Virginia Foundation for the Humanities accepts grant proposals from nonprofit organizations large and small. Since 1974, we have awarded more than 3,000 grants to museums, public libraries, local historical societies, colleges and universities, and other organizations in every region of Virginia—and occasionally beyond.
Our grants explore the histories, traditions, and communities that make up the Commonwealth, as well as books, films, many forms of cultural expression, and the issues and questions that are at the core of the human experience.
VFH Open Grants are awarded in three cycles each year—in March, June, and December. Discretionary Grant proposals are accepted year-round. Prospective applicants should see our applications guidelines; the VFH staff is also available to provide assistance and advice.
In December, the VFH Board of Directors awarded nine Open Grants to the following organizations:
Planning and research leading to the creation of a new, permanent exhibit on the folkways of the Southern Virginia Blue Ridge.
Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Research and oral history interviews leading to the creation of a new Virginia section for the online Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Life.
National Council for History Education
Support for tuition scholarships allowing twenty-six Virginia K–12 teachers to attend a three-day national conference, held in Richmond, on the subject of “Emancipation and Human Rights in History.”
Prince George County Regional Heritage Center
Prince George ($3,500)
A series of oral history interviews, digitization of historic documents, and a one-day cultural festival, all focusing on the history and cultural traditions of the Czech and Slovak communities in Prince George and neighboring Virginia counties.
Stone Soup Productions
Washington, D.C. ($1,000)
Research and interviews leading to the development of a script treatment for a documentary film that weaves together the life stories of two musical prodigies, one African American, the other Afro-European.
The Museum of the Confederacy
A five-day teachers’ institute exploring American Civil War history and providing teachers with SOL-related resources for classroom use; this summer focuses on 1863 as the turning point of the war.
Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Foundation
A one-day conference titled “The American Civil War at Home,” the fifth in an annual series of conferences on the history and contemporary meanings of the Civil War.
WVTF Public Radio
Research and production of a radio documentary focusing on sites of recreation for African Americans during the period of racial segregation.
YWCA of Central Virginia
Research leading to publication of a book on the history of the Lynchburg YWCAs, connecting local history with the larger state and national stories of “The Y.”
To learn more about grants funded in the past five years, explore our Across the Commonwealth map, which provides program details by location.