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The broader aim of the IHS Heritage Support Grants is for local history organizations to become stronger cultural assets, enabling the communities they serve to embrace the special stories that set them apart. 

Through fundraising education, coaching assistance and panel participation, staff and volunteers of local history organizations will gain proficiency with fundraising and grant writing. Local History Services will offer a series of workshops to assist grant applicants. Attendance at workshops is not a prerequisite to apply, nor is being an IHS Local History Partner member.


Making Your Case for (Grant) Support

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville
    Register by Aug. 20
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Towne Square Community Centre, Winchester
    Register by Aug. 22


Change the way you think about grant writing. We will examine the “recipe” for good grant proposals and help you “cook up” a compelling case in your own requests. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.


Pitching Your Project

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
Register by Sept. 10

Knock your full grant proposal out of the park. The batting order for this workshop includes logic models, grant writing tips and one-on-one time with LHS grant coaches. In the afternoon, we will provide time and computer access for anyone interested in doing some on-site writing. A Heritage Support Grants workshop.


Fundraising Basics

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Jefferson County History Center, Madison
    Register by Oct. 8
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Wabash and Erie Canal Center, Delphi
    Register by Oct. 10


If you want to take your fundraising to the next level, this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss how basic fundraising principles can streamline and professionalize your local history organization’s efforts to raise money and help you make sense of those fundraising charts, terms and processes. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.


Evaluating Your Outcomes – WEBINAR

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2 to 3 p.m.
Register by Dec. 12 | FREE

You don’t need to be an expert to carry out useful program evaluation. This webinar will discuss basic feedback methods you can use to gauge the success of your organization’s programs. A Heritage Support Grants webinar. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2.



Heritage Support Grants Overview

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Lilly Endowment

Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.