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Tampa Bay organizations among those to get Florida Humanities COVID-19 relief grants

More than $1 million will go to 129 Florida nonprofits, including 20 local organizations.
The Studio@620, shown here in 2014, received an American Rescue Plan relief grant from Florida Humanities.
The Studio@620, shown here in 2014, received an American Rescue Plan relief grant from Florida Humanities. [ Times (2014) ]
Published Nov. 9
Updated Nov. 10

Florida Humanities, the statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced that it has awarded $1.88 million to 129 organizations throughout the state, including some in the Tampa Bay area.

The National Endowment for the Humanities received $135 million from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Across the country, state humanities councils received a portion of those funds to support nonprofits that are still experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

This is the largest single grants initiative Florida Humanities has ever managed and the most funding it has ever distributed at one time. In 2020, it granted $875,000 to 100 organizations through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The funding is intended to meet operational needs. In a news release announcing the grants, Florida Humanities associate director Patricia Putman said focus was put on smaller organizations because without it, they are in danger of closing permanently.

The following are the local nonprofits that received the grants. The statewide listing is available here.


East Hillsborough Historical Society Inc. (Plant City): $7,500

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa): $25,000

Plant City Photo Archives (Plant City): $12,000

Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center (Tampa): $6,500

Ybor City Museum Society Inc. (Tampa): $24,500


The Woodson African American Museum of Florida (formerly known as the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum; St. Petersburg): $24,000

Dunedin Historical Museum Inc. (Dunedin): $25,000

Friends of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum (St. Pete Beach): $3,000

Gulfport Historical Society (Gulfport): $2,500

Keep St. Pete Lit (St. Petersburg): $8,500

Palm Harbor Historical Society (Palm Harbor): $5,000

Pinellas County African American History Museum (Clearwater): $3,500

St. Petersburg Preservation (St. Petersburg): $21,000

St. Petersburg Museum of History (St. Petersburg): $25,000

Studio@620 Inc. (St. Petersburg): $25,000

Your Real Stories Inc. (St. Petersburg): $11,000


Brooksville Vision Foundation (Brooksville): $19,500

Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Inc. (Weeki Wachee): $14,500

GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club (Brooksville): $2,500


Pioneer Florida Museum Association Inc. (Dade City): $15,000