Published March 12, 2020

Updated: 12/9/2021

At Virginia Humanities, we are committed to exploring the history, culture, and traditions of our communities, but we believe that public health and safety should be everyone’s top priority. At this time, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is a global crisis that continues to affect people all across Virginia.

Virginia Humanities is affiliated with the University of Virginia (UVA) and is following all UVA policies and procedures related to the Coronavirus. We are also following all state guidelines issued by Governor Northam. Our staff is beginning to return to the office and is transitioning from working at home. We have moved into our new location at Dairy Market and our office is open by appointment.

Current guidelines recommend masks be worn at indoor public events regardless of vaccination status for areas identified as “substantial” or “high” transmission zones. You can check the status of your local area on this map from the CDC.

Emergency Funding

In 2020 we provided more than $600,000 in grants to 112 museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across the state.

The funds were part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and were designed to provide emergency operating funds to humanities-based organizations that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November 2021, we announced $950,600 in grants to eighty-three Virginia nonprofits. The grants were part of the SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan).

Both the CARES and SHARP programs were administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities and approved by Congress. We are  grateful to Congress for their continued support  of the public humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson.

Grantees and Partners

Virginia Humanities grant recipients are required to follow all CDC and Virginia guidelines regarding COVID safety for all in-person events. Given the distribution of our grantees across the state, we are unable to verify compliance at specific events. If you choose to attend in-person events, please take reasonable precautions.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.