CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.
For 2014, the Humanities Council budgeted more than $530,000 for grants and programs. A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Minigrants support projects requesting $1,500 or less, and are offered four times per year. The next Humanities Council minigrant deadline is June 1.
The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded eight new minigrants:
Tucker Community Foundation, "The Mountain Music Trail," (Tucker County)
Clay County Business Development Authority, "Elk River Fest," (Clay County)
Greenbrier Historical Society, "Making Time: Voyage to Vietnam Exhibit & Programming," (Greenbrier County)
Harpers Ferry Historical Association, "Invasion Stalled: Harpers Ferry and the Defense of Washington," (Jefferson County)
Friends of Blackwater, "Limerock History Day," (Kanawha County)
West Virginia State University, "37 Fallen: A Symposium Honoring WV's Men & Women of the Iraq & Afghan Wars," (Kanawha County)
International Mother's Day Shrine, "2014 National Centennial Celebration at the International Mother's Day Shrine," (Taylor County)
The Friends of Mountwood Park, "Red Neck Nellie," (Wood County)
For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program contact Humanities Council grants administrator Amy Postalwait at (304) 346-8500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant guidelines and applications are also available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org.