Historic Preservation Commission Seeks Research Grant Applicants

Monday, July 08, 2019

​The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is accepting 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 on their webpage at www.vbgov.com/historicpreservation. Applications are due Aug. 15, 2019.

The Research Grant Program encourages 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 this fiscal year 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
  • Social Studies/American History teachers/professors in schools, colleges or universities in Virginia
  • Professionals employed in museums, libraries, historical societies and similar organizations in Virginia
  • Virginia residents, over the age of 18, demonstrating historical research ability
  • Property owners of buildings listed on the Virginia Beach Historical Register

Nine grants were awarded last year ranging from $581 to $2,250. 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 are encouraged to contact Mark Reed, Historic Preservation Planner, at (757) 385-8573 or mreed@vbgov.com to discuss proposed research projects, or to receive application materials and program information via e-mail or U.S. mail.