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Heritage Support Grants

Grants to Indiana Historical Nonprofits to Build
Capacity and Promote Historic Preservation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Historical Society (IHS)

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Deadline Date:

04/03/18 - Full Proposal for Project Grants; 02/1/2018 - Deadline for Mini Grants


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Grants ranging from $500 to $4,999 and grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Indiana nonprofit historical organizations to promote historic preservation and enhance organizational operations. Applicants seeking grants of $5,000 to $50,000 must submit a mandatory summary proposal by February 1. Applicants seeking grants of $500 to $4,999 must submit a full proposal by February 1.

Grants are available for projects that will help Indiana’s local history organizations meet high-priority needs in areas of capacity building, collections stewardship, innovation, and collaboration. In addition to the grant awards, IHS also offers fundraising education workshops, ongoing coaching for grant applicants and opportunities to serve on grant award selection committees.

Types of Projects:

-Collections Stewardship: Projects address the storage, management, and care for collections and associated documentation that is entrusted to the organization's care. This includes historic objects, structures, and landscapes as part of collections care.

-Capacity Building: Projects focus on identifying and accessing internal and external resources the organization needs in order to excel towards achievement of goals and ongoing sustainability.

-Innovation: Projects propose new methods and ideas, or present creative application of national standards and best practices to fit the needs of the local organization.

-Collaboration: Projects seek to engage community partners and build relationships that will support the organization's mission, promote continued or expanded service, and strengthen understanding and cooperation.

Types of Grants:

1) Project Grants

2) Mini Grants - Potential Mini Grant projects might include, but are not limited to: facilitation of workshops or training; collections care materials (boxes, envelopes, folders, etc.); museum software purchase, or version/network upgrades; special events or one-time programs; hardware (computer, printer, scanner, etc.) or environmental monitoring equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178339

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Project Grants: $5,000 to $50,000
-Mini Grants: $500 to $4,999

Term of Contract:

Project Grant: If submitting a summary of proposal for the February 1, 2018 deadline, the project timeline is January 2018 through Dec. 2018.

Mini Grant: If submitting a full proposal for the Feb 1, 2018 deadline, the project timeline is July 2018 through June 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet all the following criteria:

-Be incorporated in the State of Indiana as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation*

-Reflect history as a significant component of its mission and/or propose a project that is clearly history focused. Priority will be given to Indiana history projects.

-Have an annual budget of less than $300,000

*An organization that operates under a larger parent organization is eligible only through a “friends group” or other similar federally-recognized, nonprofit entity (as in the case of museums or local history rooms in libraries or state historic sites).

Heritage Support Grants will not fund general operating support, including:
-Rent or mortgage
-Salaries, wages and/or benefits for permanent staff

Pre-proposal Conference:

The broader aim of the IHS Heritage Support Grants is for local history organizations to become stronger cultural assets, enabling the communities they serve to embrace the special stories that set them apart.

Through fundraising education, coaching assistance and panel participation, staff and volunteers of local history organizations will gain proficiency with fundraising and grant writing. Local History Services will offer a series of workshops to assist grant applicants. Attendance at workshops is not a prerequisite to apply, nor is being an IHS Local History Partner member.

If you want to take your fundraising to the next level, this workshop is for you. How basic fundraising principles can streamline and professionalize your local history organization’s efforts to raise money and help you make sense of those fundraising charts, terms and processes will be discussed. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.

Evaluating Your Outcomes – WEBINAR
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2 to 3 p.m.
Register by Dec. 12 | FREE

You don’t need to be an expert to carry out useful program evaluation. This webinar will discuss basic feedback methods you can use to gauge the success of your organization’s programs. A Heritage Support Grants webinar. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2.

Heritage Support Grants Overview
NOTE: To access the recording, you will be asked to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address.

Part One: Overview & Use of Online Portal

Part Two: Grant Applications

Part Three: Logic Model, Project Budget & Cash Match

For more information and upcoming workshop dates, click here:

Pre-Application Information:

Project Grants
Project Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. A 15-percent cash match of outside support is required (in-kind and cost-share support do not qualify for the match). Fundraising for the project may begin up to four months prior to the Summary of Proposal deadline. The application process for Project Grants consists of two parts. Applicants will first need to submit a Summary of Proposal. These will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Mini Grants
Mini Grants range from $500 to $4,999. No outside matching support is required. Potential Mini Grant projects might include, but are not limited to: facilitation of workshops or training; collections care materials (boxes, envelopes, folders, etc.); museum software purchase, or version/network upgrades; special events or one-time programs; hardware (computer, printer, scanner, etc.) or environmental monitoring equipment.

Project Grant Deadlines:

Project timeline: July 2017 through June 2018
-Mandatory Summary of Proposal - THIS DEADLINE HAS PASSED
-April 4, 2017 – Full Proposal due - by invitation only.
-June 1, 2017 – Grants awarded

Project timeline: Jan. 2018 through Dec. 2018
-July 11, 2017 – Mandatory Summary of Proposal due
-Oct. 3, 2017 – Full Proposal due
-Dec. 1, 2017 – Grants awarded

Mini Grants Deadlines:

Project timeline: September 2017 through February 2018
-July 11, 2017 – Proposal due
-Aug. 15, 2017 – Grants awarded

Project timeline: April through February 2018
-Feb. 1, 2018 – Proposal due
-April 1, 2018 – Grants Awarded

Registered organizations will be assigned a coach from the Local History Services staff who can provide guidance and consultation throughout the grant application process. Coaches are available to answer questions about the online grant application process and serve as sounding boards to discuss grant project priorities, processes and timelines. Coaches can also provide additional fundraising resources and review grant applications before submission.

How to Apply:


Applicants are encouraged to consider the American Association for State and Local History's Standards and Excellence Program for Historical Organizations (StEPs) when preparing grant applications:

Review Process:

Application Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Register for the Evaluating Your Outcomes - Webinar (Thursday, Dec. 14 2 - 3 pm) here:

Register for Recorded Webinars on Heritage Support Grants Overview here:

Part One: Overview & Use of Online Portal:

Part Two: Grant Applications:

Part Three: Logic Model, Project Budget & Cash Match:

General inquiries:
Tamara Hemmerlein
(317) 234-0170

Workshop and training inquiries:
Jamie Simek
(317) 234-9514

Online grant portal inquiries:
Curt Barsic
(317) 234-7798

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana