Since 1971, the Florida Humanities Council has awarded more than $8 million statewide in support of the development and presentation of humanities-rich cultural resources and public programs. These programs and resources help preserve Florida’s rich history and heritage, promote civic engagement and community dialogue, and provide opportunities for reflecting on the future of our growing state.

Portrait of Kevin McGurk, Army Reserves, Captain, painted by Matt Mitchell. 100 Faces of War.

About our Grant Program

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FHC grants primarily respond to the needs of local communities, but they often address topics of statewide interest. FHC is particularly interested in projects that are collaborative, attract diverse audiences, encourage active participation from the public, and explore humanities topics and disciplines in interesting and engaging ways.

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Before beginning the application process, please review the following general eligibility guidelines and grant requirements.

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Grants currently being offered

Special Initiative Grants – “100 Faces of War”

Amount: up to $20,000
Deadline: October 27, 2017 at 12pm (EST)

In recognition of the importance of the humanities both in helping Americans to understand the experiences of service members and in assisting veterans as they return to civilian life, the Florida Humanities Council has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to bring the acclaimed 100 Faces of War traveling exhibit to Florida in 2018-2019.

About the Exhibit

Through the eyes of soldiers who participated in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, 100 Faces of War gives voice to the warriors among us. Featuring 100 personal essays and oil portraits of veterans from every state and the District of Columbia, the subjects statistically represent the demographics of Americans who have served in these conflicts.

100 Faces of War seeks to inspire a greater understanding of the impact of war both on the individual and on American society as a whole. The exhibition raises questions, through the essays, of national identity, of the veteran’s place in our society, of the moral, human and economic costs of war, and of the stereotypes that color our understanding of these two wars.

The exhibit is scheduled to tour nationally from May 2018 to January 2022. FHC has already awarded funds to the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach to host the exhibit from Sept. 1 – Nov. 25, 2018. A second Florida venue will be selected through this application process to host the exhibit from December 15, 2018 – March 10, 2019.

Interested venues must thoroughly review the Application Guidelines below for specific venue requirements outlined by the Smithsonian Institution. All proposals must include a plan for complementary public programming.

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Community Project Grants

Funding Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: New deadlines coming soon.

Community Project grants provide support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming.

All projects must:

  • be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities
  • enlist the participation of humanities scholars and/or experts in the project’s planning and execution, and
  • engage the public in thoughtful and informed activities that explore humanities topics, including those related to Florida and/or topics of interest to Floridians

Special consideration may be given to the following:

  • proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million
  • projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences
  • projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions