Florida Talks

2021 Florida Talks Grant Program, Cynthia Barnett Speaking

Questions? Contact:

Lisa Lennox
Digital Media and Programs Manager
[email protected]

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.

Upcoming Deadlines

November 13, 2020
at 12 pm (EDT)

For programs occurring between:
Jan. 1 – May 31, 2021

November 20, 2020

June 25, 2021
at 12 pm (EDT)

For programs occurring between:
Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021

July 16, 2021

Steps to Apply

Browse our 2021 Speakers Directory and Select Speakers

Using our 2021 Speakers Directory select programs you want to bring to your community. Organizations can host programs either in-person or virtually.  Before completing your application you must confirm speakers, dates, and any other special arrangements.

Browse Our 2021 Speakers Directory

Read the Guidelines

So you’re thinking of applying for Florida Talks? Before you apply, please review the Florida Talks Guidelines to help you prepare for your proposal. Remember, all deadline dates have a noon cut-off time. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Download Guidelines

Seek Help

We are happy to provide guidance on completing an application, determining eligibility, addressing budgetary questions, as well as troubleshooting technical difficulties with electronic forms. Please contact staff well in advance of an application deadline to ensure a prompt reply.

Program or Technical Questions:
Lisa Lennox
[email protected]

Apply for Funding

Complete our short and easy Florida Talks application by June 25, 2021, at 12:00 pm (noon) (EDT) for programs occurring between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021.  Sites will be notified on July 16, 2021, of their funding status. Approved sites will receive 100% of their requested funds upon receipt of a signed contract, confirmation of SAM.gov registration, and participation in a Florida Talks project director’s webinar.

Note: All new users will need to create an account to use our online application processing site. If you believe your organization already has an account, contact Lisa Lennox at [email protected] for assistance in accessing your account.

Download Online Portal User Guide
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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?

    Click here to apply to be considered in our Speakers Directory.

  • Does our facility need to be ADA compliant?

    Yes, all partners must adhere to state accessibility guidelines. For more information about accessibility please visit the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs accessibility website here.

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