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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program

Grants-in-Aid Program

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce the creation of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. This new grants-in-aid program will set aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal governments or nonprofit historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The grants will be specific to three categories: collections, exhibits, and programs. The online applications open on Monday, September 9, 2019, and close on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 5 p.m., with award announcements being made in late January 2020

The grants are specific to three categories: collections, exhibits, and programs. There is more detail in the criteria section of this page. The amounts will generally range from $1,000 to $20,000. Please note that projects such as architectural plans, expansions, and repairs will not be eligible for the grants.

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

Program Timeline

  • September 9, 8 a.m.: Open online applications
  • November 8, 5 p.m.: Close online applications
  • November 12–27: OHS Staff Committee begins reviewing and ranking applications
  • December 13: OHS Board Subcommittee is provided the recommendation of the OHS Staff Committee
  • January 6–10: OHS Board Subcommittee meets to formulate a recommendation to the OHS Board of Directors
  • January 22: Subcommittee makes the final recommendation to OHS Board of Directors for approval
  • January 23: Recipients and applicants are notified of the board's decision
  • February 1: First contracts are sent out, and all recipients are informed in which quarter their grant will commence


The Oklahoma Historical Society has adopted rules for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

Official Administrative Rules   Program Guidelines   Historic Context Review

Secretary of State Entities Search (Use this page on the Secretary of State’s website to see if your organization is registered as a nonprofit)

Helpful Hints

  • Please note that organizations may only apply for one project. If you have multiple goals you wish to accomplish within one project, be sure to group those together into one cohesive project, not lots of different projects that add up to a certain amount of grant funds.
  • The criteria that ranks the importance of the organization's theme and/or collection is heavily weighted. Please utilize the Historic Context Review to make sure that you are fully highlighting your theme and collection so that reviewers have the best understanding of your organization possible.
  • Remember that while you know your organization intimately, the reviewers may not be as familiar. Please take time when completing your application to provide context and understanding of your organization's programming, collections, community support, and sustainability, i.e., look at the criteria and make sure that each one is properly addressed in your application.
  • Projects that are most likely to interest the reviewers will be those that have tangible improvements and possibilities (as noted in the criteria), not necessarily the ones asking for the most funding or the most elaborate request.
  • Consider your funding request amount. If you are a smaller organization without a history of large projects, consider starting with a smaller grant project and return in another grant cycle to ask for more.