Partnership Grants

Eligible Partnership Programs

As indicated previously, funds from the Heritage Partnership Program are meant to build and strengthen relationships between organizations responsible for preserving and providing access to Minnesota’s history and cultural resources. Through all of the partnership programs funded, the Heritage Partnership Program envisions outcomes that build the capacity of the individual partners and the partnership network.
What is capacity? Capacity is the ability to perform effectively, efficiently, and sustainably. Specifically, this program assists partnerships wishing to build their abilities to streamline services and maximize public benefits in relation to the preservation of Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.
Heritage Partnership Programs must be ready to begin once a grant award is made. This means applicable permissions from all of the partners’ boards or governing entities must be obtained prior to application and award.
The following is a list of potential partnership programs. This list is not exhaustive, and is meant only as a sample of possible programs. The definition of each category is elaborated upon in later sections. In addition, some programs might appear to fit under more than one category. If your planned program does not appear to fit into one of these categories, or if you are unsure which category should be applied to your program, call, email, or write the Grants Office before submitting an application. The Heritage Partnership Program encourages applications for innovative partnership programs.


  • Development of organic documents and a long-range plan to form a new partnership.
  • Developing a strategic plan for coordinating history and cultural heritage preservation activities, educational curriculum, and events among partners.
  • Integrate programs or governance between two or more organizations.
Eligible applicants are ineligible to apply for an additional Heritage Partnership Program grant that is based on a previously-funded planning and/or foundational grant (e.g., partnership development) if that funded grant is still active. The final report for the already-funded planning and/or foundational grant must be reviewed and closed by the Grants Office before an application for the next Heritage Partnership Program grant can be submitted. 


  • Improve student access to Minnesota history at local history organizations and other history entities.
  • Improve the quality of regional documentation across multiple history museums.
  • Establish a management plan for multiple historic properties to forge a heritage tourism destination.
  • Create an internship program serving regional history entities.


  • Identify skills seminars to be presented among multiple constituencies.
  • Develop a regional or community-based team to streamline disaster response efforts for historic properties, public records, museum collections, or archives.
  • Create integrated heritage tourism or exhibits programs.
  • Develop a plan to combine services for collections held among the partners, including digitization, storage, inventory, care, and access.


  • Develop leadership and/or board training for two or more partnering organizations.
  • Develop a regional disaster response and recovery supply cache as part of a regional disaster team program (e.g., develop and purchase supplies for disaster kits).
  • Plan, develop, and implement digital solutions for uniting historic resources to promote better public and student access to Minnesota history.
  • Develop cooperative agreements and procedures to manage historic properties, public records, museum collections, or archives.
  • Standardize resources among partners, such as business forms, fee schedules, etc.

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