Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission Seeks Applications for Research Grants

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is seeking research grant applications for projects that will focus on elements of local history in Virginia Beach, the former Princess Anne County and related earlier historic and prehistoric eras. Applications and grant program information may be found under "Related Documents" at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation and are due April 27, 2017.

The purpose of the Research Grant Program is to encourage scholarship about persons, places and events that are significant to the city's history. The research projects must result in a tangible product, such as a written report or a historic marker. Grant funding is for costs directly related to the compilation of research and production of the final product. The minimum grant project award will be $500 and the maximum grant project award will be $2,500. The total available funding for all grants is $10,000.

Individuals eligible to apply for the Research Grant Program funding are:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students attending accredited colleges and universities in Virginia.
  • Current Social Studies/American History teachers/professors from public or private schools, colleges or universities in Virginia
  • Professionals currently employed in museums, libraries, historical societies and similar organizations in Virginia
  • Virginia residents, over the age of 18, demonstrating historical research ability 

Six grants were awarded last year ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. All applications must include a project sponsor that agrees to review and approve the project final report or product. The sponsor must be identified in the application and must sign the application.

Information about the funding policies and Research Grant Program are available at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation. Interested applicants may contact Mark Reed, historic preservation planner, at 757-385-8573 or mreed@vbgov.com for additional information about the program requirements or to receive application materials via e-mail or U.S. mail.

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