Foundation / Corporation
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH)
10/15/19 5:00 PM Open Grants deadline; Discretionary Grant applications are accepted at any time.
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 and grants of up to $3,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations, IHEs, teachers' institutes, libraries, and museums for public programming in the humanities. Funding is intended for projects that increase public awareness of important issues and enrich the cultural life of the state, such as:
-Lectures or lecture series
-Community forums and public discussions, including book or film discussion programs
-Conferences and symposia
-Media programs: films, script development, videos, television, radio, and digital media projects
-Publications: brochures, posters, pamphlets, maps, books, journals, and catalogs
-Research leading to programs that have a direct public audience
-Institutes for teachers
-Community history projects, including oral histories
The VFH offers two kinds of grant programs, each with its own goals and requirements.
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. Draft proposals are strongly encouraged.
Discretionary Grant Program:
This program allows the VFH to make smaller grants—of up to $3,000—at any time during the year. These grants may be used to plan larger projects, or to carry out programs where only a modest amount of funding is required. Applicants should contact VFH staff in advance before submitting a Discretionary Grant proposal.
While the grant program is designed to remain as open as possible to new ideas and initiatives, VFH funding priorities are:
-Books, reading, and literacy
-Rights and responsibilities
-Media and culture
-Violence and community
-Science, technology, and society
Other areas of long-term interest and commitment for VFH and its grant programs include:
-Teacher education programs (especially those related to Virginia’s Standards of Learning)
-African American history and culture
-Virginia Indian history and culture(s)
-Cultures and communities in Virginia
-Virginia’s folklife and traditional culture(s)
-Local and regional history
The humanities emphasize analysis, interpretation, and exchange of ideas rather than the creative expression of the arts or the quantitative explanation of the sciences. The goals of the VFH grant program are:
-To encourage the development of high-quality educational programs based in the humanities
-To create and support accessible programs that reach the broadest possible audience in Virginia
-To support the work of humanities institutions—museums, libraries, historical societies, colleges and universities—as well as other non-profit organizations working within the humanities,
-To explore the stories that define Virginia and its people, and to address the issues that are most important to communities in Virginia.
The above subject areas have been identified as being of special interest, but VFH's interests and funding for the Grant Program are not confined to these topics. Proposals on other subjects are welcome and encouraged.
The following types of projects and entities may be supported:
- Film and Video
- Teachers’ Institutes and Seminars
- Digital Media
- Oral History
GrantWatch ID#: 125447
Open Grants: There is no limit on the amount that can be requested, but applicants are advised that most of the grants in this category fall within the $3-10,000 range, and that grants over $10,000 are rare.
Discretionary Grants: Smaller grants of up to $3,000.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mail a paper copy of the application to:
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
For further information and assistance, contact:
David Bearinger, Director of Grants and Public Programs