National History Day Travel Grants


The NHD National Contest Travel Grant Program is funded by the one-eighth cent conservation tax which is a limited source. Not every applicant can be fully funded. The maximum grant award is $600 per student. All, part or none of the applicant’s request may be awarded.

  • The applicant must be an Arkansas public school, charter school, or private school applying on behalf of students invited to participate in the NHD National Contest representing Arkansas.
  • 100% of the grant award must be used to offset expenses related to the cost of the specified student attending NHD National Contest.
  • The application must demonstrate the student’s use of primary and secondary sources of history.
  • The application must demonstrate how the student gained familiarity with libraries, archives, museums or historic sites in preparing the project.
  • The applicant must demonstrate familiarity with the grant guidelines, the goals of NHD Travel Grant program and the mission of the Department of Arkansas Heritage which is to identify Arkansas’s heritage and enhance the quality of life by the discovery, preservation and presentation of the state’s natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Each applicant shall submit documentation required in these guidelines including a portfolio of student work related to the student’s NHD project. The portfolio will include these items for each student included in the grant proposal:
    • Title Page and Process Paper as required by NHD
    • Annotated bibliography, as required by NHD
NHD National Contest Travel Grants may only be used to offset expenses associated with the specified student attending and participating in the NHD National Contest. Expenses that will be covered include transportation, lodging and meals while attending the NHD National Contest.

Apply For Funding

Deadline: May 12, 2023

Application Timeline

  • Notice of Grant Opportunity will be posted on the Department of Arkansas Heritage website at least 60 days before the submission deadline.
  • Submission deadline will be announced in Notice of Grant Opportunity.
  • Grants will be awarded within 15 days of application submission deadline. Grant awards are subject to verification of actual expenses.
  • Funds will be available after the NHD National contest following the submission of the final travel expenditures and supporting documentation demonstrating actual expenses per student (receipts, etc.). Applicant must submit final travel expenditure documentation within 30 days of the last day of the NHD National Contest or grant award will be rescinded.

Decision Process

Travel Grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the goals, evaluation criteria and eligible activities of the grant program by a panel of three or more individuals to be appointed by the Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The panel will include the State Historian or his/her designee. This panel will make the funding decisions. Grants will be awarded based on available funding.

Instructions For Applying Online

If you have previously created an online account with Department of Arkansas Heritage for a grant through one of the resource divisions (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program/AHPP or Arkansas Arts Council/AAC or Arkansas State Archives/ASA), do NOT create a new one.

If you have never applied for an online account with any Department of Arkansas Heritage program, click on “Create New Account.” To create a new account, answer the questions with the fields marked with an (*).

The following are NOT needed to apply for a Small Museums Grant:
a. EIN/Tax ID #
b. DUNS Number
c. Organization’s Longitude
d .Organization’s Latitude

Once you have completed the LOGON process, you will enter the ACCESS CODE: NHD

After you enter the Access Code, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue APPLY button.


Information That Will Need To Be Provided

All applicants will be asked to provide the following information for each student receiving travel grant funds:

  • Completed National History Day Student Information Sheet as required by National History Day – to be prepared by student. 
  • Evidence of selection to attend NHD National Contest
  • Final Travel Expenditures (to be submitted within 30 days after last day of NHD National Contest) 
    For each traveling student, provide actual transportation costs. Transportation should be stated in the form of roundtrip miles and not exceed the state government rate per round trip mile for travel by automobile. Airfare/bus fare can be demonstrated by cost to purchase tickets. Provide the “from and to” locations. For each traveling student, provide and itemized list of lodging expenditures which include each item, a unit cost, quantity and a total amount.
  • Completed form W-9 demonstrating tax exempt status.
  • Signed Certificate for Use of Funds 
  • Signed Supplemental Grant Information