The VFH Grant Program responds directly to the interests and concerns of local communities in Virginia, and to the needs of the educational organizations that serve them. Grants provide financial support for exhibits, research, public forums and discussions, and media programs that range from films and videos to radio broadcasts and digital projects. In cities and counties across the state, VFH grants help make possible publications, teachers’ institutes, conferences and seminars, as well as oral history projects and the other kinds of programs that draw on the resources of the humanities, addressing important contemporary issues and enriching the cultural life of the state.
In the roster of recently funded awards you’ll find we helped fund a workshop on the musical traditions of Southwestern Virginia as well as an exploration of new directions in African American poets. Other recent VFH grants support research that reaches back into the history of seed saving at Monticello and to a 19th century Shenandoah Valley dressmaker, the daughter of enslaved parents. But we are equally excited to support projects on the Tidewater area women whose mathematical talents allowed them to function as “human computers” during the early days of the U.S. space program and the experience of returning veterans.
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 online Application Guidelines. VFH staff is also available to provide assistance and advice.