Support Local History

A Tiny Mark – A Major Impact

It is this simple to support history organizations in Kentucky: On your state tax return, check the box designating a portion of your state income tax refund to Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund, and indicate how much you want to give. That’s it.

Your donation goes into a grant pool, which the Kentucky Historical Society administers, that museums, libraries, and local history organizations in your community can tap into to build organizational capacity and get support for programs and services.


The 2019 Grant Recipients are

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Carlisle, Kentucky (Nichols County)
Pioneer Museum Artifact Preservation

The Berry Center
New Castle, Kentucky (Henry Co.)
The Berry Center Lecture Series

Woodford County Heritage Committee (and the Jack Jouette Historic House)
Versailles, KY
African Americans in Woodford County Exhibition

Shaker Village Pleasant Hill
Harrodsburg, Kentucky (Mercer Co.)
Pieces of Pleasant Hill: Objects + Stories Exhibition

Lincoln County Historical Society
Stanford, Kentucky
Past Perfect Museum Software

Mary Todd Lincoln House
Lexington, Kentucky
Collections Management Project

Apply for Funding

You can apply for project funding from Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund. Applications available here, and must be postmarked by October 15, 2020. Planning grants range from $290 to $1,000. Implementation grants range from $290 to $2,500. KHS will notify recipients by December 5, and announce them publicly in early 2021. If you have questions about qualifying for a grant, please call the Kentucky Historical Society, (502)782-8064, or email Dr. Amanda Higgins at

Quick Facts:

  • Money for the Local History Trust Fund comes from people who donate when they file their Kentucky income tax returns.
  • History-minded organizations in Kentucky, including those with 501c3 status, local government agencies and public libraries, are eligible to apply for a Local History Trust Fund grant. For-profit entities are not eligible for funding.
  • Grants vary in amount and support activities designed to build organizational capacity or strengthen the organization. Such projects include, but are not limited to, local history education programs, collections care, publications on local history, documentaries, social media platforms and websites.
  • Grants are made based on an organization’s plan to advance in one or more areas represented in field-based standards, such as the AASLH Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations.
  • The Kentucky Historical Society oversees the Local History Trust Fund based on its state mandate to be the keeper of Kentucky’s legacy.

Help us spread the word. Encourage your friends and neighbors to make their mark for history and check the box for the Local History Trust Fund on their next tax return, and let organizations know about grant availability. Download the information sheet (PDF).