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Grants to Minnesota Agencies for
Historic Preservation Projects

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Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)

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07/09/21 Midnight


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Grants to Minnesota local government agencies for historic preservation projects to either preserve and restore a building or to upgrade building systems and accessibility. A pre-application must be submitted prior to submitting a final application. Eligible projects must be for a public purpose on publicly owned property, and expenditures must be capital in nature.

Eligibility of Work:

The work must meet the following conditions:

  • The expenditure funded must be for a public purpose;
  • The project expenditures funded must comply with state statutory requirements for use of state bond funds, including, but not limited to, requirements that uses must be for land, buildings, or other improvements of a capital nature;
  • The work must fall within one of the prescribed categories outlined in the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid County and Local Preservation Program Manual (see Supporting Documents below);
  • The project must correspond with the purpose for which funding was issued, as set forth in the bill citation on page one (Laws of Minnesota, 2020, Special Session 5, Chapter 3, Section 24); as authorized by Minnesota Statutes 138.0525; and
  • The work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (see Supporting Documents below).


To restore, rehabilitate, preserve, and/or make accessible buildings, structures, or sites that are significant to national, state, or local history and are open or highly visible to the public. Projects most likely to be funded will stabilize, conserve, and make accessible significant historic properties.

Funding Priorities:

Priority is often given to projects that involve the stabilization or preservation of significant historical features of properties. In addition, exterior work is generally given priority over interior work unless it is systems or accessibility related.

Restoration/Preservation/Rehabilitation Projects:

In general, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (see Supporting Documents below) dictate that the historic character of a property should be retained and preserved whenever possible. Deteriorated historic features should be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature should match the old in design, color, texture, and, where possible, materials.

Typical projects in the restoration/preservation/rehabilitation projects category:

  • Roof replacement
  • Masonry restoration/repair including repointing
  • Window restoration or replacement – Note: Windows should only be replaced if they cannot be repaired. Complete photo documentation of the window deterioration must be submitted if a complete replacement is being proposed. Energy efficiency alone is not grounds for window replacement.
  • Foundation and step repair/restoration
  • Soffit, siding, and fascia repair
  • Porch restoration
  • Mural/decorative painting restoration

Building Systems and Accessibility:

Building systems projects include devices to regulate and control temperature and humidity; devices designed to detect and provide notification in case of emergencies, such as fire or unauthorized entrance to a building; replacement of heating/cooling systems; and the upgrading to code and/or replacement of electrical or plumbing systems. For building systems projects to be eligible for a capital project grant, the useful life of the devices or systems must exceed twenty (20) years. Other eligible projects include those that improve access to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act through the appropriate addition/installation of properly sized and equipped restrooms, ramps, elevators, and/or lifts. The impact of the system replacement/upgrade or the addition/installation of accessible equipment on the building's historic fabric must be minimal.

Typical projects in the building systems and Accessibility projects category:

  • Replacement of a building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system
  • Updating a building’s electrical and/or plumbing system
  • Installation of a security or fire protection system
  • Installation of an elevator or lift
  • Installation of a handicapped-accessible ramp
  • Installation of handicapped-accessible restroom(s)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134710

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum requested grant amount needs to be $10,001. There is no request grant amount cap.

Term of Contract:

- December 1, 2021: The earliest beginning date for grant work
- December 1, 2023: The latest ending date on all grant work

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a governmental unit eligible to receive state bond funds as defined in Minnesota Statutes 16A.695. The primary recipients of state capital project grants are public entities, including county and local jurisdictions.

State agencies or organizations primarily funded by the State of Minnesota are not eligible to apply for grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines and Process:
- May 28, 2021: Pre-application draft deadline. A pre-application is required to be eligible to submit a final application.
- July 9, 2021: Final application deadline, midnight
- September 2021: Grants Review Committee (GRC) meeting
- October 2021: MNHS Board Approval based on GRC recommendations and notification letters are sent to all applicants
- November 2021: Grants Office prepares grant agreement (Grant period start and end dates will be listed in the grant agreement) and grantee signs agreement, returns to Grants Office

Consultation with the Grants Office is strongly encouraged before submitting the pre-application.

Applicants planning projects that do not appear to fit into one of the general categories should contact the Grants Office before submitting a pre-application.

After the pre-application is submitted, it is reviewed by the Grants Office staff. Comments that provide feedback on making your application as competitive as possible and meeting the grant requirements are sent to you 2 to 3 weeks after the application due date.

Grants must be matched on at least 1 to 1. Matching funds may be cash, in-kind, and/or donated services or materials contributed to the project. State funds may not be used as a match.

It is strongly recommended that a Conditions Assessment or Historic Structures Report (HSR) be completed before applying for restoration, preservation, and rehabilitation funds. A Conditions Assessment examines the various mechanisms that affect the structural and material conditions of the building. For more information, contact the Grants Office.

The property for which funds are being requested must be publicly owned and must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

if you have questions about the grant program or need assistance with your application, contact:

Julia Larson, Design Reviewer

Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager

For further information, call 651-259-3497 or email the Grants Office at

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