Grant awards range from $500 to $50,000 and are awarded at two levels:
Project Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. A 15-percent cash match of outside support is required (in-kind and cost-share support do not qualify for the match). Fundraising for the project may begin up to four months prior to the Summary of Proposal deadline. The application process for Project Grants consists of two parts. Applicants will first need to submit a Summary of Proposal. These will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.
Current Grant Project timeline: August 2018 through July 2019
Mini Grants range from $500 to $4,999. No outside matching support is required. Potential Mini Grant projects might include, but are not limited to: facilitation of workshops or training; collections care materials (boxes, envelopes, folders, etc.); museum software purchase, or version/network upgrades; special events or one-time programs; hardware (computer, printer, scanner, etc.) or environmental monitoring equipment.
Project timeline: September 2018 through February 2019
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 development grant, organizations must meet all the following criteria:
* An organization that operates under a larger parent organization is eligible only through a “friends group” or other similar federally-recognized, nonprofit entity (as in the case of museums or local history rooms in libraries or state historic sites).
**A history-focused project should interpret, present or otherwise disseminate 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.
Heritage Support Grants will not fund general operating support, including:
Registered organizations will be assigned a coach from the Local History Services staff who can provide guidance and consultation throughout the grant application process. Coaches are available to answer questions about the online grant application process and serve as sounding boards to discuss grant project priorities, processes and timelines. Coaches can also provide additional fundraising resources and review grant applications before submission.
Please note that while Local History Services coaches are available to assist organizations throughout the grant application process, they are not part of the grant selection process. All grant applications will be evaluated by an external committee. The use of a Local History Services coach does not guarantee funding.
After grant awards are made, coaches are available to discuss project implementation and provide feedback on final grant reports.
Local History Services offers a series of workshops called Fundraising for Local History. Attendance at workshops is not a prerequisite to apply, nor is being an IHS Local History Partner member. For more information and upcoming workshop dates, see Training.
Applicants are encouraged to consider the American Association for State and Local History’s Standards and Excellence Program for Historical Organizations (StEPs) when preparing grant applications. Potential grant projects might address: