Support Local History


The 2021 Grant Recipients are:


The Berry Center (New Castle, Henry County), $1,100.

The Self-Directed Tours Project will develop and implement self-directed tours at The Berry Center, resulting in an interchangeable collection of displays and educational posters.  This will not only enrich the public’s understanding of The Berry Center’s mission but will also draw visitation to the town of New Castle, Our Home Place Market, and The Berry Center Bookstore.  These new tours will emphasize the message on the value of “good farming as the proper use and care of an immeasurable gift.” (Wendell Berry)


The SEEK Museum (Russellville, Logan County), $1,940.

The Welcome Video Project will purchase the equipment necessary to create and implement an introductory video for visitors to the Bibb House, the first building of the SEEK museum.


Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County (Hopkinsville, Christian County), $2,500.

The Kentucky New Era-Wood Family Archive Project will establish a climate-controlled repository to house the extensive collection of the Kentucky New Era newspaper.  The publication was established in 1869 and continues to document the lives and events of Hopkinsville and Christian County.  Project funds will unify a scattered collection and preserve the bound volumes of these newspapers. 


The Lincoln Museum (Hodgenville, LaRue County), $335.

The History and Heritage: Collection Management in the Digital Age Project provides training and support for updated collections management procedures.  Funds will purchase staff training in collections management programs to develop a collections management plan focused on greater accessibility. 

Local History Trust Fund Presentation

Apply For Funding

You can apply for project funding from Kentucky’s Local History Trust Fund. Applications are available each summer. 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.