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March 4, 2021

Contact: Nicole Harvey
Grants Administrator, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5202

Edmond Historic Preservation Trust Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society is proud to announce that the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

“This grant is great news for Edmond, which is already such a fantastic place to live, work and enjoy,” said Rep. Mike Osburn, Edmond. “Helping the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust develop a strategic plan for future projects and activities will enhance our community. For that, I am grateful.”

The Edmond Historic Preservation Trust has been awarded $1,000 that will fund the development of a strategic plan with a focus on developing a strong mission statement, as well as on the scope of future projects and activities. One of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant for which an organization can apply is the development of a strategic plan.

"The Edmond Historic Preservation Trust is truly honored to receive this grant," said Chairperson Stephanie Carel. "As a small organization, this funding will allow us to dream big and do projects that may have been out of our reach. Thank you Oklahoma Historical Society!"

A total of just over $460,000 in grant funds will be distributed, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. "This is only the second year for this grant program. As organizations wrap up their grant projects from last year and as we see the quality of the applications that came in for this grant cycle, it is clear that there is a strong need for this type of grant program," said Nicole Harvey, OHS grants administrator.

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 and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/grants.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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