VFH Grants – Exploring History, Mapping Knowledge


Nannie Louise Pinchback, a Danville recreation department employee in 1963, was dismissed for her participation in protests, and wrote a moving account of her experience in jail.  Photo by Tom Cogill

Nannie Louise Pinchback – Danville city employee dismissed for her participation in protests in 1963.
Photo by Tom Cogill

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 March, the VFH Board of Directors awarded five Open Grants to the following organizations:

Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and American Studies
Charlottesville/ Danville
“Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, VA 1945-1975” will be an exhibit and offer related public programs marking the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Danville civil rights protests.

Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Islands Center
Eastern Shore
The BIC plans to produce a documentary film on the history and current status of commercial and sport fishing, as well as the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Historical Society of Western Virginia
“Cotton to Silk: Oral Histories of African American Workers on the Norfolk & Western Railroad” will document the experiences of African Americans who worked on the railroads in the Roanoke Valley during the mid to late 20th century.

Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society, Inc.
The museum received funds to plan for an interpretive exhibit and related teaching materials, using original sources documents to explore the larger story of Middlesex County history.

Fairfield Foundation
White Marsh/Gloucester
VFH funding will support the oral history portion of a larger project, namely documenting the cultural history and landscape of Edge Hill Service Station, a 1930s-era service station, now a landmark in Gloucester’s downtown historic district.

VFH Grants

VFH accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to develop public humanities programs for audiences in Virginia. Open Grant program deadlines are April 15th and October 15th.