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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program

Grants-in-Aid Program

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation, and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits, educational programming and capacity building. Applications for this annual program open in the fall, and award announcements are made in January.

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.

2021/2022 Grant Cycle

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will open applications for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program for the 2021/2022 grant cycle on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This grants-in-aid program will set aside $600,000 to award grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal government, and not-for-profit historical organizations or friends groups of historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The grants will be specific to four categories: collections, exhibits, programs, and capacity building. The online applications will open on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and close on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5 p.m. For applicants wishing to utilize the optional draft application feedback, draft applications will be due on October 1, 2021. Award announcements will be made in late January 2022.

2021/2022 Grant Cycle Dates

Application Dates

  • Friday, September 1, 2021, at 8 a.m. – Online Application Opens
  • Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. – Optional Draft Applications Due (learn more here link)
  • Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5 p.m. – Applications Due at 5 p.m.; applications must be submitted via the online platform

Additional Dates

  • November 1 to December 15, 2021 – OHS staff committee reviews applications
  • December 17, 2021 – OHS Staff Committee provides OHS board committee with recommendations/rankings
  • December 17, 2021, to January 25, 2022 – OHS board subcommittee reviews OHS Staff Committee rankings/recommendations and applications
  • January 26, 2022 – OHS board subcommittee makes the final recommendation to the OHS Board of Directors for approval
  • January 27, 2022 – Recipients and applicants are notified of the board's decision via email
  • February 15, 2022 – Contracts are initiated

Please continue to visit this site for updates on regional in-person programs and online workshops to inform the public of this program. 

The grants are specific to four categories: collections, exhibits, programs, and capacity building. There is more detail in the program requirements section of this page. 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.

Notice of Rulemaking Intent

The OHS has proposed changes to the administrative rules for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. Following the completion of the second cycle of grant applications, it was identified that clarification and modification should be made to definitions, eligibility requirements, and eligible projects and expenses. These changes are intended to create better definitions for terms used in the rules and make a clearer determination of ineligible and eligible expenses. 

The public comment period for the proposed amendments to the administrative rules has now ended. The proposed changes can be seen below and were considered for adoption at the meeting of the OHS board of directors on March 24, 2021. The proposed administrative have been approved by the legislature.

View Proposed Rules    View Rules Impact Statement