Florida Humanities is pleased to announce $33,500 in Community Project Grants to eight Florida organizations in support of vital humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each organization presented a cash or in-kind match with their project, bringing an additional $113,461 to the table which will further support local communities.

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.

Florida Humanities, the statewide affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves to preserve, promote and share the history, literature, culture and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities and their state.

The newly awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by sponsoring organization:

Egmont Key Alliance, Inc. (Hillsborough)
“Uncovering Egmont Key’s Hidden History: A Digital Storytelling Experience” – $5,000
Egmont Key Alliance, Inc. will develop a traveling touchscreen exhibit to tell the story of Egmont Key using immersive 3D visualizations of heritage sites, which will tour Florida at several locations, May-December 2020.

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation Inc. (Monroe)
“Florida Keys History & Discovery Center Presents” – $4,500
Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation Inc. will host an engaging lecture series that addresses humanities issues such as local history, art, literature, and how human activity has impacted the unique Florida Keys environment.

Gulfport Public Library (Pinellas)
“ReadOut: A Festival of Lesbian Literature” – $3,500
Gulfport Public Library will host a festival which brings lesbian authors to the Gulfport Public Library to discuss themes of their books, and interact with the Tampa Bay community.

Lightner Museum (Saint Johns)
“Lecture Series: Creative St. Augustine” – $5,000
Lightner Museum will host a lecture series featuring seven distinguished artists, authors and historians who will present lectures on notable individuals significant to St. Augustine and Florida.

Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (Miami-Dade)
“Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” – $2,500
Opa-locka Community Development Corporation will host an exhibition that presents an inter-generational dialogue between established African artists born on the continent and those living in the diaspora.

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU/FIU Foundation, Inc. (Miami-Dade)
[email protected] Exhibition and Educational Programming” – $3,000
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will support an exhibit that will bring together artists and scholars with students and the public for community conversations on race, diversity, social justice and civil rights through programming grounded in the humanities.

University of South Florida Humanities Institute (Hillsborough)
“Respect and Rebellion: Tampa” – $5,000
University of South Florida’s Humanities Institute will host a series encouraging political discourse, sharing political ideas, and healthy debate of issues most central to a healthy republic.

Urban Think Foundation (Orange)
“A Year of Burrow Press” – $5,000
Urban Think Foundation will support annual programming which includes literary readings, the creation of new literary works, and the publishing of its online journal “Fantastic Florida.”

Want to make an impact in your local community? Apply for a Community Project Grant! Learn more at FloridaHumanities.org/grants. Please contact Lindsey Morrison, Grants Coordinator, at [email protected] for more information.

Upcoming 2019 Deadlines:

  • November 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon)

2020 Deadlines:

  • January 15, 2020
  • April 15, 2020
  • July 22, 2020
  • October 14, 2020

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