Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program

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Project Overview

Recipient: Various

Minnesota is fortunate to have more than 500 active historical organizations across the state, ranging from county and local historical organizations to topical historical organizations, such as transportation history museums, to organizations that preserve historic structures.

Each of these organizations serves an important role in preserving significant stories of the people and events of Minnesota.

Through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program, the Minnesota Historical Society, with the assistance of the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (a citizen advisory panel), awarded 474 grants, totaling $6.55 million, through a competitive process to 343 organizations in 86 Minnesota counties.

Despite the tremendous success of this program, the need for Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants is great and demand outweighed available resources by a ratio of six to one.

Project Details

The Minnesota Historical Society has awarded more than 500 grants, totaling $6.75 million, through a competitive process to organizations in all 87 counties.

Fund Availability:

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2011

Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants

Appropriation Language
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

Funding Amount: $7,000,000

Project Manager

David Grabitske
Minnesota Historical Society
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Subject: Archeology Cultural Heritage Preservation Education/Outreach Historic Preservation History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Recipient: Various

Funding Amount: $7,000,000

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: Ongoing

Appropriation Years: 2010 2011

Activity Type: Analysis/Interpretation Assessment/Evaluation Capital Development/Rehabilitation Digitization/Online Information Access Education/Outreach/Engagement Grants/Contracts Preservation

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.