Life, Liberty + Libraries

Life, Liberty + Libraries Special Initiative Grant

Questions? Contact:

Lindsey Morrison
Grants Director
[email protected]

Life, Liberty + Libraries

Libraries often serve as a community’s hub for civic engagement. They are places where people come to vote, road map their path to citizenship, learn from America’s great thinkers, and raise their voices in community conversations.

Florida Humanities and PBS Books are proudly partnering in this collaborative grant program, Life, Liberty + Libraries, to offer libraries and cultural organizations across Florida up to $2,500 in funding to purchase democracy and civics-themed books for circulation, utilize templated and high-quality promotional materials to further engage communities, and plan for humanities-rich public programming to accompany these new resources!

Note: Grant Opportunity Extended Beyond Public Libraries!

Following a successful inaugural round of Life, Liberty + Libraries in spring 2020, Florida Humanities and PBS Books is proud to extend this grant opportunity to Florida libraries, K-12 libraries, educational institutions and cultural organizations with widely accessible literary collections. Not sure if your organization qualifies? Plese contact Lindsey Morrison, Florida Humanities Grants Coordinator at [email protected].

If funded, libraries will receive:

    • Adult
    • Young Adult
    • Children
    • Spanish Language Children
  • High Quality, Templated Promotional Materials (posters, banner, bookmarks, social media graphics, and more!)
  • Press Kit
  • Direct communication on 2020-2021 PBS Programming related to Civics and Democracy
Life, Liberty, and Library Poster and Publicity Materials.

Who Can Apply?

Florida libraries, K-12 libraries, educational institutions and cultural organizations with widely accessible literary collections are eligible to apply.

Preference to libraries and organizations whose audience includes underserved communities. Underserved communities can be defined as those whose access to the humanities is limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Examples of eligible applicants include:

  • Libraries
  • Associated library friends groups or fiscal agents
  • College/University Libraries
  • K-12 Libraries
  • Community Libraries
  • Other Florida nonprofit cultural organizations that have literary collections widely accessible (either in-person or digitally) for the general public OR the community they serve.

Applicants with open Florida Humanities contracts (Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Florida Stories, Museum on Main Street, etc.) are eligible to apply. Applicants with currently open Life, Liberty + Libraries grant contracts are not eligible to re-apply until their current grant is closed in good order.

Please note:

  • A DUNS and Federal-ID number are required to apply.
  • Upon award, your organization must be registered or obtain registration on in order to receive grant funding. Registering in is free, and to seek help is free. Download this Quick Start Guide for this quick start guide for registering or renewing with

Deadline and Important Information

Taveras Public Library Book Display
Book display for Taveras Public Library using high-quality templated promotional materials. Tavares Public Library was awarded a Life, Liberty + Libraries contract in spring 2020.

Important Dates:

Deadline: September 23, 2020 At 12:00 pm (noon)
Notification: October 14, 2020
Contract Period: October 14, 2020 – October 14, 2021
Public Programs Can Start After: November 25, 2020
Contract Amount: $2,500

Grant Period, Award Payments and Program Dates:

All projects and book orders must be completed by October 14, 2021. Awarded grantees will receive funds in two installments:

  • 90% at the start of the project
  • 10% on a reimbursement basis contingent upon receipt and approval of all required final reports

Resources for Applicants

Read the Guidelines

Before you apply for this grant opportunity, please review the guidelines to help you prepare your proposal. This toolkit provides the information you will need on what is fundable, what can’t be funded, how to apply, and so much more.

Download Guidelines

Seek Help

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

Program Questions:
Lindsey Morrison
[email protected]

Technical Questions:
Lisa Lennox
[email protected]

Apply for Funding

Ready to apply for funding? Create (or log in to) an account using our online application system. Once your account is created you can begin to draft your grant proposal. You must apply using the online application in the Online Applications Portal; 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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