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About Our Grants

Our grants support projects that explore the stories of Virginia—its history, people, communities, and cultural traditions—as well as issues and questions that impact the lives of Virginians in the present day.

There are currently no open grant opportunities. The next application will open on December 1. See below for more details.

Grant Opportunities

Regular Grants

Two times per year

  • Awards between $5,000-$20,000 
  • Intended for projects lasting up to twelve months 
  • Next Application Open: December 1, 2022
  • Next Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
  • Draft Review Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2023. Make sure to request a draft review within the grant application itself.
  • Decisions announced Friday, March 10, 2023 

Rapid Grants

Four times per year

  • Awards up to $5,000 
  • Provides faster funding for projects with a smaller scope and duration 
  • Intended for projects lasting up to nine months 
  • Next Application Open: December 1, 2022
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: December 31, 2022; April 30, 2023; and July 31, 2023  
  • Decisions announced within thirty-one days 

Grant Funded Activities

  • Community forums and public discussions, including book or film discussion programs
  • Community history projects, including oral histories
  • Conferences and symposia, academic conferences where there is a strong public component
  • Curriculum resources for K-12 classroom use
  • Exhibits—physical and/or online   
  • Festivals and interpretive performances
  • Institutes and similar programs for teachers
  • Lectures and lecture series
  • Media programs: production of films, script development, videos, television, radio, podcasts, websites, or digital media  
  • Project planning
  • Print publications—books, brochures, exhibit catalogs, and interpretive maps   
  • Research that leads to programs having a direct public audience   
  • Travel expenses for project personnel (mileage and meals) 

Virtual Office Hours

Join us for a virtual office hours. We will give an overview of the application process in the first 20 minutes followed by time for Q & A. You will need to register for this session. Attendance at the session is not required for applicants but intended as help session and to answer questions. You will be asked the passcode to join the meeting. 

Upcoming Office Hours: Tuesday, December 6, 2:00 PM (EST)

Contact a member of the Grants Team

Sue Perdue, Director of Grants and Fellowships, ssh8a@virginia.edu

Carolyn Cades, Senior Associate Director of Grants, cce9t@virginia.edu

Adam Courville, Assistant Director of Grants & Fellowships, eng9kw@virginia.edu

Grantee Spotlight

Courtesy Hardwired Global

Helping Teens Make Sense of the Refugee Experience

An innovative program uses the imaginary world of “Fruitopia” to help refugee and non-refugee teens better understand each other.

We recently caught up with Victoria Tiggas, outreach and development officer at Hardwired Global, to find out how the project went.

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