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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Educational Institutions for History Programs and Projects


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Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program (Legacy Grants) - Large Grants

Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #168140

Grant Description

Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for history programs and projects. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting an application. The purpose of the program is to support valuable projects for the cause of history and historic preservation and improve and preserve access to cultural and historical resources.

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.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.
- 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.

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals
- For-profit corporations and organizations
- Federal agencies
- Fiscal agents (sponsors)
- All others not falling under "eligible applicants"

For information about ineligible expenses, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Office Webinar: First Steps Towards a Grant
In this webinar, you will learn what you need to register for a grants portal login, how to apply, what the grant programs offer, what the programs can fund, and which resources are available for applicants. If you have not applied for a grant or have been a while since you have applied, this webinar is for you. Presented by Gillian Maguire, Grants Associate

- Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-361-3086‬ PIN: ‪420 891 978‬#

- Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-361-3086‬ PIN: ‪420 891 978‬#

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Pre-Application Information:

- Large Pre-Application Grant Deadline: Friday, July 23, 2021 (All day)
- Large Final Application Grant Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021 (All day)

A pre-application is required for large (requests over $10,000) grant applications.

The application process for large grants will take approximately 5 months, with award notifications sent out approximately 12 weeks after the final application deadline.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests over $10,000

Term of Contract:

Large grants typically fund projects that can be completed within 6-18 months.

Contact Information:

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Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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