The Florida Catholic recently received a $15,000 grant from the Koch Foundation of Gainesville, Florida. The Florida Catholic was seeking a grant for the sake of preserving the rich history of the Florida Catholic’s 70-years of archived newspapers, photos, documents, and letters. The Florida Catholic was seeking an Internet-based content delivery process so that the entire Catholic community can access its publication’s archival documents through The Florida Catholic website. Through today’s technological advances, there is now digital archive software available for publication companies to better preserve the valuable history of their product.
The entire Catholic community including individuals, parishes, and schools will benefit from the purchase of this new digital archive software that would be subsidized by this grant. The Florida Catholic has a wealth of history regarding the Catholic Church in Florida that dates from 1939 to present. The archive collection also includes information on the national and international scene dating back to World War I. Proper archiving will serve as a powerful resource and allow individuals, schools and parishes to access information that right now is unavailable.
The Florida Catholic publishes on a bi-weekly basis for the Dioceses of Orlando, Palm Beach and Venice, and on a monthly basis for the Archdiocese of Miami. The Florida Catholic ministry continues to be available 24/7 through their online edition at www.thefloridacatholic.org.
This grant proposal process was a team effort of The Florida Catholic staff led by Executive Assistant, Christine Shields.