October 5, 2022

Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission Grant Applications Now Open

​The Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission is now accepting applications for two of its three annual grant programs from organizations whose missions are based on providing arts, humanities, history, or cultural programming and services.

The three different grants are:

Community Cultural Arts Grants – OPEN NOW!

  • These grants are designed to aid in building cultural equity in the arts in Virginia Beach by providing support for arts-based projects that reflect our changing communities through innovative, culturally rooted, and/or participatory projects with the goal of bringing the community together to celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity. Organizations do not need to be based in Virginia Beach.
  • The project must take place in Virginia Beach before June 30, 2023.
  • Request up to $5,000, which may be up to 75 percent of the project budget.
  • Grant cycle for FY23 has two rounds based on the availability of funds:
  • Round 1 deadline: 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2022, for round 1 consideration. Round 1 presentations will take place at the Dec. 1, 2022, Arts & Humanities Commission meeting.
  • If funds are still available for a second round, the Round 2 submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2023. Round 2 presentations will take place at the March 30, 2023, Arts & Humanities Commission meeting.
  • The Arts & Humanities Commission will not accept faxed or emailed applications.

Leadership & Organizational Development Grants – OPEN NOW!

  • Grants of up to $750 to support arts and humanities leaders' (professional administrators and board members) acquisition of skills and practical tools which hone their ability to lead, develop, and sustain the overall health and vitality of arts and humanities organizations.
  • Eligible organizations must operate within Hampton Roads.
  • Available funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants.
  • Applications must be submitted no less than 12 business days prior to an Arts & Humanities Commission meeting. The meeting schedule is available on the Cultural Affairs website.

Project Grants* – FY24 Project Grant application reopens in December 2022

  • Project Grants support increased access to quality cultural programs for all citizens of Virginia Beach and are available to nonprofit arts and humanities organizations.
  • Organizations do not need to be based in Virginia Beach.
  • Projects must take place in Virginia Beach.
  • Projects must occur between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.
  • Project Grants awarded will cover up to 50% of the total cost of projects supported by the grant.
  • Project Grants open in December 2022 for eligible projects occurring the following fiscal year.
  • Applications are due on Feb. 3, 2023.
  • Presentations will be made in person or via WebEx in late March.
  • Awards and contracts are issued in the late spring/summer for the upcoming fiscal year.

*Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Project Grants are supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

In partnership with the City of Virginia Beach's Cultural Affairs Department and the arts community, the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission promotes excellence in the arts and humanities by initiating and supporting programs, activities, and policies that inspire, nurture, and reflect the cultural diversity of the area. For more information, visit VBgov.com/culture. To apply for a grant, visit the Arts & Humanities Commission's Grant Interface online database. If you have any questions, contact Cultural Programming and Grants Coordinator Hillary Plate at hplate@vbgov.com.


The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The Department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.

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