Ohio History Fund Grant Application Now Available

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: see the website 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.

If listening and seeing is a way you learn, check out our History Fund Help webinars at www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund. There’s two webinars.  The “History Fund Help” webinar is an introduction to the grant program and a detailed overview of the grant application.  The second webinar, “Digitization Nuts and Bolts,” will help you compile a strong application for digitization project (it’s more than buying a scanner). We originally hosted both webinars in 2016, and the information still applies in 2017.  Please note that 2017’s application deadline is September 1 (NOT September 7, 2016 as 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.

This spring, the History Fund presented grant-writing workshops at the Region 1, 5, and 10 meetings, as well as at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, the Ashtabula Foundation (Region 4), and for Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati (Region 8).  At each, we emphasized that if would be applicants have questions they should call or write.  We’re here to help!

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!

8 Ohio Archives Grants Awarded for 2017

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board awarded Ohio Archives Grants to eight institutions:

  • City of Alliance, Alliance, OH: Preservation and Digitization of Alliance City Documents ($3,955)
  • The Dawes Arboretum, Newark, OH: The Dawes Arboretum Journal Scanning Project ($860)
  • Historical Society of Mt. Pleasant,Ohio, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, OH: Conservation of Historic Ledgers ($846)
  • New Straitsville History Group, New Straitsville, OH: Digitization and Preservation of Large Format Photographs, Documents and Coal Mining Maps ($3,795)
  • Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH: Preservation, Organization and Storage of Historic Portsmouth, OH Newspapers ($4,000)
  • Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Mount Saint Joseph, OH: Digitizing and Sharing Rare Cincinnati-based Historical Resources ($1,912.37)
  • Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, Wilmington, OH: Peace Resource Center Preservation Project ($4,031)
  • Worthington Historical Society, Worthington, OH: Providing Digitial Access to Historic Images, Documents and Ephemera on Worthington Memory ($600)

The Ohio Archives Grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) Grants program.

Please visit our Ohio Archives Grant Program for more information.

2017 Ohio Archives Grant Program

OHRAB announces the availability of grants between $500 and $5,000 to archival institutions to fund projects to preserve and/or provide access to Ohio’s historical records.  The grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State Board Programming Grants. Projects eligible for funding in 2017 include:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.
  • Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.
  • Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.
  • Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding.

Grant applications are due February 28, 2017.  More information on the grants, including the application packet, is available here.

June 2016 Ohio Archives Grant Opportunity

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) is pleased to announce a second grant opportunity for this year. This grant funding is provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These grants are for $500 up to $4,500 and may be used by archival institutions to increase online access to Ohio’s historical records.  Proposals must be received by June 30, 2016.  Awards will be announced July 11 , 2016 and projects must be completed by December 31, 2016. Full details of this grant opportunity and the application packet are available at OHRAB’s website at http://www.ohrab.org/grants/regrant/.

  • Eligible institutions may be public or private that provide public access to archival collections without charging a fee.
  • Any size institution may apply, but preference will be given to institutions with permanently valuable archival materials of 500 cubic feet or fewer.
  • Eligible projects may include those involving physical access, arrangement and description; preservation (including storage materials); and cataloging.  However, projects must include producing some type of online content, such as a finding aid or digital images.
  • Eligible expenses include supplies and storage materials, technical equipment, and contracted services.

Midwest Archives Conference – Grant Writing: An Introduction For Archives and Heritage Agencies

Grant Writing: An Introduction For Archives and Heritage Agencies
Berry Room, Nutter Center; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Midwest Archives Conference in partnership with Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries Presents, Grant Writing: An Introduction For Archives and Heritage Agencies.

The ability to secure external funding from granting agencies can support strategic initiatives for your organization. Writing successful funding applications isn’t a secret art genetically born into a few elite professionals, but a simple and direct process of describing problems, identifying solutions, and requesting funding to achieve measurable goals. This workshop will provide an introduction to the grant writing process. Participants will receive a broad overview of approaches to aligning grant writing to strategic goals; review a variety of external funding sources for archival and history-based initiatives; become familiar with the basic structure of grant applications; understand the mechanics of the application, review, and selection processes at different funding agencies; discuss important “dos and don’ts” for successful applications; outline the critical post-award work of running and closing funded projects; and understand how to solicit feedback on failed applications to make improvements and reapply. Participants will be invited to identify a current problem at their institution which could be resolved through funding from an external agency. Breakout groups and exercises will allow participants to structure a potential funding request around this problem.

Presenter: Erik Nordberg, Director of the Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

This workshop is FREE, but a reservation is required. Space is limited! Register online or by calling (937) 775-2092.

A Presentation of the MAC Speakers Bureau Basic Workshop Series Sponsored by Battelle

Free Parking is Available in Lot 1 near the Berry Room Entrance, see map and directions for more information.

2016 Ohio Archives Grant Program

The Ohio Archives Grants (between $500 and $2,000) are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State Board Programming Grants. Projects eligible for funding in 2016 include:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.
  • Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.
  • Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.
  • Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding. (See “Museum Materials” in Ineligible Expenses below.)

Proposals must be received by February 29, 2016. Awards will be announced March 25, and projects must be completed by December 31, 2016.

Get the application, budget form and support materials…

2015 OHRAB ReGrant Awardees

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) recently announced the recipients of the 2015 OHRAB Regrant funds. Eleven Ohio institutions were awarded partial or full funding to support archival historic preservation projects. Grant dollar awards ranged from $534 to $2000.

OHRAB’s regrant funding program is supported by funds obtained from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Through OHRAB’s regrant application process, funding is provided to institutions and local groups to assist in preservation of archives and historic collections.

Below are the 2015 Regrant Award Recipients:

  • Delaware County Historical Society, Delaware, OH
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregational Archives, Cincinnati, OH
  • Huron Historical Society, Huron, OH
  • Kent State University Libraries, Kent, OH
  • Lakeside Heritage Society, Lakeside, OH
  • Marion County Historical Society, Marion, OH
  • Milan-Berlin Library District, Milan, OH
  • Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH
  • Rodman Public Library, Alliance, OH
  • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron, OH
  • County of Summit Records Center, Akron, OH

More information on the projects and the regrants program can be found on our Ohio Archives Grant Program page.

2014 NHPRC Grant Opportunities

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced its grant opportunities for 2014:

  • Access to Historical Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.
    • Final Deadline: August 27, 2014
  • Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagement with historical records.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records of national significance.This program has two deadlines:
    • Final Deadline: August 27, 2014
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • State Government Electronic Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will accession, describe, preserve, and provide access to state government electronic records of enduring value.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014

We have added these dates (along with optional and required draft deadlines) to our Calendar.