Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program in the US
The Minnesota Historical Society is seeking applications for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program.
The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program —also known as Legacy Grants — is a competitive process created to provide financial support for projects focused on preserving Minnesota’s history and culture.
This state-funded program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund using sales tax revenue resulting from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy amendment created through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Small Grants requests of $10,000 or less.
These grants primarily fund projects that can be completed within 12 months.
What is funded?
Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:
Direct costs that are integral to completing the eligible project (these must be justified in the grant application’s budget)
Equipment purchases directly needed to carry out project objectives (e.g., recording device for an oral history project)
Standard federal rates for mileage. Out-of-state travel needs must be justified in the application.
See category descriptions in the Grants Manual for additional costs related to specific projects. All costs must be clearly justified in the grant application.
The state legislature’s grant program appropriation sets the general parameters for applicant and project eligibility. The appropriation specifies funding for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. In short, an eligible project must demonstrate a direct connection to Minnesota history or cultural heritage.
501(c)(3) non-profits, units of state and local government, federally recognized tribes, and educational institutions, can apply for grants. Individuals are ineligible to apply.
Both the applicant and the project need to be eligible prior to submitting an application (including pre-application).
Grant projects must be ready to begin once the grant is awarded. This includes applicable permissions from the grantee’s board or governing entity.
Applicant must have the legal authority to implement change including adjacent areas as stated in the grant proposal regarding real property (historic property) or collections.
All applicant organizations must reside in the state of Minnesota.
For more information, visit https://www.mnhs.org/preservation/legacy-grants