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Structured Grant Options

What Is A Structured Grant?

The Structured Option for Small Grants provides a simplified application for projects tailored to common needs of historical organizations. To introduce this new concept, the Grants Office has developed a Structured Option for the following selection of projects. More may be added as they are developed.

Structured Options Currently Available

  • 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting Scholarship
    The American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) will meet in St. Paul, September 17-20, 2014, with the theme, “Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts.” Approximately 1,000 history professionals from North America will gather at this premier professional development opportunity, which is making its first appearance in Minnesota in 74 years. Over the past decade, AASLH has awarded approximately 10 percent of all of its Awards of Merit to history projects in Minnesota. 2014 offers Minnesota the opportunity not only to learn from its national colleagues, but also to share the best examples of its innovative, groundbreaking, and highly professional work.
  • Acquire Primary Resources on Microfilm/fiche | Budget Form (PDF)
    This Structured Option is designed to assist organizations with collection development by acquiring microfilm rolls or microfiche copies of historically valuable records such as newspapers or manuscripts. Having such resources available locally will help you better meet the needs of your patrons, staff and the public. 
  • Access Historical Records with Microfilm/fiche Reader/Printer/Scanner 
    The public expects greater digital access to primary historic documents. A digital microfilm/fiche reader/scanner will ensure easier access to historical information using a method more compatible with how people conduct research today. 
  • Develop a Disaster Plan
    Natural and man-made disasters threaten to damage or destroy collections. This Structured Option will help your small organization prepare a disaster plan for your collections and museum so that you will be equipped to respond in an organized and productive manner in the event of an emergency or disaster. 
  • Evaluation of Building Mechanical System (HVAC)
    This project is to conduct an evaluation of the buildings’ mechanical system (also called the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system or HVAC system) to determine what changes and improvements would be feasible and necessary to improve the environmental conditions in the building. 
  • General Conservation Assessment and Long-Range Preservation Plan
    The purpose of this project is to conduct a general survey of your collections, assess your repository’s interior environment, assess all policies and procedures for the use and care of collections, and produce a long-range preservation plan. 
  • Minnesota History and Preservation Bookshelves
    Minnesota History Bookshelf Budget Form (PDF) | Historic Preservation Bookshelf Budget Form (PDF)
    The Minnesota Historical Society’s library acquisitions curator developed a bibliography of basic sources on Minnesota history to create a Minnesota Bookshelf. The Minnesota Historic Preservation Bookshelf assembles the basic tools needed to help communities shape changes to their built environment and yet retain a sense of place.
    These Structured Options provides the means for your small organization to build your collection of Minnesota history resources for use by your staff, volunteers, members and visitors.
  • Minnesota Museum Bookshelf
    Minnesota Museum Bookshelf Budget Form (PDF)
    This Structured Option helps organizations to grow capacity by acquiring for local use a set of essential Minnesota history books or a toolkit of Historic Preservation or History Museum books.
  • Minnesota Encyclopedia Entries | Budget Worksheet (PDF)
    MNopedia: The Minnesota Encyclopedia is an exciting new project underway at the Minnesota Historical Society. The purpose of this structured grant is to provide funding for partner organizations to create encyclopedia entries or to hire a qualified writer/researcher to do the work for them.
  • StEPs Assessment Program
    Many museums and historical organizations can benefit from a self-assessment but may have neither the time nor the expertise to undertake one. To meet this need, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, developed StEPs (Standards and Excellence Program), a self-paced, self-study assessment program for small- and medium-sized history museums, historic houses, historic sites and history organizations. 
  • Planning for Redesign of Museum Lighting
    The purpose of this structured grant is to develop plans and specifications to update lighting in a museum so that collections and interpretive labels are readily visible and attractive; way finding, artifact work spaces, and storage have sufficient light; and damage to collections is minimized. 
    Another goal is to make the system energy efficient, thereby reducing consumption and cost.


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.