The Diversity in Local History (DLH) grant program was funded by the Washington State Legislature to offer paid internships that support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at heritage organizations across the state.
Through a competitive process, the Washington State Historical Society will provide grants up to $15,000 for projects that will partner emerging professionals in the heritage sector with local history museums and historical societies. The project/intern partnerships will enable organizations to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into their practices, and promote a long-term focus on inclusive history practices. The goal of this program is to support efforts to address institutional bias and implement new practices that aim to ensure collections, public programs, and internal policies serve all members of the community and advance inclusive history.
Grants will be distributed on a reimbursement basis only, meaning organizations must have sufficient funds on hand to pay the interns regularly and must provide documentation of that payment before receiving grant dollars. No match is required for this grant.
The Diversity in Local History Grants are open to all heritage organizations in Washington State, regardless of an existing track record of commitment to DEI work. WSHS recognizes that achieving equity is essential to the long-term health of the statewide heritage sector and seeks to support heritage organizations in moving forward with DEI work, from any starting point.
Thank you for your interest in this exciting new program.
Questions? Email our DEI Specialist, Andre Jimenez, at firstname.lastname@example.org.