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.

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: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

So what are the humanities?

The humanities involve the exploration of the human experience by helping people study, tell, interpret, analyze, and document human history and culture—ancient, modern, and everything in-between.

The founding legislation of the National Endowment for the Humanities offers an expansive definition of the humanities: “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

Is my organization eligible?

Any Florida organization constituted for nonprofit purposes may apply for funding. It is not necessary that organizations be incorporated or have tax-exempt status. Proof of nonprofit status will be required of all approved applicants.

Examples of eligible organizations include libraries, historical societies, museums, local arts and humanities councils, civic and service organizations, public radio and television stations, educational institutions, local government agencies, and ad hoc groups. Academic institutions that submit applications are strongly encouraged to collaborate with community groups.

Applicants may not have a currently open Florida Humanities Council grant.

Individuals may not apply for funding at this time.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

All projects, unless otherwise specified under a special initiative, 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 topics and/or of interest to Floridians

The grants projects that we fund must be designed for and open to a general public audience. Typically all programs are free of charge, however modest fees that do not present a barrier to participation will be considered.

Project formats vary, and multiple formats may be combined in one proposal. Recently funded projects have included: lecture series and panel discussions; interpretive exhibits; walking tours, maps and brochures; oral history projects; book and film discussions; and civic engagement forums or town meetings that encourage public debate and discussion. To complement and extend the reach of public programming, some grants have supported the development of print and/or electronic resources such as reading lists, recordings of scholar presentations, classroom resources, and technology projects.

What types of expenses and activities are NOT funded?

The following expenses and/or activities are currently not eligible for FHC funding:

  • indirect costs
  • political action or advocacy
  • fundraising events or products
  • purchase of real property
  • building construction, maintenance, renovation or preservation
  • major acquisitions that are not essential to the success of the project
  • projects not available to the general public
  • projects or programs with fees that present a barrier to public participation
  • programs designed exclusively for, or created by, children
  • visual or performing-arts programs that do not include opportunities for analysis and interpretation
  • scholarly research projects or academic or professional conferences
  • publications not directly related to humanities programming
  • refreshments or entertainment
  • expenses incurred or paid out before a grant award is made
  • scholarships and awards

Additional eligibility requirements or restrictions may be noted for special initiative grants.

How are grants reviewed?

All proposals are reviewed by our staff and members of our board of directors. Notification of funding decisions is made in writing by the date specified. Unfortunately, we always receive more applications than we can fund. Approved projects may receive full or partial funding, are awarded on a competitive basis, and are dependent on the availability of federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you do not receive funding, you may request copies of the evaluators’ comments.

Is help available with the application process?

If you are uncertain about any phase of the application process, please contact us. We are happy to provide guidance via phone about completing an application, determining eligibility, discussing project ideas, addressing budgetary questions, and troubleshooting technical difficulties with electronic forms. Staff comments and suggestions are based solely on prior experience with grant-review sessions that have included board members. Adherence to staff suggestions does not guarantee approval.

Upcoming Deadlines

2019 Deadlines Notification Contract Period Funding Amount
09/16/2019 at 12pm EST 10/31/2019 10/31/2019 – 10/31/2020 Up to $5,000
11/15/2019 at 12pm EST 01/01/2020 01/01/2020 – 01/01/2021 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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