The Ohio Historical Society's History Fund is a matching grants program funded by voluntary contributions via Ohioans' state income tax returns and by gifts to the Ohio Historical Society designated to the History Fund. Tax year 2011 marked its first year of operation, making it one of four "tax check-off" funds found on Ohio's personal income tax form. It is currently the only such fund dedicated to supporting history-related projects.
History Fund grants are competitive and require a match from recipients. Eligible history projects fall into one of three broad grant categories: "Organizational Development," "Programs & Collections," and "Bricks & Mortar." A body of representatives from history-related organizations across Ohio determine grant recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society provides program support and administration.
Give to the History Fund. Donations to the Ohio Historical Society for the History Fund are tax-deductible.
Learn more about History Fund grants. The guidelines for the program describe eligibility, allowable projects, and criteria for grant awards.
Fill out the History Fund grant Survey of Intent. Nonprofits incorporated in the State of Ohio and public entities (for example: local or regional governments, schools, colleges, libraries, etc.) are eligible to apply.