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Ohio History Fund Grant

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Ohio History Connection

Deadline Date:

09/27/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations and public agencies, including libraries and educational institutions, for local, regional, and statewide projects, programs, and events that preserve and share the state's history with the public. Funding is intended for activities and projects in the following three categories: Bricks & Mortar, Organizational Development, and Programs & Collections.

The History Fund strives to manifest the following core values:

  • Relevance - Addressing and communicating the significance of history with Ohio's diverse people
  • Authenticity - Valuing artifacts and true stories of history
  • Inclusivity - Appealing to all Ohioans, especially underserved audiences
  • Stewardship - Protecting the evidence of Ohio history
  • Working Together - Pursuing teamwork and sharing authority and responsibility.

Eligible activities (the examples given below are not all-inclusive, but illustrate the types of projects eligible in each category):

Bricks and Mortar: 

  • Rehabilitation, restoration, protection, or acquisition of historic properties and archaeological sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places or designated by local ordinance.
  • Building work or construction directly related to the preservation of historical or archival collections regardless of the building’s historic status. 

Organizational Development: Organizational Development grants focus on building capacity: providing the training and materials to help historical societies and similar organizations help themselves. Grants in this category can include but are not limited to training for board and staff, professional assistance with organizational issues, improving governance structures, volunteer or membership program development, and assessments or strategic plans (including paid facilitators/consultants). Applications must explain the issue(s) faced by the organization and how the grant will address the issue(s). Solutions must align with the issues identified. 

Programs and Collections: Grants include a variety of projects that further the study, recordation, interpretation, publication, and dissemination of historical information, engagement of communities in history, or conservation of historical collections and archives. Projects could include, but are not limited to, public programs, exhibits, care and management of archival materials and artifacts, digitization of collections, oral history, archaeological/architectural/historical surveys, archaeological fieldwork, nominations of historic buildings and sites to the National Register of Historic Places, preparation of historic preservation plans or feasibility studies, mobile or online applications, walking tours, and events.

For more information on these areas please see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145266

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Organizational Development: $1,000 - $4,000
- Programs and Collections: $2,000 - $20,000
- Bricks and Mortar: $2,000 - $20,000

Term of Contract:

- Organizational Development: One year
- Programs and Collections: 2 years
- Bricks and Mortar: Up to 2 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
- Ohio-based, nonprofit organizations in good standing
- Public entities in Ohio, such as units of local government, public libraries, and educational institutions
- Organizations operating Ohio History Connection sites under “site management agreements” are eligible to apply under their own names. Functions and fiscal responsibilities assigned to the Ohio History Connection under site management agreements are not eligible for grants from the History Fund.

Examples of 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.

Ineligible applicants include for-profit businesses and entities, private individuals, and the Ohio History Connection. Ineligible applicants may serve as paid contractors to grant awardees but are not eligible to apply for History Fund grants directly.

One grant per organization at a time; otherwise eligible grantees that have an open grant with the History Fund are not eligible to apply for a second History Fund grant until the first grant has been closed (i.e. the History Fund has accepted the grantee’s final report).

For a list of ineligible costs, please see Guidelines:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for the next grant cycle is September 27, 2022.

The Ohio History Fund notifies applicants by letter in mid-February and Ohio History Connection publicly announces grant recipients at the Statehood Day event.

History Fund grants are competitive and require matching funds, goods, and/or services from recipients. Match requirements are as follows:
- Organizational Development: 80/20. The grant will pay 80% of the total cost of a project and the applicant will be responsible for a 20% match.
- Programs and Collections: 60/40. The grant will pay 60% of the total cost of a project and the applicant will be responsible for a 40% match.
- Bricks and Mortar: 60/40. The grant will pay 60% of the total cost of a project and the applicant will be responsible for a 40% match.

Special note for projects that would nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Prior to applying for a History Fund grant, applicants must complete and receive a response to a National Register Preliminary Questionnaire, designed to help determine whether a property or district is likely to qualify for nomination to the National Register. See:

Bricks and Mortar projects will require a maintenance agreement under which the property owner agrees to maintain the historic features of the property (for historic properties), or retain the building for its intended use (for non-historic) for a period of five years.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Direct questions to:
Andy Verhoff, Ohio History Fund & Outreach Manager
614.297.2341 (office) or 614-562-4490 (cell)

State Historic Preservation Office
Ohio History Connection
800 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211

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