Partnership Grants

Program Expenses

The Constitutional Amendment and Legislative Appropriation language specifically state that funds may NOT be used to substitute for traditional funding sources your organization has received in the past. This applies to all entities in the partnership.
 

What is Funded

  • Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:
  • Programs that directly connect to Minnesota history or culture.
  • Hiring a facilitator, consultant, or preliminary staff.
  • Federal GSA rates for mileage, travel, and per diem costs.
  • See category descriptions for additional costs related to specific programs.

WHAT IS NOT FUNDED

Any ineligible costs included in an application will be removed from consideration as part of the approved budget. Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
  • Programs without a direct connection to Minnesota history or cultural heritage.
  • Work not meeting professional standards appropriate to the program category.
  • Administrative expenses unrelated to the program.
  • Professional services from the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • General operating costs.
  • Projects or programs previously funded by Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation (and all planning, construction documents, historic structure reports, etc.) of historic properties (see the Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants).
  • Paying current full-time staff (see Appendix C).
  • Equipment purchases except when necessary and reasonable to carry out program objectives.
  • Expenditures incurred before the beginning date of the program or after the ending date of the program set by the Minnesota Historical Society. These dates will be included in the grant agreements.
  • Program activities begun before the beginning date of the program or completed after the ending date of the program set by the Minnesota Historical Society. These dates will be included in grant agreements.
  • Indirect cost rates or percentages, including those allowed under certain federal grants programs.
  • Costs and projects related to compliance with state and federal historic preservation laws (e.g., Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Minnesota Historic Sites Act, the Minnesota Field Archaeology Act, etc.).
  • Funding for re-granting programs. All programs awarded must directly benefit the public through the partners, who are held responsible to the Minnesota Historical Society for the use of funds. 
  • Grant writing and grant administration fees, including writing and submitting the final report. 
  • Any item not listed in the approved budget (unless written permission is received from Grants Office prior to expenditures). 
  • Ongoing costs releated to the program. These should be factored into the partners' long-term plan and budget for program sustainability.
  • Ongoing costs of internet hosting service.
  • Development of web presence that serves only as a brochure or web-based store for the partners.

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