West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Announce Fiscal 2023 Grants

August 20, 2022

News Release

Charles W. Gibson Public Library, Buckhannon, WV


CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) announces grants awarded to organizations and individuals for fiscal year 2023 through the State Library Commission, State Historic Preservation Office and the State Arts Office. A list of the grantees and grant amounts are listed below.


“We are proud to be able to distribute these grants to deserving organizations, projects and individuals across the Mountain State,” said WVDACH Curator Randall Reid-Smith. “We are very thankful to Governor Jim Justice for securing the funding that allows us to help these organizations, and for always supporting the mission of our department to grow the arts in West Virginia, help preserve historic properties across the state and assist public libraries to provide access to resources and services to all West Virginians.”


The West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC) provides Grants in Aid (GIA) to West Virginia Public Libraries which, in combination with local support, provides operating funds to public libraries to expand and enhance services to their patrons. GIA funds are distributed to all public libraries based on service area population as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Decennial Census. Currently service population is calculated using the 2020 Census. The WVLC also offers Public Library Service Center and Unassigned Affiliate Grant, provides funding to Service Center libraries for cooperative professional support to affiliate libraries. The Library Commission works with the larger libraries in the state to improve services and for continuing education.


The State Historic Preservation Office manages the State Development Grant Program for rehabilitation of properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a contributing property in a historic district or/and archaeological development of a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The funding source for this grant program is appropriated by the WV Legislature, through Lottery Funds.


The State Arts Office administers the Arts Partners grants, Community Arts Project Support (CAPS) grants, Arts in Education grants and Professional Development grants.


Arts Partners provides general operating support for long-standing, stable arts organizations to further the general purpose or work of an organization rather than for a specific purpose or project.


CAPS provides support for projects in all disciplines that offer arts programming to the public. Sub-categories include presenting artists, performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and folk/traditional arts.


Arts in Education provides support for curriculum-based, hands-on projects that involve K-12 students and teachers in the arts during daily instruction or outside of regular school hours; support to present performing, literary, and visual artists to students in grades K-12; and support for schools, nonprofit community arts organizations and other nonprofit sponsors that do not present a season of events for the presentation of West Virginia artists in arts education projects.


Professional Development provides support for professional and emerging artists to expand or improve their work or share their expertise and support for art organizations that meet the needs of underserved artists by offering programs that help them expand or improve their work.


Grants in Aid (GIA) for West Virginia Public Libraries

  • Alderson Public Library $21,739.71

  • Belington Public Library $34,854.06

  • Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library $101,220.43

  • Boone-Madison Public Library $114,771.57

  • Bridgeport Public Library $49,131.43

  • Brooke County Public Library $99,789.01

  • Buffalo Creek Mem Public Library $52,373.18

  • Burnsville Public Library $16,756.05

  • Cabell County Public Library $496,524.27

  • Calhoun County Public Library $32,780.60

  • Capon Bridge Public Library $24,307.85

  • Chapmanville Public Library $51,610.11

  • Charles W. Gibson Public Library $27,291.73

  • Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library $275,785.42

  • Clay County Public Library $42,369.02

  • Cowen Public Library $22,923.79

  • Craft Memorial Library $250,172.45

  • Craigsville Public Library $43,163.67

  • Doddridge County Public Library $41,090.21

  • Dora B Woodyard Public Library $27,333.83

  • Elkins-Randolph Public Library $70,555.39

  • Fayette County Public Library $213,071.27

  • Five Rivers Public Library $20,281.98

  • Gassaway Public Library $24,086.82

  • Gilmer Public Library $38,985.18

  • Grant County Public Library $57,762.06

  • Greenbrier County Public Library $40,090.32

  • Hamlin-Lincoln County Public Library $107,688.14

  • Hampshire County Public Library $97,220.87

  • Hardy County Public Library $75,249.61

  • Helvetia Public Library $19,108.42

  • Hundred Public Library $11,819.75

  • Jackson County Public Library $146,252.32

  • Kanawha County Public Library $844,507.00

  • Keyser-Mineral County Public Library $135,874.51

  • Kingwood Public Library $108,040.73

  • Logan Area Public Library $67,403.10

  • Louis Bennett Public Library $89,637.50

  • Lowe Public Library $12,251.28

  • Lynn Murray Mem Public Library $34,780.38

  • Marion County Public Library $295,783.22

  • Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library $642,434.52

  • Mary H Weir Public Library $115,213.63

  • Mason County Public Library $133,948.41

  • McDowell County Public Library $100,573.14