The History Fund is a competitive matching grants program that is one of four "tax check-off" funds found on Ohio's income tax forms and entirely funded through taxpayers’ voluntary contributions.
Jackie Barton, Ohio Historical Society (OHS) Director of Education and Outreach, says the supply of grant monies available was $114,000, thanks to nearly 17,000 Ohioans who voluntarily contributed to the fund in tax year 2011.
Barton says demand for the funding was strong as they received 64 applications totaling $891,000 in requests.
The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum received a $15,000 grant. Director Wendy Zucal says the funds will benefit both the depot and the Clay Museum in Uhrichsville.
Zucal says the grant serves as the initial kick off money for the project.
Barton says she hopes the high number of applicants will inspire more people to donate to the History Fund.
For more information on how to donate to the History Fund through either the tax check off or a donation, log on to www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.