Florida Humanities Council Announces Grants for Cultural Programming

From the Florida Humanities Council:

The Florida Humanities Council is pleased to award $39,100 in Community Project Grants to nine Florida organizations in support of vital humanities programming. In addition to this direct support, each organization presented a cash or in-kind match with their project, bringing an additional $74,586 to the table which will further support local communities.

Community Project Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding to nonprofits and public institutions across Florida to develop and implement humanities-rich public programs that meet the needs of local communities. At their core, these competitive grants seek to preserve Florida’s diverse history and heritage, promote civic engagement and community dialogue, and provide communities the opportunity to reflect on the future of the Sunshine State.

The newly awarded grants are listed below, alphabetically by sponsoring organization. For a complete list of grants funded this year, click here.

Aucilla Research Institute, Inc. (Jefferson County)
First Floridian Series “Old Stories and New Discoveries” – $5,000

The Aucilla Research Institute, Inc. will host a free, public conference on October 4-5 in Monticello, Florida, titled, “First Floridian Series: Old Stories and New Discoveries,” which brings 17 prominent scholars to present to the public, as well as an exhibit on Dr. Richard Ohmes’s paintings and sculptures.

Brevard County Libraries/ Eau Gallie (Brevard County)
trueFLORIDA – $5,000

Brevard County Libraries/Eau Gallie will host trueFLORIDA, a series celebrating what it means to be a Floridian through community conversations and book discussions that explore Florida’s history and future.

Friends of the Palm Beach County Library (Palm Beach County)
Book + Art – $4,300

The Friends of Palm Beach County Library will host “Book + Art” in partnership with the Norton Museum of Art, inviting readers and art enthusiasts to engage and share their thoughts on thematic connections in an innovative hybrid book discussion and gallery talk.

Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership (Bay County)
Hurricane Michael – $3,000

The Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership will create and install an interpretive exhibition highlighting the stories of local St. Andrews community members who were impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Ormond Beach Historical Society, Inc. (Volusia County)
Florida Speaker Program – $4,300

The Ormond Beach Historical Society, Inc. will host a robust speaker program, featuring nine free public programs from authors and historians who will speak on the history and culture of Florida.

Saint Petersburg Preservation (Pinellas County)
Walkable City – $2,500

Saint Petersburg Preservation (Preserve the ‘Burg) will redesign and reprint the popular walking tour booklet, with the release timed with a much-anticipated presentation and conversation with nationally recognized urban planner Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City.

Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education (Pinellas County)
American Democracy in Florida – $5,000

The St. Petersburg Times Newspaper in Education (NIE) will create and print copies of a special NIE publication, “American Democracy in Florida,” an original, Florida-focused social studies/civic educational component based around the themes of the Museum on Main Street exhibit, “American Democracy.”

University of Central Florida Board of Trustees (Orange County)
Literature the Consoler: the Humanities as Mental Health Aid – $5,000

The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees will host “Literature, the Consoler,” a 10-week workshop series in partnership with the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, using literature, creative writing, and art to help people in the Central Florida community experiencing mental health difficulties.

Your Real Stories, Inc. (Pinellas County)
Marriage Stories: Past, Present, and Future – $5,000

Your Real Stories, Inc. will present “Marriage Stories: Past, Present and Future,” telling the stories of four different couples and the unique journeys, challenges, and successes they have faced as they work toward acceptance and equality within marriage.

Got Humanities? Support your local history
and culture with a Community Project Grant!

Upcoming fall 2019 Deadlines:

  • September 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon)
  • November 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon)

2020 deadlines to be announced shortly. Please contact Lindsey Morrison, Grants Coordinator, at lmorrison@flahum.org for more information.