It’s about opening your mind, it’s about storytelling, it’s about what connects us as people and that’s the same qualities of a good book. We’re hoping to start a conversation and to get people to fall in love with novels again.

–Host, Meredith Vieira, The Great American Read

For The Great American Read funding opportunities see below,
for more information and program air dates/times click here.


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.

Before you apply

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

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Community Project Grants

Deadlines Notification Contract Period Funding Amount
3/16/2018 at 12pm EST 5/1/2018 5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019 Up to $5,000
5/18/2018 at 12pm EST 7/1/2018 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019 Up to $5,000
07/20/2018 at 12pm EST 9/1/2018 9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019 Up to $5,000
9/14/2018 at 12pm EST 10/15/2018 10/15/18 – 9/15/19 Up to $5,000

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.

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

Before beginning the application process, please review the general eligibility guidelines and grant requirements included below and in the “before you apply” section.

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The Great American Read

Application Deadline: August 1, 2018
Notification Date: August 15, 2018
Amount Available: Up to $3,000
Eligibility: Any Florida Public Library


THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences are encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles. The Great American Read premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 8/7c on PBS stations with a launch special, kicking off a summer of reading and voting.

Then in the fall, starting Sept. 11th, seven new episodes of the series will air as the quest to find America’s most beloved book moves into high gear. Episodes from the series will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book. The finale will air on Oct. 23rd. FHC and the Florida Library Association (FLA) are proud to co-sponsor the Florida public broadcast of this engaging series. To learn more about The Great American Read click here.

FHC, is offering grants to Florida public libraries to support programming associated with The Great American Read. We encourage partnerships with local public broadcast stations as well as other educational and literary organizations.

Grants will be awarded up to $3,000 for programming that will occur between September 1st and October 31, 2018. Grant funds may be used for expenses related to public programming, including: promotional and publicity costs, collection materials (e.g. books, DVDs), speaker/presenter fees, reading and discussion groups, watch parties, etc. Food and alcohol are ineligible expenses for use of FHC funds.

All applications must be submitted on-line. Instructions of how to create an on-line account are below. This is a competitive grant and limited funds are available. Applicants will be required to respond to the following narrative questions:

  • Describe the programming your library would like to implement in conjunction with “The Great American Read.” Include the general logistics related to the project, a timeline for all events, and any partnering organizations that will participate.
  • Describe your target audience and how you plan to market the project in your community. All public programming should be free and open to the public.
  • Identify the staff, including project director, and speakers/presenters that will participate in the project and their respective roles in the project.
  • Describe the expected impact of your project on the target audience and how you plan to evaluate its success.

Applicants must also submit a brief budget for the expenditure of grant funds. For questions about the grant, cost-share requirement, or how to apply, please contact Tyler Tarrant, 727-873-2040,

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Grant Forms and Resources

For all grantees:

The below forms and resources are for use by agencies that have been awarded a grant from FHC.

Final Reporting for Community Project Grant Partners:

All final reports can be found in the organization’s online account.

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Logo Use and Acknowledgement

Awarded funds are provided by the Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. All materials publicizing or resulting from award activities must contain an acknowledgement of the Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities support and carry the appropriate logo. The acknowledgement must also include the following statement:

“Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

When possible, publicity must also include one of the Florida Humanities Council logos below:



Funded Grants

2018 Grant Awards – Year to Date

April 2018 Community Project Grants

Key West Art & Historical Society, Inc. (Monroe)
Investigating Hemingway – $5,000

The Key West Art and Historical Society will present a series of public programs focused on the life and works of Hemingway and his legacy in Key West.

Ernest Hemingway on a deck, in 1939 or 1940. Photo by Toby Bruce. Courtest of the Key West Art and Historical Society.

Ernest Hemingway on a deck, in 1939 or 1940. Photo by Toby Bruce. Courtesy of the Key West Art and Historical Society.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (Saint Johns)
500 Years of Maritime Florida – $4,900

The St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program will host a lecture series dedicated to Florida’s 500-year maritime history and how Florida’s proximity to the sea continues to influence its future.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

Vickie O Heritage Productions Inc. (Manatee)
Newtown Alive – $3,300

Vicki O Heritage Productions will convert existing oral histories of the community’s African American residents into podcasts that will be accessible online and through a mobile app.

World Relief Jacksonville (Duval)
Remembering Refugees in Jacksonville, Florida: Oral History of Resettled Refugees – $4,800

World Relief Jacksonville, with assistance from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, will document interviews with refugees from various countries that have settled in Jacksonville over the past decade and share those stories through public programs.

This photo was taken in 2016 outside the office of WRJ with a group of volunteers who are themselves refugees. Photo credit: WRJ.

This photo was taken in 2016 outside the office of WRJ with a group of volunteers who are themselves refugees. Photo credit: WRJ.

February 2018 Community Project Grants

City of Tarpon Springs/Department of Arts & Historical Resources (Pinellas)
The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs Documentary – $5,000

The City of Tarpon Springs will complete production of a 30-minute documentary about the vibrant culture of the city’s Greek community. In addition to public viewings and discussions, the film will be made available for broadcast on PBS stations.

Gadsden Arts, Inc. (Gadsden)
Mark Messersmith: When No One is Looking – $5,000

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will present an exhibition featuring artwork by nationally acclaimed artist and FSU faculty member Mark Messersmith. Messersmith’s work presents Florida’s natural environment and native cultures in conflict with contemporary humankind. Complementary public programming will facilitate conversation about environmental challenges facing our state.

Polk Museum of Art, Inc. (Polk)
Goya, Picasso & the Heritage of Spain: Exploring Spanish Culture in Florida from 1513 to Today – $2,500

The Polk Museum of Art will host a panel discussion to coincide with a Masters of Spain exhibition featuring works of art by Goya and Picasso. A panel of noted scholars and historians will discuss the artists’ roles in creating popular images of Spanish culture and how those influences were later recognized in Florida.

St. Petersburg Preservation (Pinellas)
Unseen St. Pete: Hidden Faces and Unknown Places – $5,000

St. Petersburg Preservation will host a four-part lecture series that explores some overlooked aspects of the city’s development history. Lectures will include a look at how the community’s growth was influenced by the Gulf of Mexico; an overview of the mid-century architectural boom fueled by societal changes; and a look at the contributions of women and minorities to the city’s built environment.

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (Broward)
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals Exhibition – $5,000

The Stonewall Museum will host a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines Germany’s campaign of persecution and violence against homosexuals from 1933 to 1945. Complementary public programming will include a lecture on the topic by University of Florida Emeritus Professor of History Dr. Geoffrey Giles.

University of South Florida Humanities Institute (Hillsborough)
Frankenstein Turns 200 – $5,000

USF’s Humanities Institute will host a month-long series of public events to mark the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. Events will include film screenings, book clubs, a read-a-thon, and scholar lectures.

Previously funded grants

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