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Florida Humanities Announces New Emergency Relief Grants for Humanities Organizations Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Published Jul 27, 2021

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Florida Humanities offers up to $2 million in grant funding for general operating support.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Florida Humanities has announced the opening of their American Rescue Plan grants, offering up to $2 million in grant funding to humanities organizations that continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) by Congress on March 15, 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $135 million in federal funding to assist humanities organizations across the country affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The state humanities councils, including Florida Humanities, each received a portion of the NEH award to provide immediate funding in their respective states to museums, archives, historic sites and other humanities-focused nonprofits that continue to experience financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19.

Florida Humanities’ American Rescue Plan grants will direct funds to eligible organizations for short-term, general operating support. Funding is intended to meet immediate operational needs in order for organizations to maintain delivery of public humanities programming and resources in their communities.

Funding is available for general operating support, such as salaries for internal staff and contracted employees, rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, and technology. Awards will be up to $25,000 for eligible organizations with annual budgets of less than $2 million. Applications will only be accepted from organizations such as museums, archives, historical societies and cultural centers whose primary mission is humanities-focused or can demonstrate a substantial track record of regularly occurring public humanities work. All applicants must also be able to demonstrate continued financial hardship due to the direct effects of the pandemic.

Applications for the Florida Humanities’ American Rescue Plan grant are due September 1, 2021, at 12 p.m. EDT. There will also be a virtual informational webinar on July 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT that potential applicants are encouraged to attend.

To review the full eligibility requirements and application instructions, as well as register for the virtual informational webinar, please visit

Patricia Putman
Florida Humanities

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