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.


You can apply for project funding from Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund. The next grant cycle will open Sept. 1. KHS will announce recipients in early 2019.

Quick Facts:

  • A tax check-off is a voluntary way to contribute part of your state income tax refund to a specific cause.
  • Any local history organization in Kentucky is eligible to apply for a Local History Trust Fund grant.
  • 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, cemetery preservation, 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. Download a PDF handout.