Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Community Project Grants

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Groups for Public Humanities Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Florida Humanities Council (FHC)

Deadline Date:

05/18/18 12:00 PM EST


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, educational institutions, and ad hoc groups for the planning and implementation of humanities projects serving public audiences. Applicants must respond to the needs of their local communities.

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.

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.”

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 grant projects that the Council funds 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.

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.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176640

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed within 12 months.

The contract period is March 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018 (deadline January 19, 2018) or July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 (deadline May 18, 2018).

All public programs supported by grant funds may not begin sooner than 6 weeks from the contract start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online by 12:00 PM (EST) on the due date.

-Deadline: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST
-Notification: March 1, 2018
-Contract Period: March 1, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019

-Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST
-Notification: July 1, 2018
-Contract Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

General grant questions:
Patricia Putman, Associate Director

Technical questions for the on‐line application:
Lisa Lennox, FHC Website Administrator

Florida Humanities Council
599 Second Street South
St Petersburg, FL 33701

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida