Ohio is filled with significant heritage sites and remarkable natural resources. The humanities help draw attention to Ohio’s tourism assets by showing why they’re significant, offering compelling stories, and creating vital visitor experiences. Most importantly, quality humanities content can make Ohio cultural heritage assets relevant and distinguish them in the tourism landscape. Visitors make decisions on where to travel based on how they connect with the story the place tells. Ohio Humanities’ Cultural Heritage Tourism Grants are designed to help you share that story with the widest possible audience.
Using Ohio Humanities Cultural Heritage Tourism Grants, organizations have developed exhibits, walking and driving tours, digital maps, and immersive historical experiences.
Quality cultural heritage tourism is a learning opportunity for travelers and local residents alike, with content informed by humanities scholarship. To see examples of humanities-rich cultural heritage content, visit SeeOhioFirst.org.
Cultural heritage tourism enhances community life and supports local economic development. Successful proposals are shaped by an inclusive planning process that brings all relevant local stakeholders together.
Step 2: Contact your Ohio Humanities Program Officer to discuss the viability of your project and receive further information about the process. Ohio Humanities staff is able to provide extensive assistance to applicants.
1-800-293-9774 / 614-461-7802
Step 3: Align proposal to a suitable grant line (Monthly, Quarterly, or Major).
Step 4: Apply for a grant!
Special Note on Planning Grants (max $2,000): To support the early-stage and planning activities that help communities create valuable heritage tourism initiatives.
Ohio Humanities prioritizes heritage tourism projects with strong collaborative relationships which include multiple cultural assets wherever possible. Planning Grants are designed to help solidify working relationships between stakeholders and institutions and envision and prepare for larger projects. In keeping with the nature of the planning process, goals may be exploratory or strategic.