Published April 10, 2020

As part of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received crisis funding to support the work of humanities organizations and scholars. Of the $75 million going to NEH, $30 million will be distributed to the nation’s network of 56 state and territorial humanities councils, of which Virginia Humanities is one.

With this funding, humanities councils will provide relief support in the form of emergency grants to museums, historical societies, heritage sites, and other humanities-based nonprofit organizations. We don’t yet know exactly how much Virginia Humanities will receive for regranting, but will share that information when we have it.

In order to help us understand the needs of our humanities community and before guidelines about the application process are completed, we’re asking our partners to take a few moments to respond to this brief survey about their current and future needs.

We encourage you to complete the survey whether or not you are certain you will apply. It will help inform the best ways we can serve the state with this funding.

You can complete the survey anonymously. If you do provide your name and contact information we will use that to alert you to the application process which we anticipate opening on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Please join us in thanking our congressional representatives, the NEH, and Chairman Peede for their part in prioritizing the work that we all do.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.