Notices to Prospective Applicants

  • Beneath the Surface grant workshop registration is now open for the October 22 session
  • Our online application forms (for Rolling Grants and Beneath the Surface Grants only) are now open. Letters of Intent must be submitted for all Rolling Grant applications. If you are a current grantee, all reporting forms are available.
  • The fall application deadline has been extended to October 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • CARES Act Final Reports are due on December 1, 2020

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the grants program staff at

Grant Opportunities

Applicants should contact Virginia Humanities Grants staff at or 434-924-3296 in advance of submitting proposals. Draft proposals are strongly encouraged for all applications.

Spring & Fall Grants

  • Spring Deadline: April 15, decisions in early June
  • Fall Deadline: October 15, decisions in early December (deadline extended to October 23 for  2020 applications)
  • Maximum request: $20,000
  • Most Spring and Fall grants are in the $5,000–$10,000 range
  • Additional requirements for requests greater than $10,000 (see grant manual for details)

Rolling Grants

These grants are awarded between regular cycles.

  • Proposals may be submitted at any time.  Decisions typically within 2-3 weeks
  • Maximum request: $5,000
  • Most rolling grants are in the $2,000-$3,000 range
  • Rolling grants support: planning, first step(s) or phase(s) in a larger project, programs or activities that take place before the next spring or fall grant review period

Beneath the Surface

This one-time grant opportunity is the result of a partnership between Virginia Humanities and The Hampton Roads Community Foundation (HRCF) to address issues surrounding race and the history of race in the communities of South Hampton Roads. More »

Two virtual grant-writing / Q & A workshops are being offered. These two workshops will cover the same information, so please register for one session only.

Beneath the Surface Deadlines

  • Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Funding Decisions: January 30, 2021
  • Grant Period: February 1, 2021 – March 1, 2022

Note: Letters of intent are not required for Beneath the Surface grants.

Grant Resources

For Applicants

For Grant Recipients