The Ohio History Fund Grant Program - The More We All Give, the More Grants the History Fund Makes Back to Us

The following article is by guest author, Andy Verhoff - Ohio History Fund Grant Coordinator at the Ohio History Connection.

By: Andy Verhoff
Ohio History Fund Grant Coordinator
Ohio History Connection

The Ohio History Connection’s History Fund grant program is one of the few grant program in the state just for history, pre-history, and historic preservation projects – and it needs your help to grow.  If you receive a refund on your Ohio income taxes, consider donating a portion of it to the “Ohio History Fund” tax “check-off,” line 26c on your state tax return. 

Our goal for the History Fund this year is a modest $88,000, a 10% increase in tax check-off donations in 2016, and approximately $9 from 9,800 Ohioans.  Coupled with sales of Ohio History mastodon license plates and donations to the Ohio History Connection for the History Fund (see below), our goal is to have $90,000 for the program by the end of the year.

Your donation with those from your friends, relatives, and thousands of other history lovers makes possible grants for local history projects in places big and small throughout Ohio.  Since the Ohio History Fund started in 2012, it has made 47 grants in 32 counties for a total of $448,000.  Proving that there is a great need for the History Fund, it has received 224 grant applications from 52 counties, totaling $2.7 million in requests!  For a list of grant recipients, visit

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 History Fund grant program.  To learn more, visit:

You can also make a donation directly to the Ohio History Connection for the History Fund, visit

The more you give to the Ohio History Fund, to more grants it can make to organizations that preserve history in our state.  Questions about the History Fund? Visit or call Andy Verhoff in the Ohio History Connection’s Local History Service department at 614-297-2341 or email [email protected].  Thanks!