Featured image above: A behind-the-scenes photograph from The Allapattah Collaborative CDC’s documentary “Stories of Allapattah: En Nuestras Palabras”

Florida Humanities has awarded $200,000 in Broadcasting Hope Media Grants to six projects across the Sunshine State to support media projects rooted in the humanities. From a documentary on Allapattah’s immigrant community to a 10-episode podcast covering Florida Humanities topics between 1880-1952.

Broadcasting Hope Media Grant provides up to $50,000 to Florida public media stations, nonprofits, cultural organizations, and public institutions producing impactful and inspirational public media programming (whether through television, radio broadcasts, podcasts, digital platforms, and other community engagement activities) which showcase local Florida communities coming together to inspire hope, broaden perspectives, and foster unity.

The newly awarded grants are listed below:

Brooksville Vision Foundation (Hernando) – $12,000
The Elizabeth Robins Diaries Podcast
Brooksville Vision Foundation will produce “The Elizabeth Robins Diaries.” A 10-episode podcast covering Florida humanities topics from 1880-1952 and bringing in guest expert appearances to explore humanities themes.

Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc. (Leon) – $50,000
“A State at War: Florida During WWII”
The Florida Veterans Foundation will produce an hour-long documentary, “A State at War: Florida During WWII,” which tells the stories of Floridians’ contributions that helped win the war and how Floridians were vital to this mission.

Merfolk Media Alliance Inc. (Pinellas) – $12,000
“Underground History”
Merfolk Media Alliance will develop production plans and programming for “Underground History,” exploring connections between St. Petersburg’s diverse history beneath our feet and emerging community collaboration.

Miami Shores People of Color, Inc. (Miami-Dade) – $40,000
“The 20th of May: The History and Heritage of Florida’s Emancipation Day” Digital History Project”
Miami Shores People of Color will create a content-rich, engaging website with primary sources documenting nearly 160 years of the history and culture stemming from the celebration of May 20th, Florida’s Emancipation Day, while also explaining the unfolding of emancipation in Florida in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War.

The Allapattah Collaborative CDC (Miami-Dade) – $36,000
“Stories of Allapattah: En Nuestras Palabras”
The Allapattah Collaborative will produce “Stories of Allapattah: En Nuestras Palabras,” a 30-minute documentary crafted and contextualized by humanities scholars from a series of 10+ interviews documenting the oral history of this low-income immigrant community facing erasure.

University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (Orange) – $50,000
“Florida Road Trip Original Production, Student Experience and Engagement Campaign”
WUCF will produce an original public television series, “Florida Road Trip,” the creation of a storyteller experience for future media professionals and a comprehensive engagement campaign that fosters unity and hope through community placemaking.

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Questions? Please contact:
Lindsey Morrison
Grants Director
[email protected]