The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has received $200,000 from the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program to create a subgrant program to support the preservation and conservation of collections, properties, and objects associated with underrepresented histories related to maritime trade in Virginia. We anticipate awarding 3-5 projects ranging in size from $10,000-$150,000.
DHR will focus this subgrant program on those collections and property objects associated with maritime trade. Relevant collections and properties could include but are not limited to: vessels that participated in trade or were used to harvest resources for trade; archaeological collections that include trade goods and help us understand the impact of trade on social and economic structures; maritime objects such as trading vessels and shipwrecks; etc. Given the underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in the historic record, this subgrant program will focus on collections and properties that are associated with BIPOC history.
Eligible applicants are limited to state governments, tribal governments, local governments, and nonprofit organizations and all subgrantees must be able to provide a 1:1 match. Eligible projects must provide for the preservation and conservation of collections, properties, and objects associated with histories related the history of BIPOC maritime trade in Virginia. All projects must have an educational component in addition to the preservation and conservation work being undertaken.
More information including the application process, estimated timeline, and additional eligibility details will be updated on this webpage. If you would like to be contacted with updates and when the application is released, fill out the form linked here.