Virginia Humanities 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.

Any non-profit organization may apply for a Virginia Humanities grant, with preference given to those located within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grants are made to organizations based outside the state only for projects that take place within Virginia’s borders.

We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in projects that address the following themes:

  • Equity and Democracy: Exploring the ways our democratic ideals both are and are not reflected in the histories of Virginia and its communities;
  • Amplifying Virginia’s Stories: Exploring the lives, histories, and traditions of communities who are new to Virginia and/or whose stories have been excluded from previous narratives;
  • Cultures and Communities in Transition: Exploring the challenges faced by Virginia and its communities during times of economic, social, cultural, environmental, and technological change

Want to learn more about what we fund? Check out our FAQ, download our guidelines or view a list of recent grants we’ve awarded.