Published June 21, 2023

Charlottesville, VA—Today, Virginia Humanities announced $25,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth.

“We’re honored to be able to provide much-needed funding for these projects,” said Sue Perdue, director of Grants and Fellowships and Virginia Humanities’ chief information officer. “We launched this Rapid Grants program last year to help organizations quickly get the funding they need to start their projects.”

Virginia Humanities Rapid Grants are awarded four times a year. The Rapid Grants program provides up to $5,000 for short-term projects with a duration of up to nine months. To learn more about Virginia Humanities’ grants program, visit VirginiaHumanities.org/grants.

The following projects received grants from Virginia Humanities between April and June 2023:

Living Traditions Festival: Arts Tell Our Story: Floyd Center for the Arts ($5,000)
Floyd, Virginia

A festival showcasing traditional folk arts to raise awareness for their continued practice and preservation.

Charlottesville Music Scene Zine Series: WTJU at the University of Virginia ($5,000)
Charlottesville, Virginia

A series of zines that document eleven of Charlottesville’s music venues. The zine series will give a nod to the long shadow cast by the Dave Matthews Band in the 1990s while delving into the people, places, and stories that keep the local music scene alive and thriving today.

Everybody’s Got a Story Festival: Hampton Storytelling ($5,000)
Hampton, Virginia

This ten-day event is aimed at introducing the art of storytelling to the city of Hampton, Virginia. The festival will consist of four main components, including a national and regional storytelling showcase, a storytelling academy for adults, teens, and children, a local storyteller showcase, and the creation of a storytelling movement.

Fall for the Book Festival: Fall for the Book Inc. ($5,000)
Fairfax, Virginia

In its 25th year, the festival features a diverse lineup of writers and genres and includes in-person programming, as well as 2-5 virtual or hybrid events.

Poetry in the Parks Program: Arts Council of Fairfax County, Inc. ($5,000)
Fairfax, Virginia

This project includes community poetry readings and workshops, as well as the installation of poetry plaques at four Fairfax County parks. The project will be led by Fairfax Poet Laureate Danielle Badra, with the aim of promoting poetry and making it more accessible to residents of Fairfax County and other neighboring jurisdictions.

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