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Notice of Application Deadlines for Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program

The Minnesota Historical Society seeks grant applications to the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program to preserve and enhance access to the state’s historical and cultural resources and support projects of enduring value to history and historic preservation statewide. For the FY 2016-2017 biennium beginning on July 1, 2015, $11.5 million is available: $5,525,000 for FY 2016 and $6,000,000 for FY 2017. The program is supported by funding from state appropriations to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Grants will be awarded through a tiered competitive grants process. Applications for Small and Structured grants (up to $10,000) have rolling deadlines - 2nd Friday in the months of January, April, July and October as shown below. Applications for Large size (over $10,000) grants will be awarded in two cycles, one for each fiscal year.


  • Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Friday, January 8, 2016
  • Friday, April 8, 2016
  • Friday, July 8, 2016
  • Friday, October 14, 2016


Calendar 2015 FY 2016 awards
Pre-applications due July 31, 2015
Final Applications due September 25, 2015
Review Committee meeting November 5-6, 2015


Calendar 2016 FY 2017 awards
Pre-applications due May 27, 2016
Final Applications due July 29, 2016
Review Committee meeting September 22-23, 2016
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental units, tribes and educational institutions. Partnership projects and collaborations are encouraged.
Awarded projects generally are able to commence 8 weeks after Small Grant application deadlines and approximately 12 weeks after final application deadlines for Large proposals. Commencement is contingent upon grantee response to contracts.
For further information or help in developing an application, contact the Grants Office at grants@mnhs.org or 651-259-3467.

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.