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.
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.”
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.
- 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.
- 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.