Notices to Prospective Applicants and Grantees

Our application deadlines for Spring & Fall (now Summer & Winter) grants have changed. Details »

Announcing Twenty-Five New Grants

$181,500 awarded between July 2020 and January 2021

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.

Summer & Winter Grants

  • Summer Grant Cycle
    • Letter of Intent Due: May 15
    • Application Deadline: July 15
    • Decisions by Mid-September
  • Winter Grant Cycle
    • Letter of Intent Due: November 15
    • Application Deadline: January 15
    • Decisions by Mid-March
  • Maximum request: $20,000
  • Most Summer and Winter 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 summer or winter 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 »

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