Virginia Humanities announces $79,700 in recent grants to 15 nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The Virginia Humanities Grant Program responds directly to the interests and concerns of local communities across Virginia. Since 1974, Virginia Humanities has awarded more than 4,000 grants, creating opportunities for Virginians to share their stories, explore what makes us each unique, and connect through what we have in common.

“From Pulaski County in Southwest Virginia to Warsaw in the Northern Neck, these grants reach across the Commonwealth to support organizations that are doing important work,” said Matthew Gibson, Virginia Humanities executive director. “Fostering a shared understanding of Virginia’s history and culture is central to our mission, and the projects included in this grant cycle will do just that.” Virginia Humanities grant projects reach an estimated annual audience of 1.5 million, with an average 4:1 dollar match.

As a result of Virginia Humanities grant funding, educational and cultural organizations across the state have harnessed the power of the humanities to address important contemporary issues and enrich the lives of all Virginians.

The Northampton Historic Preservation Society of Eastville was awarded $3,000 for the production of a documentary video on the social history of the 1914 Jail in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, followed by a public “premiere” screening/discussion of the finished film.