Grants

Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Administered Funds

Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Grants
When Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the state legislature created the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, a portion of which was appropriated to the Minnesota Historical Society for history-related projects around the state. One of those new initiatives is the Statewide Historical and Cultural Grants program.  Grants are available for historic preservation projects in the following categories: evaluation; heritage tourism and public education; historic properties; National Register nominations; preservation planning; and survey and inventory.  This grant program is funded by the State of Minnesota; grants are awarded on a competitive basis dependent on available State funding.

Minnesota State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program
This program supports historic preservation projects of a capital nature.  The primary recipients of state capital project grants are public entities as defined in state law, including county and local jurisdictions.  Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is historical preservation and/or interpretation, and which have entered into a qualifying lease or management agreement with an eligible public entity sponsor, are also eligible to apply.  Grant funds awarded must be matched on at least a 1-to-1 basis.  This grant program is funded by the State of Minnesota; grants are awarded on a competitive basis dependent on available State funding.

Certified Local Government Grants
This nationwide program helps local preservation groups transform from grass-roots advocates to policymakers.  A city, county or township with a qualifying heritage preservation ordinance and commission (HPC) may become a Certified Local Government (CLG) by applying to the SHPO.  CLG status enables the local government to apply for federal matching grants to preserve historic properties. This local-state-federal partnership encourages the integration of historic preservation into local government policy.  This grant program is funded by the federal government and  administered by the Minnesota SHPO.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis dependent on available federal funding. 
Contact: State Historic Preservation Office, 651-296-5451

 

National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Administered Funds

Virginia Sweatt Preservation Fund for Minnesota 
This fund provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Minnesota with matching grants for preservation planning and education efforts. Funds may be used to obtain professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development and law, as well as preservation education activities to educate the public, property owners, and business owners. Use the National Trust Preservation Funds general application to apply.

The National Trust Preservation Funds provide two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies. Matching grant funds may be used to obtain professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development and law as well as to provide preservation education activities to educate the public. – The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors.

The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund helps build the capacity of existing preservation organizations and encourage collaboration among these organizations. Funds are available to develop peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities.

The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns provides grants for communities with a population under 5,000.

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