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America 250-Ohio Grants Program 

The Ohio Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (AM250-OH) will make funds available for grants to non-profit, educational, and local governmental organizations to support educational and commemorative programming about the two-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the independence and founding of the United States. The purpose of this grant program is to draw attention to the achievements, struggles, honors, innovations, and significance of all people in Ohio since before its founding to the present day as described in Ohio Revised Code SECT. 149.309 and Resolution 2023 – 09 adopted by the Ohio Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial.

The AM250-OH Commission has identified the following themes for Ohio’s Celebration and Commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the U.S.

  • Celebrations and Signature Events: Impacting Tourism and Economic Development
  • Ohio Originals: Highlighting Points of Pride & Unity
  • Engaging Youth and Lifelong Learners: Education & Scholarship
  • Inclusive Statewide Engagement: Museums, Arts & Culture
  • Telling Ohio Stories: Highlighting stories of Ohioans past and present

Grant Cycling Timing
and Grant Levels

Grant Cycle Timing:

Fall 2023 Cycle – Complete

Grant Award Press Release

Spring 2024 Cycle

  • Grant Application available: January 16, 2024
  • Grant Applications due: March 15, 2024

Grant Funding Levels:

Buckeye Impact Grants

  • Grant amounts up to $50,000
  • Projects should have a statewide, regional, or significant local impact.
  • Project types may include significant exhibitions, regional commemorative activities, substantial digital and documentary media projects, and signature public events.

Trillium Local Activity Grants

  • Grant amounts up to $5,000
  • Projects should have a local or community-wide impact.
  • Project types may include exhibitions, exhibits, interpretative panels, local commemorative programs or activities, local public events, educational and public programs, and smaller digital and documentary media projects.

Eligibility and Questions


Non-profits registered with the State of Ohio, educational, and local governmental organizations located in Ohio. Individual artists, authors, or performers must apply through a fiscal agent/sponsor.


Questions can be sent to [email protected] or call 614-461-7802. David Merkowitz and Aaron Rovan are the Ohio Humanities program officers working on the America 250-Ohio Grants Program.

America 250-Ohio Winter Grant Cycle Webinar:

Interested applicants can attend webinar on March 6, 2024. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Here’s a worksheet to help you prepare for the application.

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