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Notice of Application Deadlines for Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program

The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11 million for the 2018-2019 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (“Legacy”) Grants: $4,500,000 for FY2018 and $6,500,000 for FY2019. The program is supported by funding from state appropriations to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
 
The Minnesota Historical Society will be seeking 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. Grants will be awarded through a tiered competitive grants process. Applications for Small grants (up to $10,000 requested) will be awarded in four cycles for each fiscal year. Applications for Large grants (over $10,000 requested) will be awarded in two cycles, one for each fiscal year.
 

Fiscal Year 2018 Schedule: Application Deadline and Grant Period

SMALL and STRUCTURE GRANTS ($10,000 or less) 

Application Submission Deadline by 11:59 p.m. Project Activity Start Project Activity End Date**
Friday, July 14, 2017 October 1, 2017 October 1, 2018
Friday, October 13, 2017 January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019
Friday, January 12, 2018 April 1, 2018 April 1, 2019
Friday, April 13, 2018 July 1, 2018 July 1, 2019
 

 

LARGE GRANTS (over $10,000)

Pre-Application Submission Deadline by 11:59 p.m.
Final Application Submission Deadline by 11:59 p.m. Project Activity Start  Project Activity End**
July 21, 2017 September 15, 2017 January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019

** Grants awarded in the fiscal year 2018 can be given extensions up to the funding expiration date of June 30, 2019. Historic Preservation (construction) projects can be given extensions up to June 30, 2021. 

 

Fiscal Year 2019 Schedule: Application Deadline and Grant Period

SMALL and STRUCTURE GRANTS ($10,000 or less) 

Application Submission Deadline by 11:59 p.m. Project Activity Start Project Activity End Date**
Friday, July 13, 2018 October 1, 2018 October 1, 2019
Friday, October 12, 2018 January 1, 2019 January 1, 2020
Friday, January 11, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 1, 2020
Friday, April 12, 2019 July 1, 2019 July 1, 2020
 
 

LARGE GRANTS (over $10,000)

Pre-Application Submission Deadline by 11:59 p.m.
Final Application Submission Deadline by 11:59 p.m. Project Activity Start  Project Activity End**
Friday, May 25, 2018 July 20, 2018 December 1, 2018 January 1, 2019

 

 

** Grants awarded in the fiscal year 2019 can be given extensions up to the funding expiration date of June 30, 2020. Historic Preservation (construction) projects can be given extensions up to June 30, 2021. 
 
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental units, tribes and educational institutions.
 
Grants are available in categories for history and historic preservation projects. History categories: 1) oral history, 2) research and writing, 3) interpretive program and public education, 4) publication, 5) collections care and management, 7) museum and archives environments, 8) digital conversion and access. Historic preservation categories: 1) national register and local designation, 2) historic preservation planning, 3) historic preservation survey, identification, and evaluation, and 4) historic properties. Program funds must be used to supplement—not substitute for—traditional sources of funding.
 
Applicants will receive notification 8 weeks after Small Grant application deadlines and 20 weeks after the pre-application deadline for Large proposals.
 
The application and instructions are available on the Minnesota Historical Society website at legacy.mnhs.org/grants.  For further information, contact the Society’s Grants Office at grants@mnhs.org or (651) 259-3497.

 

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.