Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
GrantWatch ID#: 134710
The minimum requested grant amount needs to be $10,001. There is no request grant amount cap.
- December 1, 2021: The earliest beginning date for grant work
- December 1, 2023: The latest ending date on all grant work
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://mnhs.fluxx.io/
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 email@example.com.
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