About VA250 Grants

Funding for VA250 Grants is provided by the VA250 Commission  

Informational Webinar: Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Virginia Tourism are each offering Virginia250 grants which support localities developing arts experiences, events, programs, and content against the backdrop of the 250th commemoration. In this recording, each grantor organization provides details of their respective grant programs, specifics for applying, and ways these grants elevate your local initiatives during this historic milestone. Access the recording here.

Applications for the first round have been awarded.

The next round of funding from Virginia Humanities opened on Friday, March 15, 2024. Applications are due Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

Decisions will be made by Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

Project period dates: August 1, 2024 to August 1, 2025

Organizations are eligible to apply for VA250 Grants and Virginia Humanities grants at the same time.

Organizations can apply for one VA250 project at a time, and must complete the work on one before applying for another.

Projects should be focused on content related to the American Revolution and its legacy and applicants should work with their local VA250 Committees. You can find more details about the VA250 Committees here: https://va250.org/va250localcommittees/

Who is eligible?

  • Non-profits established as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service 
  • 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education 
  • Other not-for-profit organizations as designated by the IRS 
  • Tribal nations recognized by the State of Virginia and/or the United States federal government. Groups seeking funding that identify themselves as tribes/nations but are not recognized by the state or federal government are not eligible unless they apply in partnership with an eligible fiscal sponsor (incorporated nonprofit).
  • Virginia Humanities acknowledges the following nations as recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia: Cheroenhaka Nottoway, Chickahominy, Chickahominy Indians Eastern Division, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Nottoway, Pamunkey, Patawomeck, Rappahannock, and Upper Mattaponi.
  • Local committees and partners of your local VA250 Committee.

Applicants may apply for up to $10,000, and a 1:1 match is required. Grants will be managed as subawards through the University of Virginia and paid out on a reimburseable basis. Funds will not be distributed up front before the project begins as is typical with Rapid and Regular Grants.

Decisions will be made by the VA250 Commission. The Commission prefers that the local committees choose one project per grant cycle to support, but will accept both. However, they might not both be funded, depending on the number of applications to ensure that the funding reaches across the state as much as possible (based on applications submitted).

Grant recipients will use the VA250 logo and branding identification and submit a final report detailing outcomes, number of participants, and an evaluation of the program’s reach and success. 

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