Featured image above: Zora Neal Hurston

Florida Humanities is pleased to announce $63,200 in Community Project Grants to 14 cultural organizations in support of public humanities programming.

Community Project Grants provided up to $5,000 in funding to nonprofits and public institutions across Florida to develop humanities-rich public programs and 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:

Friends of Jack Kerouac House, Inc. (Pinellas)
“Tour de Kerouac” Community Bicycling Tour” – $4,500
Friends of Jack Kerouac House, Inc. will develop a community bicycling tour smart phone application that will feature places in St. Petersburg where American literary icon Jack Kerouac lived and worked.

Heritage Village (Pinellas)
“Shared Heritage in Pinellas (SHIP) Travelling Exhibit” – $5,000
Heritage Village will partner with University of South Florida to develop a portable exhibit titled “SEAing Change,” highlighting the role of water in the human and environmental history of Madeira Beach.

Indian River State College (Saint Lucie)
“Turning Digital: Humanities and the Digital Revolution” – $5,000
Indian River State College will host a series of lectures that address the ways in which the humanities are turning digital and what that means to disciplines of history, literature, and philosophy.

Miami Beach Gay Pride, Inc. (Miami-Dade)
“Legacy Couples Project: 400+ Years of LGBTQ Love” – $5,000
Miami Beach Gay Pride will organize an intergenerational oral history project, exhibition, and two workshops around the stories of 15 same-sex couples told to LGBTQ+ youth.

NSU Lifelong Learning Institute (Broward)
“NSU Lifelong Learning Institute Community, Intergenerational Lecture Series” – $3,000
NSU Lifelong Learning Institute will host a lecture series focused on civics and democracy that includes eight engaging programs.

Orange County Library District (Orange)
“Zora Neale Hurston: The Storyteller and Her Town” – $5,000
Timed with ZORA! Festival, Orange County Library System will bring in Johns Hopkins Literary Consultant Rae Chesney to present in-person and virtually about American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker Zora Neale Hurston in an event that will be free and open to the public.

Ormond Beach Historical Society (Volusia)
“Ormond Beach Historical Society Speaker Series“- $4,000
Ormond Beach Historical Society will host eight free public programs for the public, including events on the Jim Crow Era, the Bi-Centennial of St. Johns County, the Hidden History of Florida, and more.

Palm Coast Historical Society and Museum (Flagler)
“2022 – Palm Coast Speaker Series” – $5,000
Palm Coast Historical Society will host six virtual and in-person lectures that represent the arts, racial issues, early Florida, and the Florida environment.

Realize Bradenton (Manatee)
“Riverwalk Outdoor Family Reading Room Grand Opening” – $4,700
Realize Bradenton will host a free public event and panel discussion that will highlight the children’s book “Old Manatee A to Z”, its creation, and the history of the local community.

Reflections of Manatee, Inc. (Manatee)
“Cosmopolitan Frontier: Cuban Fisherfolk, Freedom Seekers, Seminoles, and Women in Florida” – $4,000
Reflections of Manatee will host five events to share the stories and contributions of groups that are often under-represented in the public imagination and knowledge about the Florida frontier.

Stetson University (Volusia)
“Burrow Press Literary Events Series” – $3,800
Stetson University’s Burrow Press will host six free literary events exploring issues of race, sexuality, cultural identity, and issues concerning the craft of writing, with a focus on writers from historically underrepresented communities.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum (Duval)
“I Lived Here As Well Phase II” – $5,000
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will expand the current historical portrayals by adding an African American female historic reenactor to their house museum tour.

Valencia College Foundation, Inc. (Orange)
“Valencia Voices: Oral Histories of Immigration in Osceola County-Archive, Exhibits and Forums” – $4,200
Valencia College will use collected oral histories to create interpretative exhibits (online and in-person) and host two public forums on what these stories reveal about the immigration experience.

Young Performing Artists Inc. (Sumter)
“Let’s Talk Reparations” – $5,000
Young Performing Artists will host a live, virtually streamed panel discussion that seeks to bridge divides around the issue of reparations.

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Apply for a Community Project Grant!

Please visit our funding opportunity webpage for more information about Florida Humanities’ Community Project Grants program, and to see if your proposed programming is a fit.

Watch On-Demand Webinar through GrantEd

Interested in applying for a grant, but not sure where to start? Watch our on-demand webinar through GrantEd: Resources that Empower. Florida Humanities grants staff walks viewers through types of projects we fund, sample successful narratives and budgets, and behind-the-scenes tips and tricks.