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Grants to Minnesota Municipalities
to Preserve Historical Sites

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Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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03/06/20 Midnight Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota qualified governmental agencies for projects that preserve historical sites. Funding is intended to support identification of sites, surveys, planning activities, evaluation, and educational programs for the public. Projects involving historic preservation related to minority communities will receive special priority.

Certified Local Governments may use these federal matching grants for local preservation projects. Funding comes from the Historic Preservation Fund, appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

Seven areas of eligible program activity are outlined in this section: (A) Comprehensive Planning; (B) Pre-Development; (C) Survey; (D) Evaluation; (E) Local Designation Forms; (F) National Register Nomination Forms; and (G) Public Education. 

Projects that will receive special priority are those that: 

  1. Reflect the goals and strategies in the statewide preservation plan; 
  2. Promote sound preservation planning through historic context development and the completion of historic and archaeological surveys; 
  3. Result in local designations; and 
  4. Involve properties associated with the history of heretofore under-documented groups or communities (ethnic or racial minorities, for example, but also other groups defining themselves as communities).

For further details on eligible activities, see pg. 6 of the Grants Manual listed in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187965

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All work on projects funded in this grant cycle must be completed between July 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021. Project periods of appropriate length are permissible as long as the beginning and ending dates fall within this period. Most projects will begin on either July 1, 2020 or October 1, 2020 depending on the nature of the work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only those governments which have achieved certified status are eligible to apply for funding under this program. To become a CLG, a local government must have enacted a preservation ordinance establishing a Heritage Preservation Commission program for local designation of historic properties and review of proposed changes to those properties. The requirements for certification are outlined in the document "Procedures for Applying for and Maintaining Certified Local Government Status," available from the State Historic Preservation Office.

CLG grants do not fund Capital improvement ("bricks and mortar") projects.

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-application deadline: February 1, 2020
- Final application deadline: March 6, 2020
- SHPO announcement of approved grants: April 24, 2020

Final applications must be submitted on-line by midnight on the deadline date.

While not required, SHPO strongly recommends that an applicant submit a pre-application by the deadline. A pre-application is a draft of the final application that staff will review in advance of the final application deadline. Staff will provide suggestions and comments in sufficient time to incorporate revisions into the final application.

SHPO encourages representatives of CLGs to discuss project ideas with staff prior to submitting an application.

All project budgets must reflect an applicant match. Grant requests will require a minimum of a 40:60, local match: federal grant.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Jon Discher, Communications and Grants Manager
(651) 201-3284

State Historic Preservation Office
Administration Building Suite 203
50 Sherburne Ave
St. Paul, MN 55155

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