Oral History Grants

Updated At-A-Glance Oral History Grant Guidelines

Draft applications are due on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.
Final applications are due on April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1.
Final notifications will be sent no later than April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15.

UH & UHS staff will provide technical assistance within 3 weeks of receiving the draft and applicants will have an additional week to revise their applications and submit a final application for review. The Oral History committee will meet to review final applications and awards will be communicated within approximately 2 weeks.


Funding for the Collection and Transcription of Oral Histories

The primary purpose of the collaborative Utah Humanities/Utah Historical Society Oral History Program is to collect and transcribe oral histories, deposit the transcripts and tapes, flash drives, or CDs with the Utah Historical Society Library and other public deposition sites (such as local libraries), and make the content of the collected oral histories available to the general public through a live public program.   

The Utah Historical Society aims to leverage this partnership to develop and deepen oral history work on behalf of the Peoples of Utah Revisited Initiative, the Society’s flagship project for Utah250 and America250.

Funding is made possible through the Utah Historical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Grants provide up to $3,000 for oral history research, interviews, and transcription costs.  
  • Deadlines for draft applications are due:
          March 1 for projects starting on or after May
          June 1 for projects starting on or after August 1
          September 1 for projects starting on or after November 1
          December 1 for projects starting on or after February 1.  
  • Deadlines are subject to change.  
  • Projects must be completed in a 12-month period. Extensions may be requested in writing, but are rarely approved.  
  • The program is administered jointly by Utah Humanities and the Utah Historical Society. 

How to Apply

Oral History Grant Guidelines
Submit a Draft Application

Grant Administration Forms for Funded Grant Projects

Project Director Instructions
Fiscal Agent Instructions 
Event Submission Form
Interview Agreement
Product Check Template 
OH Grant Publicity Information 
Utah Humanities Logo
Utah Historical Society Logo
Cash Request Form

Oral History Resources

Please visit the Utah Historical Society’s webpage.

For questions about the Oral History Grant Application, please contact: 

Caitlin McDonald 
Grants Program Officer 
Utah Humanities 
202 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 
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For more information about the Oral History Grant Program, Peoples Revisited, and questions about the creation of Oral Histories, please contact: 

Monique Davila  
Community Engagement Coordinator 
Utah Historical Society 
3760 S. Highland Drive  
Salt Lake City, UT 84106 
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