Book Festival Grants

Book Festival Grants; Photo Courtesy of Miami Book Festival

Questions? Contact:

April Myerscough
Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Florida Humanities’ Book Festival Grants provide funding to eligible Florida nonprofit organizations to support events that celebrate the joy of reading, encourage thoughtful interactions between authors and their readers, and reflect on how literature conveys the human experience.

Proposed programming may occur over a single day or multiple days. Events can occur virtually, in person, or in a hybrid format and may include authors from or residing in Florida as well as those from outside the state.

Eligible events should include some or all of the following elements:

  • author and illustrator talks and signings
  • author and illustrator panel and discussions
  • writing workshops
  • keynote addresses
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In this webinar, learn more about applying for a Book Festival Grant in Summer or Fall 2023.

Funding Highlights and Key Dates:

Funding Amount: Up to $10,000
Cost Share: Minimum 1:1 cost share is required.
Deadline to apply:

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: Due at least six months prior to the first day of proposed programming.
  • Application Deadline: Due within 30 days of Letter of Intent approval.

Notification: Within 30 days of application submission.


Applications will be accepted from Florida-based organizations constituted for non-profit purposes and public agencies including libraries, museums, schools, and tribal governments as well as colleges and universities. Individuals, for-profit organizations, and foreign governments/organizations are not eligible for funding. Fiscal sponsors are ineligible to apply.

Festivals in their first year of operation must be organized and hosted by or partnered with an established sponsoring organization that can demonstrate significant experience or a long-term commitment to literary-focused programming.

Events ineligible for funding include:

  • Fundraisers
  • Events that celebrate one author or cultural figure’s literary achievements.
  • Music, Art, and Cultural Festivals where literature is not the main focus.
  • Conferences that require a registration fee to attend and is not free and open to the public.

How to Apply


All interested applicants must first download and review the entire Grant Guidelines.

Download Guidelines

Complete Letter of Intent

Step One: Submit a Letter of Intent
The Letter of Intent (LOI) is an online form that requests information about your proposed programming. Letters of Intent are due at least six months before the first day of your proposed program. LOIs received less than six months before the first day of your proposed programming will be marked ineligible.

The Letter of Intent provides Florida Humanities staff with information to determine if the proposed programming meets the grant requirements. Letters of Intent are reviewed on a rolling basis and within two weeks of submission. Florida Humanities staff does not provide feedback on denied or ineligible letters of intent.

Step Two: Complete a Full Application Upon LOI Approval
If the LOI is approved, applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Please note that an invitation to submit an application does not guarantee funding.

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