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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.



  • Heritage Support Grants Three-Part Webinar – April 13, 20 and 27, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    This series is designed for new and potential grant applicants who would like to learn more about Heritage Support Grants, from using the online grant software to submitting your final application.

    • April 13 – Heritage Support Grants overview and tour of the online grant portal.
    • April 20 – A closer look at the grant applications section by section.
    • April 27 – Introduction to logic models, project budgets and cash match.




  • Pitching Your Project
    Tuesday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Register by May 9)
    Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis

    Join us for a hands-on workshop covering FAQs, grant writing tips and one-on-one time with grant coaches. In the afternoon we provide time and computer access for some on-site writing. A Heritage Support Grants workshop.



  • Fundraising Basics
    In this introduction to the principles of fundraising, we discuss how the development process can be applied to local history organizations and cover commonly-used fundraising terms. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.
    • Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Register by May 30)
      Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield
    • Thursday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CENTRAL time (Register by June 1)
      Porter County Museum, Valparaiso





Lilly Endowment

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