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Grants to Minnesota Agencies for Historic Preservation Projects

State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid


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USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/26/24
Deadline: 03/08/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota local government agencies for historic preservation projects to preserve or restore buildings, improve accessibility, and upgrade building systems. 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.


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:

Plans for restoration, preservation, and rehabilitation projects must follow guidelines set forth in The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties - In general, the Standards 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 and 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 and restoration
  • Soffit, siding, and fascia repair
  • Porch restoration
  • Mural and 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)

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.

For eligibility of work and eligibility of property, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be a political subdivsion eligible to receive state bond funds as defined in Minnesota Statutes sections, 16A.695 and 138.0525. The primary recipients of state capital project grants are public entities. This includes county and local jurisdictions. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability and a plan to fund the program(s) intended for the facility.

Neither grant funds nor matching funds may be used for administrative expenses not related to the project, general operating costs, or maintenance expenses. Grant funds may not be used for equipment purchases except when they are of a capital nature necessary and reasonable to carry out the project objectives and when the project guidelines permit such purchases. Grant funds cannot be used for administrative or personnel costs. Indirect cost rates, which are applicable for certain federal grants programs, are not allowable in the program. Funds may not be used to pay for expenditures incurred prior to the date the grantee is authorized by MNHS to begin work.

Ineligible Costs
● Projects to remodel or modernize the interior of historic properties.
● General maintenance, such as painting, refinishing of woodwork, and other small-scale aesthetic upkeep work items.
● Landscaping/sitework cost unless it entails the preservation or restoration of a historic landscape.
● Costs incurred prior to the project start date assigned for the grant.
● Administrative or personnel costs.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadlines and Process:
- January 26, 2024: Pre-application draft deadline. A pre-application is required to be eligible to submit a final application.
- March 8, 2024: Final application deadline, 11:59 pm
- April/May 2024: MNHS Board approval and notification letters are sent to all applicants.

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.

The amount of any grant cannot exceed fifty (50) percent of the total project. Match may be cash, in-kind oor donated services or materials, or a combination of cash and in-kind and/or donated services or materials. State funds may not be used to 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.

Additional Funding Information

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
- June 1, 2024: Earliest beginning date for grant work.
- December 1, 2025: Ending date on all grant work. These grants are eligible for time extensions.

Contact Information
Apply online:

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

John Beaty, Design Reviewer

Ryan Maciej, Design Reviewer

Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager,

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

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(800) 657-3773
(651) 259-3000

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