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August 18, 2021

Contact: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-6676

Oklahoma Historical Society Announces Application Opening Date for Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will open applications for the 2021/2022 grant cycle of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This grants-in-aid program will set aside $600,000 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 and in good standing with the Oklahoma secretary of state. The grants will be specific to four categories: collections, exhibits, programs and capacity building.

The online application process will open Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and close Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5 p.m. For applicants wishing to receive optional draft application feedback, draft applications will be due October 1, 2021. Award announcements will be made in late January 2022.

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program was launched in 2019 and, over the course of two grant cycles, has provided more than $800,000 to help accomplish over 80 projects across the state. Projects have ranged from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming.

"We have already seen wonderful results in just two years, from organizations digitizing their collections allowing for better public access, to creating new museum exhibits, to purchasing archival storage materials to preserve collections for future generations,” said Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives and the grants administrator at the OHS. “This grant program is providing needed funding to local historical organizations to help collect, preserve and share Oklahoma history."

Virtual, online workshops to inform the public about this program are scheduled for August 31 at 1 p.m. and September 10 at 11 a.m. To see the official rules for the program, as well as to sign up for the online workshops, please visit www.okhistory.org/grants or contact Nicole Harvey at 405-522-5202 or grants@okhistory.org.

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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