CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act) Grants Program

Columbia Pike Project – Photo by Lloyd Wolf

Applications for CARES Act grants closed Thursday April 30.

$599,500 in awards were announced on May 14, 2020.

Other Grant Opportunities

Our CARES Act grants have been awarded, but organizations can still apply to our Open and Discretionary grants programs for humanities-based projects. Details on both programs is below.

Notice to Prospective Applicants

February 18, 2020: Our grant guidelines and application process are undergoing revisions. The limit on Open Grant requests has been increased to $20,000 and beginning July 1, 2020, the limit on Discretionary Grants will increase to $5,000. The current limit of $3,000 remains in effect until then. More ยป

About the Grants Program

Virginia Humanities accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to develop public humanities programs for audiences in Virginia.

Since 1974, Virginia Humanities has awarded more than 3,500 grants, bringing scholars and citizens together to promote a greater understanding of the humanities.

Grant Opportunities

Open Grant Program Open to proposals on a wide range of subjects, for projects in any format, and for amounts typically up to $10,000. Deadlines are April 15th (extended to April 24th 2020) and October 15th. Review our Open Grant guidelines before applying.

Discretionary Grant Program Smaller grants of up to $3,000. There is no deadline for this program; applications are accepted at any time.


Applicants should contact Virginia Humanities Grants staff at grants@virginiahumanities.org or 434-924-3296 in advance of submitting Discretionary or Open Grant proposals. Draft proposals are strongly encouraged for all applications.


Grant Resources

For Applicants