Partnership Grants

Shared Workforce

Partners may individually have similar needs that do not warrant hiring of full-time staff or contractors, but aggregating those functions for a temporary supplemental staff person or contractor might allow for a more intentional treatment of similar historic resources for greater public benefit. The funding for shared workforce is a onetime source of funding to enable a partnership to dramatically increase its capacity for a specified time period or to test the idea of a shared workforce among partners. The application must thoroughly demonstrate that the partnership has carefully planned how to evaluate success and sustain a shared workforce beyond the grant period.


Eligible programs include but are not limited to:
  • Improving student access to Minnesota history at local history organizations and other history entities.
  • Improving the quality of regional documentation across multiple history museums.
  • Establishing a management plan for multiple historic properties to forge a heritage tourism destination.
  • Creating an internship program that will serve regional history entities.


In addition to items described as not fundable under General Information, the following items are ineligible for funding:
  • Ongoing cost of a shared workforce beyond the end date of the grant agreement. These should be factored into the partners’ long-term plan and budget for sustainability.


The following advice corresponds to sections of the application form and is additional to the guidance provided above.
Partnership Program Description
  • Explain the need for a shared workforce and how it will benefit the partners and their customers.
  • Describe the position to be shared between the partners, including the qualifications of the position, job responsibilities, and how time will be shared between the partners.
  • Provide evidence of the partnership’s ongoing support for continuing a shared workforce beyond the term of the grant.
Evaluation Metrics
  • Estimate cost savings from the planned shared staffing to demonstrate efficiency.
  • Demonstrate how the success of the shared workforce will be evaluated and decisions made on whether to continue the program beyond the term of the grant.

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