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July 25, 2013
Photo of grant recipients following announcement of the 2013 History Fund grants at the Statehouse in Columbus.Photo of a portion of the roof of the 1809 Stone Academy building in Zanesville, which will be repaired with the aid of a History Fund grant to the Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County.Photo of the cover of one of four historic Butler County atlases that MidPointe Library System is digitizing to make available online with the assistance of a History Fund grant.Photo of archaeologists conducting a soil sample. A History Fund grant will allow Cleveland Museum of Natural History to pilot an innovative means of documenting Native American archaeological sites that could reduce the need for full-scale excavations. Photo of a logo for the History Fund.
Grants Aid Local History and Preservation Projects
History Fund Deadline is September 5

Looking for funds for a local history or preservation-related project? The Ohio History Connection’s new History Fund grants program may be one source. Applications are due September 5. Learn more about applying during a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

What’s the History Fund?
Introduced in tax year 2011, the History Fund is a matching grants program funded by voluntary contributions from Ohioans on state income tax returns. One of four "tax check-off" funds found on Ohio personal income tax forms, it is the only such fund dedicated to supporting history-related projects. The History Fund is also made possible by other gifts to the Ohio History Connection specifically designated for the History Fund. 

Who Can Apply?
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. See the History Fund Guidelines for more detailed information about who is eligible to apply.  

What Does the History Fund Fund?
Eligible history projects fall into one of three broad grant categories: Organizational Development, Programs & Collections, and Bricks & Mortar. History Fund grants are awarded on a competitive basis and require a match from recipients. A body of representative experts from history-related organizations across Ohio makes grant recommendations, and the Ohio History Connection provides program support and administration. The Ohio History Connection administers the grant program and is not eligible for the History Fund grants.

See Examples of Some Funded Projects
Recipients of the first-ever History Fund grants were announced earlier this year. To see a story from the Feb. 28, 2013, issue of Ohio Histore-news with a complete list of this year’s History Fund grant recipients and brief descriptions of the funded projects, click here.

Learn More
A free webinar on Aug. 7, 2013, will walk you through the application process, offer tips to make the process go smoothly and answer your questions. Applicants are not required to attend, but it might give you a "leg up" on your application. Advance registration is required. To register, click here. Can’t make the webinar? It will be recorded and available for viewing at your convenience at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.

Find Guidelines, Application Forms and Instructions
Click here to find links to History Fund Grants Program Guidelines with more information about eligibility, allowable projects and criteria for the grants; an online application form; and application instructions.

Questions About History Fund Grants?
Call the Ohio History Connection’s Local History Office at 800.858.6878.

Donate to the History Fund
To keep the History Fund going, we need your help. There are two ways to contribute. When tax time comes around, you can donate part of your Ohio income tax refund to the Ohio History Connection by opting to do so on your 2013 Ohio personal income tax return; all of the funds raised through this tax check-off help support the History Fund grants program. Want to support the History Fund, but don’t receive an Ohio state income tax refund? Click here for a downloadable contribution form.