The Indiana Historical Society is pleased to support Indiana’s local, county and regional historical societies, museums and sites in their important work through Heritage Support Grants, made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Grants are for projects that will help Indiana’s local history organizations meet high-priority needs in areas of Collections Stewardship, Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion, Sustainability, and Planning. In addition to the grant awards, IHS also offers fundraising education workshops, ongoing coaching for grant applicants and opportunities to serve on grant award selection committees.
During its first five years, the program offered 11 grant opportunities and awarded more than $2.6 million through 173 awards to 100 different organizations, which are located in 57 of Indiana’s 92 counties. These grants helped history organizations in Indiana improve stewardship of the cultural materials in their care and develop institutional capacity to play greater, more effective roles in their communities.
Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Project grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 and require a 15% cash match from new fundraising. Project grants also require 100% board support in the organization which can be financial contributions, volunteer time or a combination of the two.
Grant Cycle D (this application deadline has passed)
Project timeline: July 3, 2023 through June 28, 2024:
Mini grants range from $500 to $4,999. No outside matching support is required.
Grant Cycle H – Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2023 (this application deadline has passed)
Project timeline: Oct. 16, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024
The objective of the Heritage Support Grants program is to advance the care of and access to history in Indiana, while increasing the capacity of organizations that carry out this work.
In order to apply for a project or mini grant, organizations must meet all the following criteria:
* A Friends group organization that operates under an agreement with a larger affiliate or parent organization may apply for Heritage Support Grant funding if:
Friends group applications for Heritage Support Grants must include a letter from the affiliate/parent organization confirming their support of the project and grant application, and agreeing to the above stipulations for Friends group applications.
**A history-focused project should interpret, present or otherwise disseminate a historical narrative or information. Structures and landscapes will only be considered if they are primarily used to facilitate historical interpretation or house significant historical collections.
For inquiries regarding Heritage Support Grants contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 234-0170.