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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program

Grants-in-Aid Program


Online Grant Application

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) has opened applications for the 2020/2021 grant cycle of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. This grants-in-aid program sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants must be registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state. The grants will be specific to four categories: collections, exhibits, programs, and capacity building. The online application process opened Friday, September 11, 2020, and will close Friday, October 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. For applicants wishing to receive optional draft application feedback, draft applications will be due October 2, 2020. Award announcements will be made in late January 2021.

All applicant organizations must have a strategic plan for your organization to be eligible. If your organization does not have a strategic plan, the only project you may apply for is the development of a strategic plan. Learn more about strategic plans and strategic plan development.

Program Requirements  Resources

Draft Application   Official Administrative Rules

Past Grant Awardees

2020/2021 Grant Cycle Dates

Application Dates

Friday, September 11, 2020, at 8 a.m. – Online application opens
Friday, October 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. – Optional draft applications due; Learn more about draft applications
Friday, October 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. – Final applications are due; applications must be submitted via the online platform

Additional Dates

November 3–December 15, 2020 – OHS Staff Committee reviews applications
December 15, 2020 – OHS Staff Committee provides OHS Board Subcommittee with recommendations/rankings
December 15, 2020–January 22, 2021 – OHS Board Subcommittee reviews applications and OHS Staff Committee rankings/recommendations
January 27, 2021 – OHS Board Subcommittee makes a final recommendation to OHS Board of Directors for approval
January 28, 2021 – Recipients and applicants are notified of the board's decision via email
February 15, 2021 – Contracts are initiated

The grants are specific to four categories: collections, exhibits, programs, and capacity building. The amounts will generally range from $1,000 to $20,000, with the exception of grants for the development of a strategic plan, which must be between $500 and $5,000. Please note that projects such as architectural plans, expansions, and repairs will not be eligible for funding.

For more information or questions, please contact Grants Administrator Nicole Harvey at 405-522-5202 or grants@okhistory.org.

Grant Program Overview



OHS Grants Administrator Nicole Harvey provides guidance for groups interested in applying for the 2020/2021 grant cycle. Learn which organizations and projects are eligible, how to apply, and the criteria used to evaluate grant proposals.