A Big Thank You to the Ohio History Fund

31 Mar

Ohio History

We are grateful to The Ohio History Fund which awarded us with a $15,000 grant toward ourGrandma Gatewood documentary and we hope that you will support them in their continued efforts to bring history to Ohioans. When you put a check on your Ohio state income tax return (line 27c, “Ohio Historical Society”) you help support this program.

In its first two years, the History Fund has created grants that help support local history and preservation-related projects all across Ohio. By selecting “The Ohio Historical Society” (doing business as the Ohio History Connection) as a donation fund on your state tax returns, you can support the History Fund grant program that benefits our communities and helps preserve Ohio’s stories.

So far, Ohio taxpayers made 20 history projects possible. In our last fiscal year which ended this past June, Ohioans had contributed $165,000 to the History Fund, with an average contribution of around $9. “Last year, Ohio taxpayers helped repair leaking roofs across the state, conserve rare Wright Brothers photos in Dayton and preserve Slavic heritage in Cleveland,” says Andy Verhoff, History Fund grants manager.

“The first two years of the History Fund campaign have been a huge win for Ohio history,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “For just a few dollars, Ohioans have helped to restore historic buildings, promote education and ensure the accessibility of our state’s heritage for years to come.”

The History Fund needs to raise at least $150,000 this coming tax season to stay on Ohio’s tax forms for the next two years.

Verhoff says, “If every donor gives just $9 or $10 on their tax forms, we’ll easily cross that $150,000 threshold and have even more money to grant in support of local history.”

The History Fund creates grants to help support local history and preservation-related projects in communities throughout Ohio. It’s funded by Ohio taxpayers that select “Ohio Historical Society” as a donation fund on their state tax returns. For more information about the History Fund grant program and how to apply for grants, contact the Local History office at 1-800-858-6878 or 614-297-2340 or email localhistory@ohiohistory.org.

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