Book Festival Grants

Book Festival Grants

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

Interested in Applying?

Is your organization interested in applying for a Book Festival Grant? Contact April Myerscough at [email protected] or 727-873-2001 to receive an access code to start your application.

Funding Highlights and Key Dates:

Funding Amount: Up to $10,000
Cost Share: Minimum 1:1 cost share is required.
Deadline to apply: Submit your application no later than four months prior to the event.
Notification: Within 30 days of application submission.


Applications will be accepted from Florida-based organizations constituted for nonprofit purposes, including colleges and universities.

Festivals in their first year of operation must be connected to 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.

Federally Negotiated Cost Rate Agreement

Indirect costs are also known as “administrative costs”, “overhead” or “general operating costs”. These are costs necessary for keeping your organization running on a day-to-day basis and include expenses such as insurance, rent or mortgage, utilities, and salaries and benefits associated with executive or administrative personnel who are not directly involved in your proposed project.

As part of your grant request, Florida Humanities allows organizations to include indirect costs up to 10% of your total project cost as part of your grant request. Applicants with a federally negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA), may elect to request their approved NICRA rate from Florida Humanities funds. All applicants using a NICRA rate, are required to upload a copy of their NICRA agreement showing that the proper rate is being used. If you elect to use the rate of 10%, no additional documentation is needed.

Watch Informational Webinar

This one-hour webinar walks attendees through our newest funding opportunity. We will cover book festival basics, eligibility, and strategies to ensure your application is the best it can be!

This webinar is designed for:

  • Florida book festival organizers and sponsors
  • Literary nonprofits, organizations, and public and municipal libraries who host book festivals or are interested in creating a book festival
  • Eligible organizations unsure if this grant program is right for them

How to Apply


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

Download Guidelines

Contact Florida Humantiies

After reviewing Grant Guidelines interested applicants must contact April Myerscough, Florida Humanities Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] or 727/873-2001 to discuss their programming and to receive a password to access the online application form.

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