About Virginia Humanities 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. 

Grant Opportunities

Regular Grants

  • Two times a year
  • Awards $5,000 – $20,000 
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) required

Rapid Grants

  • Four times a year
  • Awards up to $5,000
  • No LOI required

Virginia 250

  • Application opens March 15, 2024
  • Awards up to $10,000
  • No LOI required

Other Funding Opportunities


  • Accepted on a rolling basis; reviewed monthly
  • Provides funding for single or multi-day events with a strong humanities focus 
  • Awards up to $2,000


The fellowships program helps writers, community scholars, educators, and university faculty members uncover stories about Virginia’s history and culture. We currently offer three fellowship opportunities: Public Humanities Fellowships; Virginia HBCU Scholars Fellowships; and K–12 Educator Fellowships.

Folklife Apprenticeships

The Virginia Folklife Program invites people who are experienced in a cultural tradition to consider teaching another community member through the Folklife Apprenticeship Program. We provide funding for an artist who is considered a master of a tradition to train an apprentice of their choosing.

Need Help?

Adam Courville

Director of Grants and Fellowships