Summer Reading Program Funding Opportunity
About the Program
Florida Humanities invites public libraries and library systems to apply for funding to support 2023 Summer Reading Programs that complement the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) 2023 theme “All Together Now”. Programming must be designed for early literacy, children, and/or teens to be eligible for support and can occur virtually or in person. Bilingual programming is also encouraged.
This funding opportunity is offered in support of the Florida Division of Library and Information Services’ Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) and their membership in CSLP. For more information about FLYP and CSLP resources, click here.
Funding Highlights and Key Dates
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 @ 12 PM EST
Informational Webinar: Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 10 AM EST
Funding Notification: Late March 2023
Funding Distribution: April 2023
Programming Period: May 1- August 31, 2023
Funding Amount: Up to $1,500
Florida public libraries and library systems are eligible to apply. A friends group, association, foundation, city or county government, or municipality may apply on behalf of a library or library system.
Libraries can apply for up to $1,500. Applicants may request support for interactive public programming for early literacy, children, and/or teens that complements the 2023 CSLP theme “All Together Now” and connects to the humanities. Virtual and in-person programming may include:
- Author conversations or discussions of thematic and humanities-related titles.
- Reading and discussion groups.
- Humanities-focused programs hosted by storytellers, authors, book club discussion leaders, interpreters, and content-area experts.
A portion of requested funding may also be used to purchase titles for public circulation or distribution at proposed public programs. Approved titles for circulation must be selected from the list available inside the CSLP manual.
Watch Informational Webinar
In this webinar, learn the tips and tricks you need to successfully apply for funding to support 2023 Summer Reading Programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Any Florida public library or library system is eligible to apply. A friends group, association, foundation, city or county government, or municipality may apply on behalf of a library or library system.
What can my organization apply for funding for?
Applicants may request support for virtual or in person public programming for early literacy, children, and/or teens that complements the CSLP 2023 theme. A portion of requested funding may also be used to purchase select titles for public circulation or distribution at proposed public programs.
What is ineligible for funding?
Florida Humanities funds cannot be used to cover the following expenses:
- Costs that are incurred before or after the project period
- Refreshments and entertainment
- Incentives and prize items such as personal technology devices, attraction tickets, gift cards, toys, restaurant vouchers, clothing, etc.
- Supplies for programming not related to the humanities
- General operating support, including staffing
Does this funding opportunity require a match?
Yes, all funded organizations are required to provide a minimum of a 1:1 match in cash and/or in-kind goods and services. Matching funds may include:
- Library staff and volunteer time directly related to the implementation of proposed programming
- Supplies for humanities-related programming
- Travel and per diem for external presenters
- Refreshments, incentives, prize items
- Any eligible costs not covered by Florida Humanities or other funding sources
- Venue rental for spaces not owned by the library
- Marketing and publicity (print and digital) costs for proposed programming
- Technology, A/V support, or equipment rental for proposed programming
This Summer Reading Program Funding Opportunity is supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.