Partnership Grants

APPENDIX A: Background

The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, passed in November 2008, raises new funds from a sales tax increase to be divided among projects benefitting the outdoors, clean water, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is then further divided among many purposes including arts, arts education, museums, zoos, etc., including history. Dollars allocated for history are further divided into specific purposes such as statewide programs, grants, and partnerships. The funds for this program are those set aside for partnerships.
 
The Heritage Partnership Program had accepted proposals alongside of the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants Program for the first two biennia. On the basis of public and user comments about the usefulness of that arrangement, the Heritage Partnership Program for FY 2014 is now administered separately.
 
 
First Biennium, 2009-2011
Overall appropriation:
Appropriation for partnerships:
Allocated to non-MNHS partnerships:
Number of requests:
Amount requested:
Grants made:
Amount Granted:
 
$22 million
$4 million
$2 million
13 applications
$2,968,887
12
$2,100,000
Second Biennium, 2011-2013
Overall appropriation:
Appropriation for partnerships:
Allocated to non-MNHS partnerships:
Number of requests:
Amount requested: 
Grants made: 
Amount Granted:
 
$24.5 million
$3 million
$1 million
7 applications
$856,947
6
$530,112
Third Biennium, 2013-2015
Overall appropriation:
Appropriation for partnerships:
Allocated to non-MNHS partnerships:
Number of requests:
Amount requested: 
Grants made: 
Amount Granted:
 
$28 million
$4 million
$800,000 
21 applications
$1,365,198
14
$782,628
 
Fourth Biennium, 2015-2017
For the current 2016-2017 biennium, a portion of the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund has been appropriated again to the Minnesota Historical Society for a variety of history programs around the state—programs intended to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota’s history and its cultural and historical resources. The Heritage Partnership Program received $800,000 for the biennium:
 
Laws of Minnesota, 2015 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 4
(b) Historical Grants and Programs
(3) History Partnerships
$2,060,000 the first year and $2,140,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
 
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