CHARLESTON —The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. The Humanities Council budgets over $800,000 for grants and programs each year. A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming.

Humanities Council minigrants, which support projects that request $1,500 or less, are offered four times per year. The next Humanities Council minigrant deadline is Oct. 1.

The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded five minigrants:

• Fairmont State University, “The Dust We Leave Behind: Stories, Games, and Songs from another Time,” living history and presentations

• Marshall University Research Corp, “Native American Heritage Month Reading”

• Shepherdstown Area Independent Living, “Sharing Stories Across Generations,” oral history project

• South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, “Chemical Valley: Union Carbide and the Shaping of the Kanawha,” exhibit

• West Virginia Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, “Oral History Archives Project”

For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program, contact grants administrator Erin Riebe at 304-346-8500 or via email at riebe@wvhumanities.org.

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

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