What is Florida Talks?
Do you know the little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba? Or how the Jim Crow era still influences the collective American mind? Or the story behind a black-market orchid-smuggling scheme in Miami? Or the culture of the Florida Seminoles, and the history (and myth) of Chief Osceola? These are examples of more than 80 compelling topics available to you through our Florida Talks program.
Florida Talks, a Florida Humanities program, offers nonprofit organizations an easy way to host informative and thought-provoking presentations (in-person or virtual) by expert historians, storytellers, researchers, and authors featured in our prestigious Speakers Directory.
We provide funding and sample promotional materials for organizations to bring up to three presentations to their community. This is an excellent program to introduce new speakers and topics to your audiences or to supplement an existing lecture series.
Steps to Apply
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Apply?
Any Florida organization constituted for non-profit purposes may apply for funding. It is not necessary that organizations be incorporated or have tax-exempt status. Please see the additional requirements in the guidelines regarding organizational DUNS and sam.gov accounts.
We give priority funding to:
- Organizations with operating budgets of less than $500,000.
- Organizations that direct programming toward underserved audiences. Underserved audiences can be defined as those whose access to the humanities is limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, disability, or other special factors.
- Proposals representing a wide geographic spread of programming. In general, if multiple proposals come from the same area (city or county), only one proposal may be funded.
- Organizations who are new applicants to Florida Humanities or who have successfully partnered with us on prior programming.
- Programs that are free and open to the public.
How much honoraria do speakers charge?
It will vary speaker to speaker, however, all speakers on our Directory have agreed to charge no more than $300 per in-person or virtual program. This amount does not include travel expenses.
How much funding should we request?
While $1,000 is the maximum award, you should only request what you need for your programming. A project using only one speaker should not request the maximum amount.
Do Florida Talks funds require a match?
All Florida Humanities funds must be matched at a minimum with an equal amount of cash and/or in-kind services. Approved matches include staff/volunteer time, equipment/facility usage, publicity, and other program related expenses not covered by Florida Humanities funds.
Can we use funding for staffing or facilities?
None of the requested funds can be used for administrative staffing or use of your own facilities. However, these items can go towards your match.
Can I apply if I have an open grant or other project?
Yes, you are still eligible for a Florida Talks program.
Can we charge admission to a program?
Priority will be given to programs that are free and open to the public. However, nominal admission fees that do not present a barrier to public participation may be charged.
Can we book speakers that aren’t on your Speakers Directory?
No, not at this time. All speakers must come from our pre-approved directory.
If you are interested in creating your own speaker series please consider applying for a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant.
Can I join the Florida Humanities Speakers Directory?
Does our facility need to be ADA compliant?