Community Project Grants

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(Above) City of Tarpon Springs Department of Arts & Historical Resources received a $5,000 Community Project Grant to support a panel discussion and community conversation following the premiere of the documentary, “Dancing As One: The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs,” created by videographer Kosta Lekkas & director Eleni Christopoulos-Lekkas.

Questions? Contact:

Lindsey Morrison
Grants Director
[email protected]
1-727-873-2010

Community Project Grants

Florida Humanities awards grants – known as Community Project Grants – to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across Florida whose projects strengthen vibrant communities and cultures, promote civic engagement, spark thoughtful community dialogue, and reflect on the human experience across the Sunshine State.

These grants are designed to support a vast array of projects. Applicants can request up to $5,000 for proposed projects, which should involve a humanities scholar(s), attract diverse audiences, bring the public together for discussion and exchange, and be free and open to the public (or not cost prohibitive). Please see the Community Project Grant Application Guidelines for more information.

Current Grantees

Looking for grantee forms and resources? Click here to access Event Listing Forms, Contract Change Request Forms, instructions on how to fill out the Final Report, and more!

Types of Projects We Support

Humanities-rich projects come in all shapes and sizes. Ultimately, these projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative to local communities. Typical projects supported by Community Project Grants include, but are not limited to: interpretive exhibitions, outdoor heritage signage, community conversations, panel discussions following a performance or film screening, and oral history projects.

Programmatic Priorities:

Community Project Grants, at their core, meet the needs of local communities. While remaining open to funding locally-driven public humanities projects, Florida Humanities may give special consideration to applications that focus on one or more of our five programmatic priorities. Please see our grant guidelines for descriptions of each.

Funding Eligibility:

Through a competitive process, these grants are awarded to nonprofits organizations, local municipalities, and cultural, civic, and educational entities. Although eligible for grants, colleges and universities are strongly encouraged to partner with and apply through local nonprofit organizations.

Individuals and for-profit organizations are ineligible for Community Project Grants. Organizations with an open Community Project Grant from a previous cycle are ineligible to apply; all open grants must be closed before submitting a new proposal.

Please Note:

  • DUNS and Federal-ID number are required to apply.
  • Upon award, your organization must be registered or obtain registration on SAM.gov in order to receive grant funding. Registering in SAM.gov is free, and to seek help is free. Download this Quick Start Guide for registering or renewing with SAM.gov.

Deadlines

October 14, 2020
at 12 PM EST

Notification:
December 1, 2020

Grant Period:
December 1, 2020 –
December 1, 2021

Public Programs Could Start:
January 15, 2021

January 13, 2021
at 12 PM EST

Notification:
March 1, 2021

Grant Period:
March 1, 2021 –
March 1, 2022

Public Programs Could Start:
April 12, 2021

April 14, 2021
at 12 PM EST

Notification:
June 1, 2021

Grant Period:
June 1, 2021 –
June 1, 2022

Public Programs Could Start:
July 13, 2021

July 21, 2021at 12 PM EST

Notification:
September 1, 2021

Grant Period:
September 1, 2021 –
September 1, 2022

Public Programs Could Start:
October 13, 2021

October 12, 2021
at 12 PM EST

Notification:
December 1, 2021

Grant Period:
December 1, 2021 –
December 1, 2022

Public Programs Could Start:
January 12, 2022

Resources for Applicants

Read the Guidelines

So you’re thinking of applying for a Community Project Grant? Before you apply, please review the Community Projects Grants Guidelines to help you prepare your proposal. This toolkit provides the information you will need on what is fundable, what can’t be funded, how to apply, and so much more.

Download Guidelines

Attend A Webinar

September 17, 2021 at 10:00 am (EDT)

Join us for an informational webinar on September 17 at 10:00 am (EDT) to answer all of your application questions. Click the “Register Now” button to confirm your attendance.

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Get Inspired

Explore the projects that were previously funded throughout Florida by checking out our Recently Funded Grants! If you’re craving additional inspiration, you will not want to miss our collection of Impact Stories, which feature select grant projects and the difference our grantees made in local communities using these vital funds.

Recently Funded Grants
Grantee Impact Stories

Seek Help

Unsure if your project is eligible, or have a question on the application? Grant proposals and projects can be a considerable challenge, particularly for first-time applicants. That’s what we’re here for.

Grant Questions:
Lindsey Morrison
[email protected]
727-873-2010

Technical Questions:
Lisa Lennox
[email protected]
727-873-2018

Apply for Funding

Ready to apply for a grant? Sign in or create an account on our Online Application System to and submit your grant proposal. You must apply using the online application; we do not accept mailed or emailed applications.

Remember, all deadline dates have a 12 pm (noon) cut-off time, and late proposals will not be accepted.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply?

    Funding Eligibility

    Through a competitive process, these grants are awarded to nonprofits organizations, local municipalities, and cultural, civic, and educational entities. Although eligible for grants, colleges and universities are strongly encouraged to partner with and apply through local nonprofit organizations.

    Individuals and for-profit organizations are ineligible for Community Project Grants. Organizations with an open Community Project Grant from a previous cycle are ineligible to apply; all open grants must be closed before submitting a new proposal.

    Please note:

    • A DUNS and Federal-ID number is required to apply.
    • Upon award, your organization must be registered or obtain registration on SAM.gov in order to receive grant funding. Registering in SAM.gov is free, and to seek help is free. Download this Quick Start Guide for SAM.gov this quick start guide for registering or renewing with SAM.gov.

  • What are the humanities?

    Humanities is the process of pursuing an understanding of our shared human experience. Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Humanities include the study of history, literature, culture, languages, law and political science, folklore, gender studies, religious studies, philosophy and sociology, art history, archeology and sociocultural anthropology, and civics.

  • What is public humanities programming?

    Public humanities programming involves actively engaging with the public and fostering constructive dialogues grounded in humanities disciplines (see “What are the humanities?”), typically in conversation or consultation with a humanities advisor.

  • Is my project social services or public humanities programming?

    This is an important distinction, as Florida Humanities does not fund social service projects.

    Social service/humanitarian projects (i.e. education, medical care, and housing) aim to promote the welfare of others, typically for the benefit of a community. While similar in name and concept, public humanities programming is grounded in scholarship, analysis/interpretation, and that “ah-ha!” moment about a broader truth and understanding of our shared human experience.

  • Does Florida Humanities fund the arts, such as music, art, or dance?

    No, Florida Humanities does not directly fund the arts, including the creation of art (murals, paintings, sculptures), theatrical performances, or dance as a standalone program.

    Florida Humanities, however, would be able to support complementary public humanities programming for artistic works, such as panel discussions with humanities scholars following performances or community conversations and lectures around a humanities theme brought forth through an art exhibit.

  • What are the duties/expectations of a project director?

    The Project Director is the point of contact for the grant and should oversee its success, and to bring up any issues that arise. They will receive all communications related to the grant proposal, contract, payments, etc. and will be charged with writing the final report.

  • Who is a Humanities Advisor?

    A Humanities Advisor is an individual with a high level of experience in a humanities discipline and/or is actively engaged in research or programming in that field. Humanities advisors could include individuals such as these:

    • Humanities Scholars: an individual who has an advanced degree in a discipline of the humanities. Having a humanities scholar participate in programming is strongly encouraged. (Example: Professor at a College or University)
    • Subject Area Experts: an individual who does not possess an advanced degree, but has a demonstrated record of working, teaching, and/or publishing in a humanities discipline. Such individuals are likely recognized by others as experts in their field. (Example: Director of a Nonprofit or published historical expert)
    • Community Experts: a community member with special knowledge of cultural traditions or local history, and/or who possess specialized skills or specific information related to the locality or target audience. (Example: Native American tribal elder or local historians)
  • How do I find humanities advisors/scholars?

    Start by thinking about how a scholar could best contribute to your project.  What kind of expertise is needed for that role? Humanities advisors can likely be found right in your community at related nonprofit organizations, or in Universities or Colleges. There is no limit to the number of qualified scholars you bring onto your project – in fact, the more the merrier.

  • Have you checked out our Speakers Directory?

    Florida Humanities maintains a Speakers Directory (mainly used for our Florida Talks program), that Community Project Grant applicants can look to for expert speakers or humanities advisors to contribute to their public humanities programming.

  • We are collaborating with another nonprofit. How do we apply?

    Florida Humanities strongly encourages collaborations. For your application, one organization must be the Sponsoring Organization, taking responsibility for applying for the grant and managing grant funds. Make sure to identify any partnering organizations in your application, explaining their role in the project and their relationship with the Sponsoring Organization. You should also upload letters of commitment from your partner organizations.

  • What is cost share, and why do we need it?

    Cost share (also known as a “match”) is that portion of the project or program costs that are not paid by the funding agency (which would be Florida Humanities, if you are applying for our grants). Cost share includes all contributions, including cash and in-kind, that can be directly contributed to the project. A minimum 1-to-1 match is required for Community Project Grants.

  • What is SAM.gov?

    System for Award Management (SAM.gov) is a website used by entities doing business with funds from the U.S. government. Your organization does not need to be registered in SAM.gov at the time of application. Your organization does, however, need to be registered in SAM.gov to be distributed any awarded funds. It is best to start the registration process at time of application, as this can take time. See our Quick Start Guide for SAM.gov to get started, or if you get stuck. Remember, registering in SAM.gov is free, and to seek help is free.

  • I have a grant from Florida Humanities. When can I apply for another grant?

    If you have an open Community Project Grant, you cannot apply for another Community Project Grant until that grant is closed out (i.e. the Final Report has been submitted and the grant has been closed by Florida Humanities staff, which can take up to 30 days).  If you have an open grant or program other than Community Project Grants, you may apply for a Community Project Grant.

  • How do I apply?

    Head on over to our Online Application Portal and log-in with your organization’s information (create an account only if this is your organization’s first time applying). All applications must be submitted online through this portal.

“Imagining Florida and its related educational programs would not have been possible without the support of the Florida Humanities Council. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Florida Department of State, the Florida Humanities Council is critical in order for Florida’s rich legacy in the arts and humanities to thrive and endure for future generations.”
— Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2018 Community Project Grant Recipient

“Imagining Florida and its related educational programs would not have been possible without the support of the Florida Humanities Council. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Florida Department of State, the Florida Humanities Council is critical in order for Florida’s rich legacy in the arts and humanities to thrive and endure for future generations.”
— Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2018 Community Project Grant Recipient

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