The Florida Humanities is inviting applications for its Community Project Grants Program to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across Florida whose projects strengthen vibrant communities and cultures, promote civic engagement, spark thoughtful community dialogue, and reflect on the human experience across the Sunshine State.
Florida Humanities Community Project Grants provide funding to nonprofits and public institutions across Florida to develop and implement humanities-rich public programs that meet the needs of local communities.
Community Project Grants, at their core, meet the needs of local communities. While remaining open to funding locally-driven public humanities projects, Florida Humanities may give special consideration to applications that focus on one or more of their five programmatic priorities.
- Racial Injustice: Sharing stories and perspectives highlighting historical and modern race-based inequities and injustices that disadvantage (d) communities of color, employing the humanities to bring communities together in constructive dialogue.
- Civics and Democracy: Current issues in American democracy and civics including but not limited to voting, suffrage, the power of protest, voting rights, voter suppression, contested elections, and ideological polarization.
- Water: Water as an essential component of life on their planet (environmentally, culturally, and historically), using the humanities to examine a community’s relationship with water as it relates to their cultural history.
- Public Health: The impact of public health issues on the sustainability of Florida’s communities within a diverse, globalizing world, exploring the continuity and change of cultural heritage in relation to public health crises, including global pandemics. Explorations may include the disparities in health access and service for various groups within the community, such as economic resources, sex, and race/ethnicity.
- Immigrant and Refugee Stories: Programs that share refugees’ and immigrants’ personal accounts and perspectives, using the humanities to compassionately reflect upon community challenges and triumphs in the increasingly diverse and changing Florida landscape.
- Applicants may request up to $5,000 for proposed projects.
Types of Fund-able Programs
- Community conversations
- Digital and audio humanities projects
- Interactive websites that function as public humanities programs
- Museum exhibitions with related programming
- Oral history projects with post-project community engagement
- Outdoor heritage signage with post-development community engagement
- Panel Discussions following theatrical productions
- Public lecture series and panel discussions
Types of Program not Fundable
- Creation of murals, sculptures or other artistic works, theatrical proctions or performances that do not involve analysis/interpretation
- Profit-making or fundraising programs
- Virutal projects aimed primarily at audiences outside Florida
- Projects that advocate a single point of view or ideology
- Websites, or other materials, used to solely promote the organization
- Scholarly research projects or academic or professional conferences
- Florida nonprofit organizations, municipalities and public intuitions are eligible. Although eligible for grants, colleges and universities are strongly encouraged to partner with and apply through local nonprofit organizations.
- Through a competitive process, these grants are awarded to nonprofits organizations, local municipalities, and cultural, civic, and educational entities. Although eligible for grants, colleges and universities are strongly encouraged to partner with and apply through local nonprofit organizations.
- Special consideration may be given to the following:
- Proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million
- Projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences
- Underserved audiences can be defined as those whose access to the humanities is limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
- Projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions
- Projects that focus on one or more of their 5 Programmatic Priorities.
- Please Note:
- A DUNS and Federal-ID number are required to apply.
- Upon award, your organization must be registered or obtain registration on SAM.gov in order to receive grant funding. Registering in SAM.gov is free, and to seek help is free.
- Individuals and for-profit organizations are ineligible for Community Project Grants.
- Organizations with an open Community Project Grant from a previous cycle are ineligible to apply; all open grants must be closed before submitting a new proposal.
For more information, visit https://floridahumanities.org/funding-opportunities/community-project-grants/