Picture a map of Virginia covered with lights.
If every light shows one place where a VFH grant has made a difference, whether it’s to an organization, a community, a region, or across the Commonwealth and far beyond, then the whole state would be set aglow.
Our grants can be a spark, a bridge, a long-awaited opportunity. They create new resources in the form of books, exhibits, films, radio programs, oral histories, public forums and lectures, teachers’ institutes, and digital media.
They also create new capacities within the organizations who receive them and new ways of understanding Virginia and the world.
They bring the humanities down from the ivory tower and into the familiar spheres of everyday life.
VFH grants also promote economic development and tourism. They help to raise and leverage other funds. Many times, ours is the first grant to support a fledgling project. Sometimes, ours is the first grant an organization has ever received.
The impact of our support can extend across the state or years into the future.
One excellent example is a documentary film on peanut agriculture in the region known as Western Tidewater, a region that includes the cities of Suffolk and Franklin and the counties of Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and Isle of Wight.
In Western Tidewater, peanuts are as important as coal is in Appalachia, as fisheries are along the Eastern Shore, or as bright leaf tobacco once was in the counties of Virginia’s Old Belt region.
Interview and other footage collected by the filmmaker Amy Broad with VFH grant support shows the human side of the peanut story and why this story matters, not just in Western Tidewater but to all of Virginia and beyond.
Grants from VFH to Paul D. Camp Community College have helped make this work possible.
VFH Open Grants are awarded in two cycles each year—in December and June. Discretionary Grant proposals are accepted year-round. Prospective applicants should consult our Application Guidelines. The VFH staff is also available to provide assistance and advice.
We are proud of the work our grant-funded programs accomplish, and grateful for the many partnership opportunities they create.