck Attachments
  • Reinforce Roof-to-Wall Connections
  • Install Secondary Water Barrier for the Roof
  • Townhouses are not eligible for roof repairs

OPENINGS

  • Exterior Door Upgrades
  • Garage Door Upgrades
  • Window Upgrades

You do not need to do all of the listed improvments on your inspection report. We suggest performing the least-costly improvement that will give your home the most protection. However, you should perform what you can afford. 

  1. Invoice Cover Sheet.
  2. Original Contractor Invoice(s).
  3. Proof of Payment (Cancelled check, receipts, paid invoice.
  4. Insurance proof of premium discounts (email, letter, new quote from insurance agent that outlines what, if any, discount is available)

Client Testimonials

Great service and quality windows!

Michael Lane Avatar Michael Lane
March 10, 2020

I would recommend STH to everyone I know. Brooks and Rocky were absolutely great to work with. We love the finished product and their communication through the entire process was much appreciated.

Kathryn Howell Avatar Kathryn Howell
March 10, 2020

Quality work and amazing customer service! They were prompt and friendly and went above and beyond to complete the job.

Stuart Gignilliat Avatar Stuart Gignilliat
March 10, 2020

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