Community Project Grant
Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Groups for Public Humanities Programming
and Groups for Public Humanities Programming
Foundation / Corporation
Florida Humanities Council (FHC)
08/15/17 Noon (EST)
Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, educational institutions, and groups for public humanities engagement. Funding is available for the planning and implementation of activities such as reading and discussion groups, lecture series and panel discussions, oral history projects, film series, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming.
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
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.”
The grants projects funded 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.
Up to $5,000
All proposed public programs cannot occur sooner than 6 weeks from the award notification date.
All projects must be completed within 12 months.
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:
-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
The application deadline is August 15, 2017 at Noon (EST)
Notifications will be issued one month after the deadline.
Before beginning the application process, please review the following general eligibility guidelines and grant requirements:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
General grant questions:
Patricia Putman, Associate Director
Technical questions for the on‐line application:
Lisa Lennox, FHC Website Administrator
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