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State Capital Grants: County and Local Preservation Grants

Grants to Minnesota Agencies & Non-Profits
for Historical Preservation Projects

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Minnesota Historical Society

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09/06/13 midnight


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Grants starting at $10,000 are available to local Minnesota government agencies and non-profits for historic preservation projects to either preserve and restore a building or to upgrade building systems and accessibility. Eligible projects must be for a public purpose on publicly owned property, and expenditures must be capital in nature.

Funds will be granted to eligible organizations and agencies to acquire, restore, preserve and/or make accessible buildings, structures, or sites that are significant to national, state, or local history, and that are open or highly visible to the public. Projects most likely to be funded are those that 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.

Restoration/preservation projects require that the historic character of a property 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 projects category:
* Roof replacement
* Masonry restoration/repair including tuckpointing
* 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 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 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 the 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 historic fabric of the building 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 a 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:

$10,000 - $100,000

Term of Contract:

12-month project period for projects beginning after January 1, 2014.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is historical preservation and/or interpretation, and which have entered into a qualifying lease or management agreement with an eligible public entity sponsor.

State agencies or organizations primarily funded by the State of Minnesota are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Please note that a phased application process is in place, and that a pre-application, or qualifying application, is required. Pre-applications must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Grants must be matched on at least a one-for-one basis. 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.

Grant applications for projects involving cooperation between several organizations are encouraged, especially when the project would: (1) result in noticeable cost savings or (2) serve greater numbers of people than if it were conducted by only one organization. Applications for projects involving more than one organization should, however, clearly identify the lead organization which would coordinate the project work, serve as the fiscal agent and project director, and be responsible for all final reports.

Contact Information:

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

Mandy Skypala, Grants Office

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