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2020 Grant Recipients


COVID-19 Long-Term Grant Recipients

  • Apalachicola Main Street, Inc. will use grant funds for project management costs associate with an exhibit and state historical marker dedicated to Moses Roper who was once a Florida slave but escaped, travelled to England, and went on to publish one of the best-selling slave narratives in history. He dedicated his life to abolition, lecturing 2,000 times across the British Isles to raise awareness of the plight of slaves. The exhibit will be complemented by a virtual panel discussion and virtual tour of British sites significant to Roper’s work in addition to digitally mapping Roper’s life events as part of the exhibit.

  • City of Tallahassee for Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority will use grant funds to create a walking history tour by wrapping utility, electric and traffic control boxes with historical photos and engage the community by providing statements about the significance of Tallahassee’s history to place on the boxes.  Increasing the amount of public art downtown will not only enhance Tallahassee’s downtown but it will creatively share an inclusive history of our community as well as abate graffiti by replacing vandalism with themed, cohesive art education.

  • Domi Education will provided educational programs linking multi-disciplinary artists with solid evidence about what works to build a sustainable artistic-based income, as most public events for the arts have vanished due to the pandemic. Domi Station and COCA will collaboratively launch a new virtual opportunity for artists to learn from successful artist entrepreneurs what worked to build their businesses and what new methods provide an opportunity for the potential growth of the entrepreneur’s artistic endeavor. 

  • First Amendment Foundation works for open government, public access to records, freedom of the press and speech, and participatory democracy.  Due to COVID-19, memberships have declined but the work has increased. Grant funds will be used to support virtual events with Florida journalists and authors including Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry as well as Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald to discuss her investigative coverage of the Jeffrey Epstein story.   

  • FSU Museum of Fine Arts will use grant funds to cover expenses associated with virtual public programs and fees for artists engaged in creative projects and participatory educational events. MoFA is using funds to compensate artists, designers, and other persons engaged in creative professions for their time and talents development and implementing public arts programming including live guest artist talks available for free online to all audiences, Live “Make It at MoFA” events and to commission a mural from a regional artist for MoFA’s exterior courtyard.

  • Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will be used to sustain program staff needed to design and implement educational and cultural programs for three major exhibitions of national historic scope and importance including Hofmann to Warhol: Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art in a Post-WWII America, America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscape, and Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity.

  • John G. Riley Center & Museum was forced to close on March 17, 2020.  Grant funds will be used for preparation of exhibits, documentaries, heritage trails and other productions to complete “Legacy and Learning” and other programs of the JGRCM.  “Legacy and Learning” will be a virtual exhibit linked to Leon County Schools in Fall 2020. It also includes an unveiling of four additional Frenchtown historical markers and JGRCM’s annual Blended Lives program.  In Spring 2021, JGRCM’s website will launch Emancipation in Florida – Freedom Drumbeat and subsequent corresponding programming.

  • St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church on behalf of The Tallahassee Community Remembrance Project is a group of 40 member organizations committed to remembering the four documented African American lynching victims from Leon County, Florida.  Grant funds will enable the TCRP to retain the services of an architect/engineer to design the base for a narrative marker and monument and to create a landscape design including simple outdoor lighting surrounding the marker/monument site.  The narrative marker/monument (identical to the one housed at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL) will be installed in Cascades Park in 2021 and after its unveiling and dedication, a service of repentance, reconciliation and healing will take place at the Cascades Park amphitheater.  TCRP is working with school administrators and teachers to include information concerning Leon County lynchings in history curricula.

  • The Village Square (long & short-term awards) will use grant funds to fill the gap in journalism in our community to explore the racial turmoil in our community, particularly between the African American community and law enforcement and to conduct a deep dive into the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace – in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.  All content will be made available to local media free of charge. The Village Square will partner with the Tallahassee Democrat and other relevant community organizations to offer a public-facing digital Zoom Town Hall to discuss this significant reporting that serves to humanize the crises we are facing – serving to better inform and engage the community, increase empathy and heal divisions.

  • Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra cancelled all remaining activities for 2020, including a large outdoor Pops in the Park concert, a season finale featuring one of the most celebrated pianists in the world, Garrick Ohlsson, and several fundraising events. Events were pivoted to an entirely virtual 2020-21 season which has included researching and subscribing to a streaming platform, having a better understanding of videography and sound production as it pertains to streaming, educating audiences on how to use streaming platform and working in the digital space as TSO prepares for the 2020-21 season.


COVID-19 Short-Term Grant Recipients

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend will use grant funds to provide Chromebooks to you in their program to help youth keep up with virtual learning.  Grant funds will also enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue supporting matches already established and to provide the youth with emotional support and enable success in the virtual classroom.  The grant will help provide an additional 100 Chromebooks to youth in the program.

  • Domi Education provides resources for start-up and small businesses and will use funds for the ongoing rollout of online programs, curriculum licensing fees, software and course materials, and general operating support.  Domi’s community and educational programs include online versions of their incubation programs, Gear Up and Ascend, as well as an innovative portal where members can schedule virtual one-on-one meetings with mentors. 

  • Foundation4ARTS provides after-school programming with a variety of class choices including language and science; sewing and crafts; karate and fitness; dance, theater and gymnastics; gardening and cooking; art and clay; and computer technology.  Due to COVID-19 and the inability to meet in person, the curriculum has been revamped to concentrate more on helping students complete homework packets in the absence of a daily classroom setting.  Funds will be used to purchase laptops, and improve computer technology performance to continue to provide services to children while their parents work.

  • Gadsden Arts Center & Museum closed the facility due to COVID-19 but launched virtual programming called Gadsden Arts @ Home featuring at home art activities, recorded video presentations of art and current exhibitions, archived video tours from Gadsden Arts, and resources from around the world; and live, interactive Art Talks Live! Presentations.  IN the first month, the program served 4,800 participants and created arts sets with activity instruction for students who participate in their ArtReach After School programs.

  • LeMoyne Art Foundation, Inc. was forced to cancel their largest fundraiser, LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival, which represents one-third of their annual operating budget, as well as studio art classes and art camps.  LeMoyne has moved all of its programing online and is launching an online art competition encouraging people of all ages to create art that expresses their experience with the epidemic and its impact on our world.

  • Leon County Research & Development Authority/Innovation Park & North Florida Innovation Labs closed operations in late March 2020 due to COVID-19 but the wet lab facility remained open to assist in efforts combatting COVID-19.  The laboratory tenant, Quarry Bio, pivoted their business model to switch from providing high resolution, low-cost epitope mapping and protein structure analysis to producing lab-made hand sanitizer to help protect the Tallahassee community.  Additional personnel were added, more lab space secured and production increased to meet extraordinary demand.  Grant funds will be used to equip new wet laboratory space with glassware and common-use equipment.  Lab space is where preventative chemical solutions, vaccines, drugs and other innovations can be created, tested, analyzed and ultimately distributed to healthcare providers in order to combat the virus.


  • WFSU Public Media has long supported our community with hands-on programs and projects as part of their PBS Ready to Learn work.  WFSU Public Media completely changed their broadcast to meet the needs of families.  All programs are created with the at-risk child and family in mind.  Children can access PBS KIDS or other PBS programming free of charge as it now supports student learning from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  WFSU provides an at-home curriculum on their Facebook page and their Facebook educator group “Tally Teach Talk” shares content that educators can use from WFSU partners, from like-minded educational institutions and fellow PBS stations.  These resources can be used by educators to construct lesson plans based on the broadcasts, or by parents that may need to supplement teacher-provided packets and online instruction.