History Fund Grant Application Now Available!

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. Since March 2013, the History Fund grant program of the Ohio History Connection has made $522,000 in grants to 53 organizations across Ohio! The History Fund invites you to join this distinguished group. Apply for History Fund grant at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.

The application deadline is September 1, 2017 (by 11:59 pm).

The History Fund application for the 2017-2018 grant cycle mirrors application forms from previous years, but contains a few tweaks in response to comments from last year’s applicants.  Example: click here for a sample application you can print for reference. We’ve also added a new resource: “Do This, Don’t Do That / History Fund Grant Application.”  This short list is not a substitute for reviewing the History Fund’s Application Instructions, but will help you steer clear of obstacles that have bedeviled applicants in the past.

Check out History Fund Help webinars at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund. There are two: “History Fund Help,” an introduction to the grant program with a detailed overview of the grant application, and “Digitization Nuts and Bolts,” which will help you compile a strong application for digitization project (it’s more than buying a scanner). Please note that 2017’s application deadline is September 1 (NOT September 7, 2016 as listed in the webinars).

The Ohio History Connection will announce grant recipients at the annual advocacy event Statehood Day, scheduled February 28, 2018.  Between the application deadline of September 1, 2017 and February 2018, History Fund grant projects undergo a rigorous review involving subject area experts at the Ohio History Connection and a panel of outside experts, who make the final grant recommendations. Local History Services contacts applicants regarding the final status of the applications in February, in advance of the public announcement at Statehood Day.

For more information, contact Andy Verhoff, Ohio History Fund grant coordinator, 614.297.2341 or averhoff@ohiohistory.org, or visit the History Fund’s website.  Good luck!

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