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 (IT1040). In 2011, the "tax check-off" became the first and only source dedicated solely to supporting history-related projects in Ohio. The more donations OHS receives through the tax check-off, the more grants it can make through the History Fund.
For information about the Ohio History tax check-off and donating to Ohio History on your tax form, visit ohiohistory.org/makehistory.
To help promote the Ohio History tax check-off and History Fund with press and marketing materials, go to: ohiohistory.org/makehistorycampaign.
Congratulations to the History Fund Grant Recipients
Grant recipients are announced each year on Statehood Day:
Read about the 2014 projects here.
Read about the 2013 projects here.
The Ohio History Tax Check-Off and the History Fund Need Your Support Now
Why? The Ohio General Assembly recently established a new threshold for tax check-off programs like ours. The Ohio History Connection needs to generate at least $150,000 each year or the Ohio History tax check-off, and the Ohio History Fund grants program it supports, could be jeopardized.
Panelists Named to History Fund Review Committee
Learn about the panel of external reviewers who will evaluate History Fund grant applications and make recommendations to award over $100,000 in funding for local and state history projects. The instructions the Fund asks staff reviewers and outside experts to follow when evaluating proposals are here.
Apply for a History Fund Grant
Eligible projects fall into one of three grant categories: Bricks & Mortar, Organizational Development, and Programs & Collections. History Fund grants are competitive and require matching funds, goods, and/or services from recipients. Experts from history-related organizations across Ohio review applications and make grant a recommendation, and the Ohio History Connection administers the History Fund program.
History Fund Guidelines. Click on the link to learn more about History Fund grants. The Guidelines describe eligibility requirements, allowable projects, and criteria for grants.
History Fund Application. Click on the link to view the online grant application. After registering your email address and creating a password, you will enter the application. Applications are due in early September every year; exact date will be announced in early summer.
The History Fund application process is entirely online. No paper submissions of grant applications are accepted. Applications can be printed, however, for the applicants’ information.
Application Instructions.These Instructions can also be viewed on the application website. The Application Instructions spell out in detail how to complete the online application. We suggest you access the online application first and refer to the Instructions as you complete the application. If applicable, click here for the "Appendix - Request for Proposal Information" referred to in the application instructions.
History Fund Help Webinars
Need some help with your History Fund grant application? Watch webinars that walk you through the application process, offer tips to make the process go smoothly, and answer applicants questions. These free webinars will be held on June 25, July 16, and August 6, 2014 from 10-11:30am. The July and August webinars are repeats of the June webinar – the only things that will be different are the questions asked at the end.
The webinars are free, but registration is required. The registration deadline is the Friday before the webinar you plan to attend. Register online after June 2 at www.ohiohistory.org/register.
View the June webinar here. Questions
If you have any questions about the History Fund, want to know if your project qualifies, or have questions about the application process, contact:
Andy Verhoff, History Fund grant manager, 614-297-2341, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local History Office
Ohio History Connection
800 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211