Funding is awarded through Project Grants and Mini Grants. See details below. Find lists of past grant awardees here.
Project grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. The application process for Project Grants consists of two parts. Applicants will first need to submit a Summary of Proposal. Proposals will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.
Project Grants require a 15% cash match. These matching funds must come from new fundraising and cannot come from an in-kind donation, such as donated materials or professional services. Matching funds should not come from the organization’s general or rainy-day funds.
The 15% match is calculated in addition to your total grant funding. If, for example, you receive $10,000 in HSG funding, the cash match would be $1,500, and the project total from the grant and the cash match would be $11,500.
Matching funds are intended to be used for a project-related expense. Many organizations use the 15% cash match for contingency funds.
Grant recipients have a total of 16 months to secure their cash match. Fundraising can start up to four months before the Summary of Proposal deadline and funds must be in hand by the end of the grant cycle.
Project Grants require 100% board support in the organization. Board support can be financial contributions, volunteer time or a combination of the two.
Grant Cycle B (The application deadline for this cycle has passed)
Project timeline: July 2021 through June 2022:
Grant Cycle C
Project timeline: July 2022 through June 2023:
Mini grants range from $500 to $4,999. No outside matching support is required.
Grant Cycle D
Project timeline: October 2021 through September 2022
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:
*An organization that operates under a larger parent organization is eligible only through a “friends group.” Friends Group applications will be required to supply a letter from their parent organization confirming the following:
**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.
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 provide additional fundraising resources and review grant applications before submission. Organizations can also access their coach for questions regarding grant processes and implementation.
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 free fundraising workshops. 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: