Application Strategies and Checklist

Strategies for Preparing a Competitive Grant Proposal

  • Read the guidelines thoroughly before filling out the application. Contact the Grants Office well in advance of the deadlines and ask questions and/or submit a pre-application. You can also request a meeting, either in our office or at your organization. Don’t be shy!
  • Plan ahead. Last minute haste prior to deadlines often causes avoidable errors, and you will need time to address the bullet points in this section. Also, it will take a little time to set up your account in the MHS Grants Portal powered by Fluxx. 
  • Write clearly and concisely. Your application must convey your proposal quickly and easily to the Historic Resource Advisory Committee (HRAC). Avoid wordiness and extraneous information.
  • Answer all questions thoroughly, but concisely. Include all requested materials. An incomplete application is grounds for denial.
  • Write your proposal as if the staff and committee members are not familiar with your organization. The HRAC has statewide representation and the members come from a variety of disciplines, so most likely a few, but not all, may be familiar with your organization, mission, programs, etc.
  • Be realistic. Do you have the capacity to take on the project(s) you are proposing? How many concurrent projects can your organization sustain?
  • Does your proposal accurately reflect your organization, its staff/volunteers, and its budget?
  • Have another person proofread your application. It is easy to overlook key information or spelling errors when you are very familiar with what you have written. Find a board member, spouse, neighbor, or friend who would be willing to give you a critical review. 

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The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.