Grants and Awards


Pandemic Recovery: No new Heritage Outreach Grant applications will be accepted until the period Jul-Nov 2022. However Heritage Excellence Awards will be resumed for FY 21-22 (nominations during Jul-Dec 2021)

Since 2014 the LCHS annually has provided modest grants throughout Lane County for projects involving local history. The grants can be made to organizations, individuals and businesses. Preference is first given to other museums within the county. Geographical spread is also a consideration in order to avoid urban loading, as is the anticipated quality of the proposed project result. The average grant over the years has been approximately $1,100.00. Grantees are publicly announced and the checks presented at the annual meeting of the Lane County Historical Society held in February.

Grant applications are accepted at the Lane County History Museum from July 1st through November 1st for projects to be conducted the following year. Project grant applications and budget forms are located below:


Pandemic Recovery: Heritage Excellence Awards will be resumed for FY 21-22 (nominations from Jul-Dec 2021)

Pandemic Suspension: No awards were made during FY 20-21

Since 2017 the LCHS has also provided recognition of historical excellence for both individuals and organizations. Recognition plaques are awarded for individual and lifetime achievement for individuals, for historic preservation, and also for organizational excellence for organizations. The awards are announced at the annual meeting of the Lane County Historical Society held in February.

Award nominations should be made with a simple letter or email with a rationale for the nomination. The LCHS Outreach Committee will do follow up as necessary, as well as consider nominees from its own members. Excellence award nominations can be submitted from July 1st through January 15th. Letters should be sent to: Director, Lane County History Museum, 740 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97402 and emails to [email protected]


A long desired goal for LCHS has been the establishment of a student scholarship. This is now a reality with the proceeds of the Newman Memorial Fund approved to source the first $2,000 tuition scholarship award. The fund was designated for former LCHS President Ethan Newman, also the longest-served Eugene postmaster. This award will go to a college-bound Lane County high school graduate selected by the scholarship committee. Selection will be on the basis of a 500 word written essay on one of several stipulated historical topics and the recommendation of at least one of the student’s teachers.

The deadline for the scholarship application has been extended by a week to May 17, 2021.