The Ohio History Connection’s History Fund grant program is one of the few grant programs in the state just for archaeology, history, and preservation projects, and it needs your help to make more grants. If you receive a refund on your Ohio income taxes, please consider donating a portion of it to the “Ohio History Fund” tax “check-off,” line 26f on your state tax return.
The Ohio History Fund has made 10 archaeology-related grants since it was established in 2012, totaling more than $100,000. These have included surveys and studies of ice-age sites in northeast Ohio by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Kent State University (2013, 2015, 2018), studies Hopewell period ceramic and stone artifacts at the University of Akron (2017), and exhibit upgrades at SunWatch Village in Dayton (2014, 2017).
Click here for a list of all grant recipients.
Your donation and those of your friends, relatives, and thousands of others makes possible grants for local history projects throughout Ohio. Since the Ohio History Fund started in 2012, it has made 81 grants in 40 counties for a total of $780,469 (as of February 2019). Proving that there is a great need for the History Fund, it has received 388 grant applications from 66 counties, totaling almost $4.7 million in requests!
Not receiving a tax refund? You can still help: buy an Ohio History mastodon license plate. Twenty dollars from the sale of each set of plates benefits the Ohio History Fund grant program.
Applications for next year’s History Fund grants will posted in June. The deadline for proposals fall in late August - early September. For more on application availability and grant deadlines, see “How does my organization apply for an Ohio History Fund grant?” by clicking here.