Feb. 1 deadline for grants approaches

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Humanities Council announced the upcoming Feb. 1 grant deadline.

Grants are available in three grant categories: major grants, which are awarded twice a year for projects requesting more than $1,500 and up to $20,000; fellowships of $2,500, which are awarded annually for scholarly research projects; and minigrants, which are awarded four times a year for projects requesting $1,500 or less.

Major grants supports public programs including, but not limited to, lectures, school projects, symposia, panel discussions, reading and discussion series, exhibits, reenactments and conferences. Major grant proposals may request more than $1,500 and up to $20,000. Applicants should allow 12 weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

Fellowship stipends of $2,500 are awarded once a year to West Virginia college and university humanities faculty and independent scholars for research and writing projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the study of interpretive archaeology; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; history; jurisprudence; modern and classical languages; linguistics; literature; philosophy; comparative religion; and philosophical and historical approaches to the social sciences.

Minigrants support small projects, single events, lectures, small museum exhibits and brochures, consultation needs and planning for more complex projects. Minigrant deadlines are Feb. 1, April 1, June 1 and Oct. 1 for projects requesting $1,500 or less. Applicants should allow six weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

The Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities state affiliate, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. A variety of matching grants are offered by the Humanities Council year-round to nonprofit organizations in West Virginia that support educational programming.

For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program, contact Humanities Council grants administrator Amy Saunders at (304) 346-8500 or saunders@wvhumanities.org.

Grant guidelines and applications are also available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org.