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History Fund

A competitive matching grants program supporting local history in Ohio.

The Ohio History Connection's History Fund is a competitive matching grants program funded by Ohioans through the “tax check-off” on the Ohio state income tax return.

In 2011, the "tax check-off" became the first and only source dedicated solely to supporting history-related projects in Ohio. The more donations OHS receives through the tax check-off, the more grants it can make through the History Fund.

The Ohio History Tax Check-Off and the History Fund Need Your Support Now
Why? The Ohio General Assembly recently established a new threshold for tax check-off programs like ours.  The Ohio History Connection needs to generate at least $150,000 each year or the Ohio History tax check-off, and the History Fund grants program it supports could be jeopardized.

For information about the Ohio History tax check-off and donating to Ohio History on your tax form, visit ohiohistory.org/makehistory.

To help promote the Ohio History tax check-off and History Fund with press and marketing materials, go to: ohiohistory.org/makehistorycampaign NOTCREATEDYET

Congratulations to the History Fund Grant Recipients! Grant recipients are announced each year on Statehood Day: 

Apply for a History Fund Grant
Eligible projects fall into one of three grant categories: Bricks & Mortar, Organizational Development, and Programs & Collections.  History Fund grants are competitive and require matching funds, goods, and/or services from recipients.  Experts from history-related organizations across Ohio review applications and make grant recommendations.  The Ohio History Connection administers the History Fund program.

History Fund Guidelines: Click on the link to learn more about History Fund grants.  The Guidelines describe eligibility requirements, allowable projects, and criteria for grants.

History Fund Application: Click on the link to find the online grant application and application instructions.  The History Fund application process is entirely online.  No paper submissions of grant applications are accepted. Applications can be printed, however, for the applicants' information.



History Fund Help Webinars
Need some help with your History Fund grant application? Watch webinars that walk you through the application process, offer tips to make the process go smoothly, and answer applicants questions.

View the June 2014 webinar here.
View the July 2014 webinar here.
View the August 2014 webinar here.


If you have any questions about the History Fund, want to know if your project qualifies, or have questions about the application process, contact: 

Andy Verhoff, History Fund grant manager, 614.297.2341, averhoff@ohiohistory.org.
Local History Office
Ohio History Connection
800 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211