Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Awards

MAJOR GRANT AWARDS:  $240,868

  • $20,000- Mapping May 4th: Voices of a Community | Kent State University | Portage County, Kent
  • $20,000- Marion Voices Bicentennial Oral History & Folklife Project | Marion County Historical Society | Marion County, Marion
  • $20,000- 2020 Ohioana Book Festival | Ohioana Library Association | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $20,000- No Mere Button-Pressers: Clarence H. White, Ema Spencer, and the Newark Camera Club | Columbus Museum of Art | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $20,000- Taking Our History: Providing Hope through the Humanities | Akron Children’s Hospital | Summit County, Akron
  • $19,965- HIV in the Rustbelt | University of Toledo Foundation | Lucas County, Toledo
  • $19,800- “A Higher Law: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue” | Oberlin Heritage Center | Lorain County, Oberlin
  • $19,788- Love Thru Darkness | Media Working Group | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $19,300- Midpoint Humanities Series | Midstory | Lucas County, Toledo
  • $17,000- Dementia and Personhood: Facts and Myths | Cleveland Clinic | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $15,980- Grounded Hope Podcast Series | Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions | Greene County, Yellow Springs
  • $14,600- Ohio & Erie Canal Southern Descent Heritage Trail | Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail | Scioto County, Portsmouth
  • $14,435- Press & the Presidency | Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center | Fremont County, Sandusky

MONTHLY GRANT AWARDS: $36,145

  • $2,000- Adventures in Ohio Wine Podcast Development | Ohio Wine Producers Association | Ashtabula County, Geneva
  • $2,000- Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible Exhibition | Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion Skirball Museum | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $2,000- Ashland Chautauqua Conversations | Ashland Main Street | Ashland County, Ashland
  • $2,000- Comfort Foodways in the Time of the Pandemic | Center for Food and Culture | Wood County, Bowling Green
  • $2,000- From Abolition to Black Lives Matter | College Hill Historical Society | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $2,000- Isabella Beecher Hooker – Suffrage Exhibit | Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $2,000- Mt. Blanchard Heritage Trail Project | Village of Mt. Blanchard | Hancock County, Mount Blanchard
  • $2,000- Ohio’s Aviation Heritage Planning Grant | National Aviation Heritage Alliance | Montgomery County, Dayton
  • $2,000- Peerless City Documentary Planning | Scioto Literary | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $2,000- Reinterpretation of the African Treasure Chest | Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $2,000- Returning Ohio’s Native Voices to SunWatch | Dayton Society of Natural History | Montgomery County, Dayton
  • $2,000- The Somali Journey in Ohio | Our Helpers | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $2,000- Union Baptist Cemetery Restoration | The Union Foundation | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $1,974- Stories of Veterans: EVAC Project and the War of 1812 | EVAC Project Inc | Wood County, Perrysburg
  • $1,971- “Valiant Visionaries of the Vote” Trading Card Collection | Upton Association | Trumbull County, Warren
  • $1,950- Swing! Music of the 40’s Exhibition | Dennison Railroad Depot Museum | Tuscarawas County, Dennison
  • $1,500- Sala Bosworth Exhibit Consultation | Dawes Arboretum | Licking County, Newark
  • $1,500- Women Vote: A Centennial Celebration | Harmony Creek Church United Church of Christ | Montgomery County, Dayton
  • $1,250- ConverZations | Canton Symphony Orchestra | Stark County, Canton

QUARTERLY GRANT AWARDS: $19,959

  • $5,000- Pandemics Past, Present, and Future: What history teaches us about how to prepare for, survive, and rebuild from pandemics | Ohio State University History Department | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $5,000- Shelby Cycle Museum | Shelby Cycle Historical Society | Richland County, Shelby
  • $4,984- Stories in the Woods: A Community-based History Told Along the Trails of Wintergarden/St. John’s Woods | Bowling Green State University | Wood County, Bowling Green
  • $4,975- Cuyahoga River and Downtown Cuyahoga Falls History Trail | Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership, Inc. | Summit County, Cuyahoga Falls

Questions? Contact a Program Officer:

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For Major Grants and Quarterly Grants, contact David Merkowitz, PhD

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For Monthly Grants, contact Melvin Barnes, PhD or book an appointment here

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Call us at 800.293.9774 or 614.461.7802


Already received an Ohio Humanities Grant? Visit the Funded Projects page for helpful tips and additional information.

Fiscal Year 2019 Grant Awards

MAJOR GRANT AWARDS: $154,470

  • $ 20,000 – For Comfort and Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio By Way of the Poor Farm | Wood County Historical Society | Wood County, Bowling Green
  • $ 20,000 – 2019 Ohioana Book Festival | Ohioana Library Association | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 20,000 – Books by the Banks 2019 | Books by the Banks | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $ 18,000 – Celebrating The Centennial Of Women’s Suffrage | League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 17,500 – Ohio Women and the Fight for Voter Rights | Ohio History Connection | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 17,000 – Cleveland Jewish Book Festival | Mandel Jewish Community Center | Cuyahoga County, Beachwood
  • $ 15,000 – Finding Her Voice | Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center | Sandusky County, Fremont
  • $ 14,000 – Crooked River Contrasts and Conversations | West Creek Conservancy | Cuyahoga County, Parma
  • $ 12,970 – #CitizenCLE: 2019 NEA Big Read | Center for Arts-Inspired Learning | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland

MEDIA GRANT AWARD: $50,500‬

  • $ 18,000 – Veterans across the Spectrum: Transition to Transformation | Wright State University Veteran and Military Center | Greene County, Dayton
  • $ 17,000 – “County Lines,” WYSO’s Rural Reporting Series — Season 2 | WYSO FM | Greene County, Yellow Springs
  • $ 15,500 – King of Cincinnati | Cincinnati Preservation Association | Hamilton County, Cincinnati

HERITAGE TOURISM GRANT AWARDS: $20,000

  • $ 15,000 – “BF” Interlocking Tower Interpretive Exhibits | Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum | Miami County, Bradford
  • $ 5,000 – “Jewish Cincinnati: A Walk Through History” | Jewish Federation of Cincinnati | Hamilton County, Blue Ash

EDUCATOR ENRICHMENT GRANT AWARDS: $16,175

  • $ 14,175 – The Right To Vote: The 15th and 19th Amendments | Cleveland State University | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $ 2,000 – Apollo 11: Embracing the Story | Auglaize County Educational Service Center | Auglaize County, Wapakoneta

QUARTERLY GRANT AWARDS: $28,500

  • $ 5,000 – Exhibit: Ohio Pioneers: “From such beginnings, much may be expected” | Marietta College | Washington County, Marietta
  • $ 5,000 – Celebrating the Pioneers | Friends of the Museums, Inc. | Washington County, Marietta
  • $ 5,000 – A Secret History of American River People | Ohio State University Office Of Sponsored Programs | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 5,000 – Ashland Chautauqua 2019: Art & Innovation | Ashland Chautauqua | Ashland County, Ashland
  • $ 5,000 – Fall Literary Festival | Lit Youngstown | Mahoning County, Youngstown
  • $ 3,500 – The Flying Hobos | Second Baptist Church | Franklin County, Columbus

MONTHLY GRANT AWARDS: $34,508

  • $ 2,000 – Isham Jones Lecture | Ted Lewis Museum | Pickaway County, Circleville
  • $ 2,000 – UNLADYLIKE2020: Theda Bara, Evelyn Beatrice Longman, and Mary Church Terrell | Independent Pictures | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $ 2,000 – No Bounds: The Story of Cleo Vaughn | Diverse Media Zone, Inc | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 2,000 – Trees in Trouble at the World Forum on Urban Forestry | Media Working Group | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $ 2,000 – Create Experiential Humanities Learning Program for Rossford, Ohio | Rossford CVB | Wood County, Rossford
  • $ 2,000 – A River Runs Through It: Planning for Public Humanities Engagement with the History and Culture of the Little Miami River | University of Dayton | Montgomery County, Dayton
  • $ 2,000 – Benchmarking Best Practices for Self-Guided Tours in Historic House Museums | Oberlin Heritage Center | Lorain County, Oberlin
  • $ 2,000 – Clarence White and the Newark Camera Club | Columbus Museum of Art | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 2,000 – Civility in an Era of Hostility: An Interfaith Perspective | Interfaith Association of Central Ohio | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 2,000 – Wildlife Photographer: The Life of Karl Maslowski | Voyageur Media Group, Inc | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $ 2,000 – Creating the Cuyahoga River & Putzfrau Museum | Phastar | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $ 1,986 – Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Documentary | Diverse Media Zone, Inc | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $ 1,918 – Akron History Hikes: Rediscovering Diverse Forces for Reform/Social Justice in the Akron Area | Summit County Historical Society | Summit County, Akron
  • $ 1,840 – Your Music, My Music, Our Music: Cincinnati Women Musicians at King Records and Today | King Studios, LLC | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $ 1,604 – Latino Voices of the Valley: An Oral History Project | Youngstown State University | Mahoning County, Youngstown
  • $ 1,600 – ConverZations! | Canton Symphony Orchestra | Stark County, Canton
  • $ 1,000 – American Global Leadership in a Changing World | Cleveland Council on World Affairs | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $ 1,000 – Come Together: Historic Churches of North Canton | North Canton Heritage Society | Stark County, Canton
  • $900 – Uncovering the Storied History of the Grand River Conservation Campus | The Nature Conservancy in Ohio | Franklin County, Dublin
  • $ 660 – Witches, Daemonologie & Macbeth | Opera Western Reserve | Mahoning County, Youngstown

Fiscal Year 2018 Grant Awards

MAJOR GRANT AWARDS: $149,333

  • $20,000  Books by the Banks | Books by the Banks | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $20,000  Harvest: Gathering Voices from Rural Ohio | WYSO FM | Greene County, Yellow Springs
  • $20,000  2018 Ohioana Book Festival | Ohioana Library Association | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $20,000  Reinterpreting Cincinnati’s Public Landing to Enliven the Visitor Experience | Cincinnati Museum Center | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $20,000  Voices from Ohio’s Opioid Epidemic | Ohio University Research & Technology Center (RTEC) | Athens County, Athens
  • $19,983  Patriotism & Protest: Engaging our Veterans | Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center | Sandusky County, Fremont
  • $18,000  One Community Reads | Cuyahoga County Public Library | Cuyahoga County, Parma
  • $11,350  Walking the Stories: Tenement Life in Over-the-Rhine | Over-the-Rhine Museum | Hamilton County, Cincinnati

MEDIA GRANT AWARD: $14,958

  • $14,958  Summit County and the Great War: In the Words of Those Who Served | Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens | Summit County, Akron

HERITAGE TOURISM GRANT AWARDS: $4,000

  • $2,000  Enhancing Gant Museum Cultural Heritage Tourism | Nelson T. Gant Foundation | Muskingum County, Zanesville
  • $2,000  Packard’s Columbus Walking Tour | Wild Goose Creative | Franklin County, Columbus

EDUCATOR ENRICHMENT GRANT AWARDS: $40,000

  • $20,000  Holocaust & Humanity Center Educator Professional Development | Holocaust & Humanity Center | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $15,000  Heritage Language Summit: Embracing Ohio’s Cultural and Linguistic Diversity | Ohio State University Center for Languages, Literature, and Culture | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $5,000  Bringing Shakespeare to Life in the Classroom | Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Hamilton County, Cincinnati

QUARTERLY GRANT AWARDS: $43,312

  • $5,000  Ashland Chautauqua 2018: Oceans, Rivers and Seas | Ashland Chautauqua | Ashland County, Ashland
  • $5,000  Cleveland Stories | Literary Cleveland | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $5,000  G is for Gun – Website development and community screening | ThinkTV Network | Montgomery County, Dayton
  • $5,000  Kent and the Great War | Kent Historical Society | Portage County, Kent
  • $5,000  Medieval Matters | Way Public Library | Wood County, Perrysburg
  • $5,000  “We Shall Remember Them: How Columbus Remembered the Great War” | Columbus Historical Society | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $4,927  The Athens Asylum: 150 years of a healing landscape | Southeast Ohio History Center | Athens County, Athens
  • $4,885  Lunch and Learn | Taft Museum of Art | Hamilton County, Cincinnati
  • $3,500  Women in Kent: Creativity, Gender, Situatedness | Kent State University | Portage County, Kent

MONTHLY GRANT AWARDS: $21,807

  • $2,000  Civics Materials for Community Outreach | League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $2,000  Cultural Heritage Walk Program | Cincinnati Nature Center | Clermont County, Milford
  • $2,000  Historical Thinking: From Theory to Application | Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County | Cuyahoga County, Valley View
  • $2,000  Interpretive Heritage Plan | Cleveland Grays Archive & Armory | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $2,000  Marion Voices Oral History & Folklife Project Planning Grant | Marion County Historical Society | Marion County, Marion
  • $2,000  Westcott Lecture Program | Westcott House Foundation | Clark County, Springfield
  • $2,000  Zoar Speaker Series | Zoar Community Association and the Ohio Historical Society | Tuscarawas County, Zoar
  • $1,978  The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond (1-day NEOEA Workshop Presentation) | Oberlin College | Lorain County, Oberlin
  • $1,960  Oral History of the Little Brown Jug Race | Delaware County Historical Society | Delaware County, Delaware
  • $1,944  Voices of Trumbull County | Trumbull County Historical Society | Trumbull County, Warren
  • $1,925  Art & Religion | An Intersection | Power of the Arts | Mahoning County, Youngstown

Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Awards

MAJOR GRANT AWARDS: $75,195

  • $20,000  2017 Ohioana Book Festival |Ohioana Library Association | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $17,500  Cultural Heritage Chronicle: A Capstone Publication for the Lee-Harvard Neighborhood | Cleveland Restoration Society | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $15,000  Austin-Magie Farm and Mill District, Oxford, Ohio: Digital Humanities Map & Learning Resources | Miami University | Butler County, Oxford
  • $12,695  A Story Map of the Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery | Fort Recovery Historical Society | Mercer County, Fort Recovery
  • $10,000  Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival | Mandel Jewish Community Center | Cuyahoga County, Beachwood

MEDIA GRANT AWARDS: $35,000

  • $20,000  ‘Growing Right’: The Rise of Ohio’s Ecological Food and Farm Movement, 1970s-Present | Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $15,000  World Peace Study Mission Digital Exhibit | Wilmington College Peace Resource Center | Clinton County, Wilmington

HERITAGE TOURISM GRANT AWARDS: $19,000

  • $15,000  German Village Interpretive Trail | German Village Society | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $2,000  Cultural Heritage of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and the Reese-Peters House | Decorative Arts Center of Ohio | Fairfield County, Lancaster
  • $2,000  John Brown House – Positioning our Properties for the Future | Summit County Historical Society | Summit County, Akron

EDUCATOR ENRICHMENT GRANT AWARD: $6,700

  • $6,700  Human Rights in a Global Perspective: Mass Atrocities and State-Sponsored Violence | Ohio State University Slavic, East European Languages | Franklin County, Columbus

QUARTERLY GRANT AWARDS: $38,530

  • $5,000  Ashland Chautauqua 2017: Voices of Courage | Ashland Chautauqua | Ashland County, Ashland
  • $5,000  Civil Conversations About Constitutional Matters: Roundtable Discussions on Constitutional Issues – Free Press, Freedom of Speech, Peaceable Assembly and Separation of Powers | Walsh University | Stark County, North Canton
  • $5,000  Piqua Chautauqua: World War I Centennial | Mainstreet Piqua, Inc. | Miami County, Piqua
  • $5,000  The Spirit of Neighborhoods: Culture Walks | Columbus Landmarks Foundation | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $5,000  Stokes Oral History Project | Cuyahoga Community College | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $5,000  Who We Are, Where We Live | Literary Cleveland | Cuyahoga County, Cleveland
  • $4,500  If Truth Be Told… | Bowling Green State University | Wood County, Bowling Green
  • $4,030  Ohio Farm Stories: Capturing and Reflecting on Hancock County’s Agricultural History | University of Findlay | Hancock County, Findlay

MONTHLY GRANT AWARDS: $16,930

  • $2,000  Development of the Celebrating Victoria Woodhull Project | Robbins Hunter Museum Restoration and Preservation Corporation | Licking County, Granville
  • $2,000  Six Word Stroll and Share | Short North Alliance | Franklin County, Columbus
  • $2,000  Steamboats on the Ohio River Exhibit | Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc. | Jefferson County, Steubenville
  • $2,000  Ted Lewis Museum 40th Anniversary Lecture | Ted Lewis Museum | Pickaway County, Circleville
  • $2,000  “Twenty-Six Seconds”: An Evening with Alexandra Zapruder | James A. Garfield National Historic Site | Lake County, Mentor
  • $1,995  Bicentennial Speaker Series | Zoar Community Association and the Ohio Historical Society | Tuscarawas County, Zoar
  • $1,995  Appalachia Exposed: Representing the Mountain South in American Regionalism | Springfield Museum of Art | Clark County, Springfield
  • $1,095  The Yanks Are Coming: America in the Great War, 1917-1919 | Lorain County Community College | Lorain County, Elyria
  • $950  History & People of Ohio | Buckeye Authors Book Fair Committee, Inc. | Wayne County, Wooster
  • $895  “Cooperation Through Prosperity: Marshall Plan Posters for Post-WWII European Recovery” Exhibit Programming | Wilmington College Quaker Heritage Center | Clinton County, Wilmington