Looking for funds for a local history or preservation-related project? The Ohio Historical Society’s new History Fund grants program may be one source. Applications are due September 5. Learn more about applying during a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
What’s the History Fund?
Introduced in tax year 2011, the History Fund is a matching grants program funded by voluntary contributions from Ohioans on state income tax returns. One of four "tax check-off" funds found on Ohio personal income tax forms, it is the only such fund dedicated to supporting history-related projects. The History Fund is also made possible by other gifts to the Ohio Historical Society specifically designated for the History Fund.
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, local historical societies, public libraries, genealogical societies, university archives and special collections, historic preservation groups, archeological societies, county records management offices and incorporated “friends” groups of any of the above. See the History Fund Guidelines for more detailed information about who is eligible to apply.
What Does the History Fund Fund?
Eligible history projects fall into one of three broad grant categories: Organizational Development, Programs & Collections, and Bricks & Mortar. History Fund grants are awarded on a competitive basis and require a match from recipients. A body of representative experts from history-related organizations across Ohio makes grant recommendations, and the Ohio Historical Society provides program support and administration. The Ohio Historical Society administers the grant program and is not eligible for the History Fund grants.
See Examples of Some Funded Projects
Recipients of the first-ever History Fund grants were announced earlier this year. To see a story from the Feb. 28, 2013, issue of Ohio Histore-news with a complete list of this year’s History Fund grant recipients and brief descriptions of the funded projects, click here.
A free webinar on Aug. 7, 2013, will walk you through the application process, offer tips to make the process go smoothly and answer your questions. Applicants are not required to attend, but it might give you a "leg up" on your application. Advance registration is required. To register, click here. Can’t make the webinar? It will be recorded and available for viewing at your convenience at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.
Find Guidelines, Application Forms and Instructions
Click here to find links to History Fund Grants Program Guidelines with more information about eligibility, allowable projects and criteria for the grants; an online application form; and application instructions.
Questions About History Fund Grants?
Call the Ohio Historical Society’s Local History Office at 800.858.6878.
Donate to the History Fund
To keep the History Fund going, we need your help. There are two ways to contribute. When tax time comes around, you can donate part of your Ohio income tax refund to the Ohio Historical Society by opting to do so on your 2013 Ohio personal income tax return; all of the funds raised through this tax check-off help support the History Fund grants program. Want to support the History Fund, but don’t receive an Ohio state income tax refund? Click here for a downloadable contribution form.