2020 Florida Humanities CARES

Florida Humanities CARES Funding Results

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Patricia Putman
Associate Director
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With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020 the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million to distribute to cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus, COVID-19. Approximately 40 percent of the appropriation, or $30 million, was entrusted to the 56 state and territorial humanities councils to re-grant to our communities. As the statewide affiliate for the NEH, Florida Humanities granted $875,000 in emergency relief funds through Florida Humanities CARES to cultural and heritage institutions across Florida affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Florida Humanities CARES grants provided vital funding to support general operating costs for most vulnerable cultural organizations and communities, so that they could continue to provide opportunities for our state’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time and in the future.

2020 Florida Humanities CARES Grants Awarded

Hover over icons below for a list of organizations that were awarded Florida Humanities CARES grants.

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Alachua County

Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. - $8,000
The Actors' Warehouse, Inc. - $8,000

Bay County

Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc. - $2,250
Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership - $8,000

Brevard County

American Space Museum - $7,500
Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street Inc. - $6,000

Broward County

Coral Springs Museum of Art - $11,850
Davie School Foundation, Inc. - $10,250
Deerfield Beach Historical Society, Inc. - $8,000
Grace Arts Center - $6,000
Old Dillard Foundation - $10,250
Sample-McDougald House - $10,250
Stonewall National Museum & Archives - $10,250
Stranahan House, Inc. - $10,250
TEN Global - $7,000

Charlotte County

Military Heritage Museum - $10,250

Collier County

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL - $11,850
Marco Island Historical Society - $10,250

Duval County

Beaches Area Historical Society - $10,250
Mandarin Museum & Historical Society - $4,000
Refugees Stories - $8,000

Escambia County

African American Heritage Society, Inc. - $8,000
Pensacola Lighthouse Association Inc. - $10,250
West Florida Historic Preservation dba UWF Historic Trust - $11,850

Flagler County

African American Cultural Society, Inc. - $8,000

Franklin County

Apalachicola Area Historical Society $5,000
Dixie Theatre Foundation, Inc. - $8,000

Gadsen County

Apalachicola Arsenal Museum and Conference Center - $2,500
Gadsden Arts, Inc. - $10,250
Havana History & Heritage Society, Inc. - $8,000
Quincy Main Street, Inc. - $8,000

Hernando County

Brooksville Vision Foundation - $10,250
Hernando Historical Museum Association - $8,000

Highlands County

Heartland Cultural Alliance, Inc. - $8,000
Highway Park Neighborhood Preservation & Enhancement District Council - $8,000

Hillsborough County

East Hillsborough Historical Society, Inc. - $5,000
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts - $10,250
Plant City Photo Archives - $8,000
Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center - $8,000
The Victory Ship, Inc. - $10,250

Indian River County

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation - $8,000
Vero Heritage, Inc. - $10,250

Jefferson County

Monticello Opera House - $10,250

Lake County

Trout Lake Nature Center - $8,000

Lee County

Barrier Island Parks Society, Inc. - $10,250
Boca Grande Historical Society - $10,250
Cape Coral Historical Society Inc. - $8,000
Lee County Black History Society, Inc. - $8,000

Leon County

Florida Association of Museums Foundation, Inc. - $8,000
Goodwood Museum and Gardens - $10,250
John G. Riley Center & Museum - $10,250
Southern Shakespeare Company - $10,250
Theater with a Mission, Inc. - $8,000
To the Village Square, Inc. - $9,850

Manatee County

Reflections of Manatee, Inc. - $8,000

Miami-Dade County

Fire Haus Projects,Inc. - $7,500
Gold Coast Railroad Museum - $10,250
Haitian Heritage Museum - $8,000
Miami Shores People of Color - $6,400
The Bakehouse Art Complex, Inc. - $10,250

Monroe County

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation - $10,250
Historic Markers, Incorporated - $8,000
Key West Botanical Garden Society - $10,250

Nassau County

Amelia Island Museum of History - $10,250

Okaloosa County

North Okaloosa Historical Association - $8,000

Orange County

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens - $11,850
Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. - $10,250
Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. - $11,850
Urban Think Foundation - $10,250
Winter Garden Heritage Foundation - $10,250

Palm Beach County

Aequalis, Inc (d/b/a The Core Ensemble) - $10,250
Spady Cultural Heritage Museum - Expanding and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Inc. - $10,250
Town of Lantana Public Library - $7,500

Pasco County

Pioneer Florida Museum & Village - $10,250

Pinellas County

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum - $10,250
Dunedin Historical Museum - $10,250
Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum - $8,000
Gulfport Historical Society - $5,000
Palm Harbor Historical Society - $8,000
Saint Petersburg Preservation - $10,250
[email protected] - $10,250
Your Real Stories, Inc. - $10,250

Saint Johns County

Fort Mose Historical Society - $8,000
St. Augustine Historical Society - $9,750
St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program - $10,250
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida, DBA Ximenez-Fatio House Museum - $10,250

Saint Lucie County

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery - $10,250
Lincoln Park Main Street - $8,000

Sarasota County

Lemon Bay Historical Society Inc. - $5,000
Venice Historical Preservation League - $7,000
Vickie O! Heritage Productions, Inc. - $6,000

Seminole County

Goldsboro Westside Community Historical Museum - $8,000

Volusia County

DeLand Naval Air Station Museum, Inc. - $8,000
Enterprise Preservation Society, Inc. - $8,000
Halifax Historical Society & Museum - $8,000
Holly Hill Historic Preservation Society - $4,000
Ormond Beach Historical Society, Inc. - $10,250
Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts - $10,250
Southeast Volusia Historical Society - $8,000

Washington County

Washington County Public Library - $10,250

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Florida Humanities CARES
Grants Awarded throughout Florida.


in general operating support
awarded to cultural organizations.


out of 67 Florida
counties represented.


of funds went to organizations
with annual budgets of less than $500,000.

Updated: July 2020

Messages from Florida Humanities CARES Communities

On behalf of the Highway Park Neighborhood Council, I extend our thanks and appreciation to the Florida Humanities Cares program for awarding our agency this much-needed support. It is making a difference. Operating an agency in a low-income community is difficult during regular times, especially from a financial standpoint. We were among the first to feel the impact of the pandemic. Like the rest of the nation, our community and our agency has been profoundly, and possibly, lastingly impacted by COVID 19. Receiving these funds has been a “financial vaccination” against the impacts of the virus and it is greatly appreciated.

Tiffany Green, President

Highway Park Neighborhood Council (Lake Placid)
On behalf of the Marco Island Historical Society, I wish to thank the Florida Humanities Council for awarding our organization greatly needed help in the form of a Florida Humanities CARES Grant. The assistance that you provide will allow us to pay our staff for an additional period of time and keep the Society's mission of preserving and sharing Marco Island's History alive. We are most grateful for the care and concern of Florida Humanities for the future of cultural-based, non-profits in Florida. Your support means the world to us.

Pat Rutledge, Executive Director

Marco Island Historical Society (Marco Island)
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Military Heritage Museum, our veteran volunteers, employees, and our many visitors, I would like to thank Florida Humanities for the Florida Humanities CARES grant. They have allowed us to bring back our business development person who has already generated new and significant contributions to help offset the lost revenue we are experiencing this summer. I would also like to compliment Florida Humanities on the way they have managed this program. I have been aggressive in taking advantage of the COVID-19 funding programs put forward by various public and private entities. The Florida Humanities CARES Grant application process has been by far the best experience. Professionally handled, the timeliness has been succinct and the process fair. Thank you again for your leadership and support to Florida organizations like the Military Heritage Museum. We are grateful!

Gary Butler, Executive Director

Military Heritage Museum (Punta Gorda)
THANK YOU. The initiative from Florida Humanities in your handling of and providing to us this CARES grant funding is very significant to our Museum and programs. These funds have helped offset the cancellation of two of our major fundraising events and with the additional costs for "deep cleaning" and virus treatment of the Museum. The continued support from Florida Humanities, in terms of programs, staff expertise, and timely and well-targeted grant opportunities, is very much appreciated. You continue as a major source of support for our cultural and educational programs and impact for this region.

Bill Piotrowski & Berta Kemp, Co-Chairs

Havana History & Heritage Society Museum (Havana)
The Board of Directors, Advisory Council, organization members, and staff extend our gratitude to Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for the CARES grant which in this time of financial stress will help facilitate the Photo Archives’ fulfillment of our mission to help the greater Plant City community develop a fuller and richer understanding of its history and heritage. We have enjoyed working with Florida Humanities over the years and appreciate your understanding of the importance of the humanities in our daily lives and in the lives of the many people we serve. We have opened, cautiously, and are continually rewarded when we see the delight of our visitors when they learn more about who they are and where they came from. Thank you for helping make this possible.

Gilbert V. Gott, Executive Director

Plant City Photo Archives (Plant City)
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