State Level Funding Sources

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Administered Funds

Small Cities Development Grant Program
This grant program assists smaller cities (fewer than 50,000 residents) and counties (fewer than 200,000 residents) in Minnesota with funding for housing, infrastructure and commercial rehabilitation projects that benefit people of low and moderate incomes. Grants can be used for housing, public facilities, and comprehensive projects.  Small Cities Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis dependent on available State funding.

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

Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation State Tax Credit / Grant Program
The Minnesota Historic Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit offers a 20% state tax credit for qualified historic rehabilitations, and parallels the existing federal rehabilitation tax credit. It also offers project investors an option of a grant in lieu of a credit, whichever option best suits a developer’s tax situation, in order to maximize the efficiency of the public dollars assisting the project.  Only income-producing properties are eligible for this incentive. This tax credit/ grant program is funded by the State of Minnesota; funds are awarded to eligible applicants who meet the program requirements and receive the approval of the Minnesota SHPO and National Park Service.
Contact: Linda Pate, Preservation Specialist, linda.pate@mnhs.org

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.
Contact: Mandy Skypala, Grants Office, 651-296-5478, mandy.skypala@mnhs.org

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.
Contact: Mandy Skypala, Grants Office, 651-296-5478, mandy.skypala@mnhs.org

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: Michael Koop, State Historic Preservation Office, 651-296-5451, michael.koop@mnhs.org

 

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.