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 PROGRAM EXAMPLES

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.

WHAT IS NOT FUNDED

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.

ADDITIONAL ADVICE FOR THE APPLICATION

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.
Sustainability
  • 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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