Community Project Grants

Community Project Grants

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Florida Humanities’ Community Project Grants awards up to $10,000 to support humanities-based learning experiences. In public humanities programming funded through this grant, Floridians are encouraged to engage in thoughtful reflection, analysis, and consideration of important topics relevant to local communities, and the state writ large.

This funding opportunity aims to increase public participation in — and access to — the humanities by providing relevant, engaging, and meaningful humanities-based programming to all. At its core, Community Project Grants embody our mission to preserve, promote and share the history, literature, culture and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities and their state.

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Community Project Grants

Types of Projects We Support:

Community Project Grants support an array of public humanities programming that encourage community engagement in and with the humanities. Programming should be tailored to, and appropriate for, the subject matter, the applicant’s goals, as well as reflective of the interests and needs of the intended audience(s), particularly underserved communities.

Florida Humanities encourages innovation with new approaches as well as use of time-tested formats such as: community conversations, interpretive exhibits (permanent or traveling, physical or digital), lectures and podcasts, community-wide reads, or reading- or film-and-discussion programs, book, film, and cultural festivals incorporating humanities activities, oral history projects, story-collection and sharing programs, interpretive tours or other types of site- or place-based humanities programming.

All Community Project Grants MUST

  • Be rooted in the humanities
  • Involve humanities scholar(s) appropriate for the project
  • Be made available to the general public and actively foster constructive dialogue
  • Be free, or not cost prohibitive

Funding Highlights and Key Dates:

Funding Amount: Up to $10,000
Cost Share: All cost share for the project must be recorded, but at least 1:1 cost share is required.
Contract Period: 1 year

Deadlines (Revised April 2023):

June 14, 2023 at 12 PM EST

Grant Period:
August 1, 2023 –
August 1, 2024

Week of July 31, 2023

Public events can Start:
September 12, 2023

September 6, 2023 at 12 PM EST

Grant Period:
October 30, 2023 –
October 30, 2024

Week of Oct. 30, 2023

Public events can start:
December 15, 2023

December 6, 2023 at 12 PM EST

Grant Period:
February 1, 2024 –
February 1, 2025

Week of January 22, 2024

Public Programs Could Start:
March 11, 2024


Applicants may request up to $10,000. Florida Humanities funds may be used to support eligible project-related activities and expenses within the one-year grant period.

Special consideration may be given to:

  • Organizations with budgets less than $1 million
  • Applications requesting $5,000 or less in funding

Applications will be accepted from Florida-based nonprofits and public agencies (including libraries, museums, schools, and tribal governments) and Florida-based nonprofit organizations constituted for nonprofit purposes. Individuals, for-profit organizations and foreign governments/organizations are not eligible for funding.

Universities and colleges are encouraged to apply through Greater Good: Humanities in Academia.

Individuals, for-profit organizations and foreign governments/organizations are not eligible for funding.

Eligible applicant organizations must note:

  • Federal-ID number is required to apply.
  • Have a Unique Entity ID (SAM) to apply. Click Here for a Quick Start Guide to obtain a SAM.
  • Not have another Florida Humanities Community Project Grant open. Organizations must close out their current Community Project Grant prior to submitting another proposal.

Steps to Apply

Read the Guidelines

Before you apply, please review the Grant Guidelines to help you prepare your proposal. This document provides the critical information you will need on what is eligible for funding.
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Preview Application

Before you create an account in our Online Portal, please preview the application to better determine if your program is a fit for funding, and get a sense of what will be required to apply.

Preview Application


Through GrantEd: Resources that Empower, Florida Humanities is proud to offer LIVE webinars one month in advance of the application deadline, as well as a collection of on-demand previously recorded trainings. These resources cover grant basics, as well as behind-the-scenes application tips and tricks.

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Seek Help

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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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