Oregon Historic Trails Fund


Contact Information


The Oregon Historic Trails Fund (OHTF) is administered by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The mission of the OHTF is to support projects that interpret, preserve, or maintain trail-related resources.

Funding Interests

The Oregon Historic Trails Fund is dedicated to projects related to Oregon historic trails as recognized by the state legislature in ORS 358.075. To view a list of eligible trails visit the program website.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support

Funding is typically provided for projects. Funding also can be used for marketing, education, advocacy or research related to historic trails. Funds cannot be used for administrative or general operating expenses. Large capital construction projects will not be considered.

Grant Size

$1000 to $10000

Requirements & Limitations

Applications must meet the following qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a governmental agency or have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status;
  • Projects must meet interpretive standards equal to those of the National Association for Interpretation, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service or the American Association of Museums;
  • Grants require a 1:1 cash match, and the matching funds must be available before the OHTF grant is paid. Matching funds must be secured within one year of the grant award date. Also, funds used to match the OHTF grant may be used for purposes other than the project described in the OHTF grant;
  • Projects must be completed within one year of the grant payment, unless an extension is permitted by OCF;
  • Funds are distributed when projects are ready to proceed; and
  • Grantees are required to submit reports, including the documentation of expenditures, within two months of completing the project.

Application Process

Applications should include basic organization information, project information, project description, project budget and anticipated project future. The application form is available on the website.


Annual deadline is September 1.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Seaside Museum and Historical Society
Amount: $3590
Purpose: The Seaside Museum and Historical Society is the recipient of a grant from the Oregon Historic Trails Fund to support ?The Lewis and Clark Saltmakers Return? interpretive program on the beach in Seaside, Oregon.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: Friends of Opal Creek
Amount: $

The initial purpose of the group was to gain protection of the Opal Creek watershed for future generations to study and enjoy. It has expanded to also inspiring understanding of ancient forest ecosystems through education and interpretation, and working with others in the stewardship of the natural, historic and cultural values of the Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area.

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