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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 grant opportunities open for submissions. The next application will be available on September 1.

Grant Opportunities

Regular Grants

Two times per year

  • Awards between $5,000-$20,000 
  • Intended for projects lasting up to twelve months 
  • 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 within forty-five days 

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 
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: September 30, 2022; December 31, 2022; and March 31, 2023  
  • Decisions announced within thirty-one days 

New for 2022 Grant Applicants!

  • Applicants will complete a simple eligibility questionnaire.  
  • Awards will be paid in full in one installment shortly after decisions are announced.  
  • The format for the narrative portion of the application has been streamlined.  
  • Review criteria will be provided on the application site.
  • Applications will be peer reviewed by former grantees and community partners, as well as by Virginia Humanities Board and staff, as part of the decision-making process.   
  • No interim reports will be required.  

Virtual Office Hours

Dates and time for upcoming sessions to be announced in late August in time for the next Rapid Grant Cycle opening September 1, 2022

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, Coordinator for Fellowships and Grants, 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.

Recent Grants

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