Support Local History

Apply for Funding

You can apply for project funding from Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund. Applications are available here and are due by October 15. Planning grants range from $290 to $1,000. Implementation grants range from $290 to $2,500. 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.

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 (LHTF), 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.

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).

Show your support, and enter a donation on the 2020 Kentucky State tax form 740, line 38f.


The 2020 Grant Recipients are:

Crittenden County Public Library
Marion, Kentucky (Crittenden County)
“Ferry Tales: Pioneer Stories of Outlaws and Travelers on the Ohio,” Educational Programs

Bluegrass Railroad Museum
Versailles, Kentucky (Woodford County)
Publically Accessible Collections Database

The Friends of Audubon
Henderson, Kentucky (Henderson County)
Audubon Museum Photography Project

Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists
Lexington, Kentucky (Fayette County)
“Technology Talks!: LAW Virtual Demonstrations” Virtual Classroom Visits and Public Presentations


Watch the Jan. 27, 2021 presentation of the LHTF grants from the 2020 tax year.