Florida Humanities awards over $40,000 in Grants for Cultural Programming

The Florida Humanities Council is pleased to award $42,900 in Community Project Grants to eight Florida organizations in support of vital humanities programming.

Community Project Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding to nonprofits and public institutions across Florida to develop and implement humanities-rich public programs that meet the needs of local communities. At their core, these competitive grants seek to preserve Florida’s diverse history and heritage, promote civic engagement and community dialogue, and provide communities the opportunity to reflect on the future of the Sunshine State.

The newly awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by sponsoring organization. For a complete list of grants funded this year, click here.

Digital Library of the Caribbean (Miami-Dade)
Documenting Caribbean Diasporic Communities: How to Archive Local Histories – $5,000
The Digital Library of the Caribbean will partner with the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Incubator to hold a one-week in-person workshop to discuss community archives and the need for historic preservation work in the Caribbean diasporic communities.

Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Inc. – WGCU Public Media (Lee)
WGCU Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing – $5,000
Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation Inc. will host two events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing through a premiere screening of “Chasing the Moon” with CBS News Director Joel Banow and a screening of PBS Kids’ “Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step” which teaches kids about space exploration and the Apollo 11 voyage.

Florida Keys Community College (Monroe)
FKCC Poetics: Critical Intersections and Changing Landscapes – $5,000
The Florida Keys Community College will host a series of community events, led by students in the College’s poetry writing class, featuring visiting poets, which will be free of charge to the general public and is in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs (Hernando)
Weeki Wachee History Harvest – $4,950
Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs will partner with the University of Central Florida to conduct an oral history collection of the Springs, digitize artifacts related to the park, and host an online archive so wider audiences can participate in Weeki Wachee’s history.

Friends of WLRN (Miami-Dade)
Space Week – $5,000
Friends of WLRN will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a week-long broadcast of space exploration programming as well as locally produced lectures that will delve into culture, politics and people affected by these space voyages.

Gadsden Arts Center (Gadsden)
The Southern Quilting Project – $5,000
The Gadsden Art Center will present the “Generations of Southern Quilting” exhibition of regional quilts from 1830s to today, and the Big Bend Quilt Trail, a mural trail that spans the communities represented in the exhibition.

Goodwood Museum and Gardens (Leon)
One Place, Two Worlds – $5,000
The Goodwood Museum and Gardens will build outdoor heritage signs that expand interpretation to include those who labored at the historical plantation (ca. 1840 – 1940), which will be woven into the existing signage, and deal with the intersection of class, race, and culture.

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida (Okaloosa)
Museum Tours for Everyone – $2,500
The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will provide visitors with a digital tour of nine permanent exhibits that highlight the history of Northwest Florida from prehistoric to modern era.

Got Humanities? Support your local history
and culture with a Community Project Grant!

Please contact Lindsey Morrison, Grants Coordinator, at [email protected] for more information.