Virginia Genealogical Society
 
The Virginia Genealogical Society has a deep interest in preservation and access of Virginia related material, which would assist genealogical and historical researchers. This grant program is designed to support the small to moderate sized organization or library that maintains an archival program of material that assists researchers of Virginia genealogical and historical information. This organization need not have certified archivists on staff. However, it should be preserving material according to archival standards established by the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference.

This grant must be matched by the organization and the total amount may be used to purchase acid-free supplies, to purchase shelving, to hire a consultant, to hire staff, etc. that would assist in organizing, arranging, and cataloging manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and published material to enhance their use by researchers.

The grant may not be awarded every year. It is not intended for publicity, displays, publications, or the care of artifacts.

We prefer to support groups who offer regular hours of admission as opposed to groups who are open by appointment only. However, if a group is just beginning, open by appointment is a first step to a regular schedule.

Historical and genealogical significance of collections will be an important consideration in awarding this grant.

To be eligible, the organization must be a member of the Virginia Genealogical Society.

Groups may apply in consecutive years, although we will take into consideration the number of times they have received grants when making the recommendations for awards.

An interim report will be required three months after the grant is awarded. A final report will be required at the end of eleven months after the grant is received. These reports may appear in our Newsletter.

Grant Committee:

  • Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., Chair

Applications should be received by VGS by August 1st, in duplicate. Grant awards will be anounced at the VGS annual meeting in the spring.

Download VGS Matching Grants application (PDF fill-in form).

 
 
 
Special Grants Program
 

The Virginia Genealogical Society has a deep interest in providing access to Virginia related material which would assist genealogical and historical researchers. This special grant program is designed to assist an institution which maintains an archival collection of material of value to researchers of Virginia genealogical and historical information, by supporting a project to make its archival material more available to researchers.

The special program grant will generally be made only to one recipient per year, and need not be made every year. The amount of a grant will generally be in the $1000-$5000 range, though may exceed this, if funds allow, for appropriate projects. The total amount of the grant my be used to hire a consultant, or staff, etc. to assist in organizing, arranging, and cataloging manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and published materials to make the collection more accessible by researchers through cataloging, creating finding aids, internet posting or publication, etc.

The grant is not intended for equipment, supplies, storage facilities, publicity or the care of artifacts.

Historical and genealogical significance of an archival collection, and present and projected levels of access, will be an important consideration in the awarding of this grant.

There is no requirement of matching funds (though this may be considered in making any award, as will volunteer hours committed to the project).

To be eligible, the organization must be a member of the Virginia Genealogical Society.

An organization may apply in consecutive years, although we would take into consideration the number of times it has received grants when making the recommendations for awards.

An interim report will be required 3 months after the grant is awarded. A final report will be required at the end of 11 months of the grant and an article of at least 500 words for publication in the VGS Newsletter regarding use of the funds in development of the project.

Grant Committee:

  • Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., Chair
Applications should be received by VGS by February 1st, in duplicate. Grant awards will be anounced at the VGS annual meeting in the spring.

Download VGS Special Grant Application (PDF fill-in form).
 
 
Grant Recipients
 
 
1999
Albemarle County Historical Society
Bassett Branch Historical Center
Page Library of History and Genealogy
Tazewell County Public Library
 
2000
Arlington Library Virginia Room
Augusta County Historical Society
Bassett Branch Historical Center
Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
Page Memorial Library
History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia
 
2001
Goochland County Historical Society
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society
Rappahannock Historical Society
Shenandoah County Historical Society
 
2002
Arlington Library Virginia Room
Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
Shenandoah County Library
Wythe County Historical Society Library
 
2003
Friends of Fauquier Library
Historical Society of Washington County, Inc.
Shenandoah County Historical Society
Waynesboro Public Library
 
2004
Avoca Museum and Historical Society
Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
Orange County (Virginia) Historical Society
Radford Public Library
Southampton County Historical Society
 
2005
Arlington County Public LIbrary Virginia Room
Giles County HIstorical Society
Roanoke Public LIbrary
Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association
 
2006
Highland Historical Society
Madison County Historical Society
Roanoke Public Libraries
Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association
 
2007
Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society
South Boston-Halifax County Museum
 
2009
Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
City of Manassas Museum
 
2011
Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
 
2017
Nelson County Historical Society
 
 
2000
Virginia Historical Society
 
2001
Augusta County Historical Society
 
2002
Mary Ball Washington Museum and LIbrary
Smithfield LIbrary
 
2003
Roanoke Public LIbrary Virginia Room
 
2005
Madison County Historical Society
Roanoke Public Libraries
 
2006
Roanoke Public Library Virginia Room
 
2012
Essex County Museum and Historical Society
 
2013
Clarke County Historical Association
 
2017
Highland County Historical Society