OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma Historical Society is proud to announce that the Cherokee Heritage Center has been awarded a grant through the new Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Cherokee Heritage Center has been awarded $8,100 for the development of a new strategic plan with the help of a facilitator. The development of a comprehensive strategic plan is vital to the long-term success of any organization. A strategic plan will address the organization's mission statement, long-range planning and an action plan for accomplishing its goals.

"The Oklahoma Historical Society continues to serve as a valuable partner for the Cherokee Heritage Center, and the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant is just one more example of its unwavering support," said Brenda Partain, interim executive director. "Cherokee history is Oklahoma history, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the dedication of the Oklahoma Historical Society in collecting, preserving and sharing that history with the world. This grant opportunity will play a vital role in our ability to create a lasting and impactful strategic plan that furthers our mission and provides sustainability for our organization for generations to come."

A total of just over $410,000 in grant funds will be distributed, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. "We are very pleased with how well this first cycle of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program has gone," said Nicole Harvey, grants administrator. "Both the variety of projects and the number of applications submitted show that this program is not only necessary, but a game changer for the future of collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history in local communities across the state."

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/grants.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org