Ohio Historical Markers Grant Program

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation proudly partnered with Ohio History Connection in 2014 to provide historical marker grants in the Buckeye State. Markers in this program commemorate historic people, places, things or events of Ohio’s past between the years 1800-1900. 



Pomeroy Foundation grants for Ohio historical markers are open to all municipalities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in Ohio. There are 10 marker grants available to qualifying applicants in the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Ottawa, Portage, Sandusky, Seneca, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne. An additional 10 marker grants are available to qualifying applicants across all other Ohio counties.

Ohio marker grants are fully funded and cover the entire cost of a standard Ohio historical marker, pole and shipping. The grant recipient is responsible for installation of the marker.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Grant applications for this marker program are available through Ohio History Connection. Visit their site for a downloadable marker application, details about the program and a list of existing Ohio markers. The deadline for applications with Ohio History Connection is July 1, 2020. 

When applying for a Pomeroy Foundation grant, on your marker application, simply select the field that says: “Check if applying for funding through The William G. Pomeroy Foundation.” No additional paperwork is required.  

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For questions or more information, please contact Laura Russell, Ohio Historical Markers Coordinator, Ohio History Connection, at lrussell@ohiohistory.org or 614-297-2360.

Ohio Marker Design and Text Limits

The colors of Ohio roadside markers are brown with yellow highlighted lettering and border. Most inscriptions are approximately 65-120 words in length per side.

The Pomeroy Family in Ohio

Ohio’s history matters to us at the Pomeroy Foundation. We have a special interest in the Buckeye State. Our Founder, Bill Pomeroy, has deep roots there. 

Bill is a descendant of Erastus Bowe who arrived in what is now the City of Tiffin in 1817 and constructed the first permanent log house in Seneca County. Bill’s grandfather Edwin G. Pomeroy was born in Sandusky in 1886. Researching family history has brought Bill to Ohio on several occasions. In 2006, the Pomeroy Anvil Trail was extended to Ohio when a monument was installed at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, the final resting place of several Pomeroy ancestors. 


Contact Christy at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060, Monday – Friday between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm (EST).