Published March 12, 2020

Updated: 8/4/2021

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 are still moving into our new location at Dairy Market and our office remains closed to the public. We hope to be able welcome you in person, soon!

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) passed by Congress in March and were designed to provide emergency operating funds to humanities-based organizations that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are accepting applications through August 16 for an additional $900k in American Rescue Plan funds. See our grants webpage for details.

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.