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Kentucky Local History Trust Fund Grant

Grants to Kentucky Museums, Nonprofits, Libraries, Schools,
and Agencies for History and Preservation Projects

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Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 - Postmarked


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $2,500 to Kentucky agencies, schools, libraries, nonprofit organizations, and museums for the planning and implementation of projects related to history and preservation. Eligible activities may include social media platforms, websites, collections care, local history education programs, publications on local history, and documentaries.

The Kentucky Local History Trust Fund is designed to build stronger museums and local history organizations across the Commonwealth. Grants provided by the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund will assist museums and history-related organizations with their long-term growth, development, and sustainability. 

Types of available grants:

  • Planning: These grants support research, collections assessments, exhibition planning, event/programming planning, etc. All planning grant recipients are required to enroll in AASLH’s StEPs program, if not already participating. Planning grants should emphasize your organization’s planning process and the impact a planning grant will have on the institution. They are ideal for organizations or grant managers who have not received grant funding before.
  • Implementation: These grants support such projects as exhibitions, collections management, educational programs, staff/board development, technology support, and improvements to visitors’ services. Applicants do not have to apply for planning grants before applying for or receiving implementation grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186797

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Planning Grants: Funding range is between $290 and $1,000.
- Implementation Grants: Funding range is between $290 and $2,500.

Term of Contract:

For projects to begin January 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Kentucky museums, local history organizations, libraries, educational institutions, and applicable governmental agencies are eligible to apply for a Kentucky Local History Trust Fund grant.

As part of the application process, non-governmental entities must show that they are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Grant funds will not be awarded to for-profit businesses or to private individuals.

Funds may not be used for:
- Brick-and-mortar historic preservation projects (window replacement, roofing, etc.)
- Purchasing collections (artifact or archival)
- Public art
- State historical markers
- Building maintenance, utilities, grounds keeping, insurance costs, interest or debt payments, or other projects that the Kentucky Historical Society considers to fall under an organization’s day-to-day operations
- Fundraising events
- Oral history projects (the Kentucky Oral History Commission, administered by the Kentucky Historical Society, already offers a variety of grants for the preservation and creation of oral histories; see for more information)

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2021. Applicants who receive funding will be notified by Dec. 15, 2021.

Organizations may only apply for one grant during each grant cycle.

Note: The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), the administrator of the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund, firmly believes that field-based standards programs that teach best practices greatly contribute to the long-term success of local history organizations. Therefore, to receive a grant from the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund, organizations must be enrolled in a field-based standards program. If an organization is not currently enrolled in one of these programs, that organization must use the initial $290 to enroll in the American Association for State and Local History’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) or a similar program. For more information about StEPs, see

Contact Information:

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

When you have completed your grant application, mail one copy to:
Kentucky Local History Trust Fund
c/o The Kentucky Historical Society
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

If you have questions about your organization qualifying for a grant, please call the Kentucky Historical Society at 502-782-8064 or email Dr. Amanda Higgins at

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