Charleston -West Virginia Humanities Council grants administrator Amy Saunders Postalwait will conduct a grant-writing workshop on Thursday, May 15, at the Calhoun County Historical Society Museum, 344 Main Street, Grantsville. It begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:00 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is suggested. Contact grants administrator Amy Postalwait at (304)346-8500.

Grant-writing workshops are conducted to better acquaint West Virginians with the Humanities Council's grant guidelines and application process. A variety of matching grants are offered by the Council year-round to nonprofit organizations in West Virginia that support educational programming. The West Virginia Humanities Council is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.

The following grant categories will be reviewed at the workshop:

Minigrants. Humanities Council minigrants support small projects, single events, lectures, small museum exhibits and brochures, consultation needs, and planning for more complex projects. They are awarded four times per year for projects up to $1,500. The next minigrant deadline is June 1, followed by October 1, February 1, and April 1.

Major grants. This category supports public programs including, but not limited to, lectures, school projects, panel discussions, reading/discussion series, exhibits, reenactments, and conferences. They are awarded twice a year for projects over $1,500 and up to $20,000. The deadlines for major grant applications are September 1 and February 1.

Teacher Institute grants. West Virginia college and university professors are invited to submit a proposal for a two-week seminar on a humanities topic suited to the teaching needs of elementary or secondary teachers. These grants, up to $25,000, are awarded once a year for summer teaching seminars. The deadline is September 1. One to three teacher institute grants are awarded annually to a college or university.

Publication grants. Only completed manuscripts sponsored by recognized academic presses and established nonprofit presses are eligible. These grants, up to $20,000, are awarded once a year with an application deadline of September 1.

Media grants. Humanities Council media grants up to $20,000 are awarded once a year to support the planning, scripting, and production of projects intended to produce audio or video materials. These grants also fund websites or a newspaper series. The deadline for media grant applications is September 1.

Fellowships. Grants of $2,500 are awarded once a year. Fellowships offer West Virginia teachers, college and university faculty, and independent scholars support for research and writing projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the study of interpretive archaeology; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; ethics; history; jurisprudence; modern and classical languages; linguistics; literature; philosophy; comparative religion; and philosophical and historical approaches to the social sciences. The deadline for Fellowship applications is February 1.

For more information or to register for the workshop at the Calhoun County Historical Society Museum, contact Amy Postalwait at (304) 346-8500 or email postalwait@wvhumanities.org

Grant guidelines and applications are also available on the West Virginia Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org

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