Cleveland Restoration Society Awarded the Buckeye Impact Grant for Program Commemorating America’s 250th Anniversary

The project is one of 23 community-based projects chosen as part of the America 250-Ohio Commission $1 million grants program.


Cleveland, Ohio (February 1, 2024) – In the lead up to America’s 250th anniversary, Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) announced today it received a Buckeye Impact Grant from the America 250-Ohio Commission for its upcoming project titled, Cleveland’s Historic Black Church Initiative.

CRS has been awarded a $27,500 grant from the Ohio Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (America 250-Ohio) for Cleveland’s Historic Black Church Initiative. This funding will enable CRS to engage an outside scholar to document the stories of Cleveland’s historic Black churches through archival research and oral history interviews, then share these stories through the publication of an 8,000-word narrative, a 30-minute video, and a live Q&A with the scholar at the video premiere.

CRS President Kathleen Crowther said, “we are absolutely thrilled to have received this award and the work it allows to highlight and shed light on African American Culture and the stories of historic Black religious institutions in Cleveland.”

“The America 250-Ohio Commission congratulates Cleveland Restoration Society on this grant award.  Their efforts in educating the public and honoring Ohio’s illustrious history are deeply appreciated,” said Doug Preisse, co-chair of the America 250-Ohio Commission. “As we near America’s 250th anniversary, these projects will play an essential role in elevating our state’s history and bolstering our communities’ efforts to execute impactful initiatives during such a monumental celebration.”

Cleveland Restoration Society was one of the 23 recipients chosen from the more than 70 statewide applications during the grant program’s fall 2023 funding cycle. In total, America 250-Ohio, awarded $398,240 in grants to communities and organizations across 15 Ohio counties as part of the commission’s first funding cycle. The America 250-Ohio Commission grants program will work with Ohio Humanities to distribute $1 million in grants by June 30, 2024, and it is designed to showcase the achievements, struggles, honors, innovations and significance of all people in Ohio since before its founding to the present day. Themes identified for Ohio’s commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary programming include:

  • Celebrations and Signature Events: Impacting tourism and economic development
  • Ohio Originals: Highlighting points of pride and unity
  • Engaging Youth and Lifelong Learners: Education and scholarship
  • Inclusive Statewide Engagement: Museums, arts and culture
  • Telling Ohio Stories: Highlighting stories of Ohioans past and present

The winter 2024 funding cycle is now open with applications due March 15, 2024. During this round, the America 250-Ohio Commission will award approximately $600,000 in grant funding. The period of performance for winter 2024 recipients will be June 15, 2024, through May 31, 2025. Eligible parties must be non-profits registered within the State of Ohio, educational, and local governmental organizations located in Ohio. Individual artists, authors, or performers must apply through a non-profit fiscal agent/sponsor. For more information on eligibility, project guidance and information on applying for a grant, visit

To learn more about the America 250-Ohio Commission’s grants program visit

About America 250-Ohio

In 2026, the United States will celebrate its Semiquincentennial, which is the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Each state has been encouraged to create a celebration and commemoration of this anniversary to reflect the unique character and contributions of each state to the nation over the past 250 years. Ohio is fully embracing this opportunity. The Ohio Commission for the Semi quincentennial (aka America 250-Ohio Commission or AM250-OH) was created by the Ohio legislature and launched on March 1, 2022. The charge of the AM250-OH Commission is to “…to plan, encourage, develop, and coordinate the commemoration of the two hundred fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United States and the impact of Ohioans on the nation’s past, present, and future.” — Ohio Revised Code (149.309). More information can be found at

About Ohio Humanities

Ohio Humanities is a statewide nonprofit that shares stories to spark conversations and inspire ideas by hosting programs and awarding grants that support storytellers statewide, from museums to journalists to documentary filmmakers. For more information, please visit our website at