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Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program (Legacy Grants) - Large Grants

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Educational Institutions for Historical and Cultural Preservation and Access

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Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)

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Deadline Date:

07/31/20 All Day


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Grants of over $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, local government and state units, tribes, and educational institutions to preserve and enhance access to historical and cultural resources within the State. Pre-applications must be submitted before submitting full proposals. Applicants are required to register in the online grants portal in advance of the deadline.

Eligible projects fall into two main project categories: community history projects and historic preservation projects.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

History categories:
- Oral History
- Research and Writing
- Interpretive Programs and Public Education
- Publications
- Collections Care and Management
- Museum and Archives Environments
- Digital Conversion and Reproduction

Historic Preservation Projects:
- National Register and Local Designation
- Historic Preservation Planning
- Historic Preservation Survey, Identification, and Evaluation
- Historic Properties

For more details about the project categories, including specific eligible costs, see the Grants Manual in the Supporting Documents field below.

General eligible costs:
Eligible costs include, but are not limited to:
- Direct costs that are integral to completing the eligible project (these must be justified in the grant application’s budget)
- Equipment purchases directly needed to carry out project objectives (e.g., recording device for an oral history project)
- Standard federal rates for mileage. Out-of-state travel needs must be justified in the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168140

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants over $10,000

Term of Contract:

Large grants typically fund projects that can be completed within 6-18 months.

Grant projects must be ready to begin once the grant is awarded. This includes applicable permissions from the grantee’s board or governing entity.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must reside in the State of Minnesota.

The applicant must be the owner of the resource (i.e. building, structure, artifact, etc.) or have legal documentation stating the limits of their rights and responsibilities over the resource. If the owner of the resource is an eligible applicant, that organization must apply for the grant.

The four groups of eligible applicants:
- Nonprofit 501c)(3) organizations: Organizations must be IRS compliant when requesting an account and/or submitting an application (including pre-application). IRS status can be checked with Guidestar at:
- State and local government units
- Federally-recognized tribes
- Educational institutions

Only those religious institutions (hereafter “churches”) recognized with formal 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are considered eligible applicants.

Applicants may apply for cooperative projects. For details, see

Ineligible applicants:
- Individuals
- For-profit corporations and organizations
- Federal agencies
- Fiscal agents (sponsors)
- All others not falling under "eligible applicants"

For information about ineligible projects, see:

For information about ineligible costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Office Open House dates:
January Grants Open House at the MN History Center: Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
February Grants Open House at the MN History Center: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Grants Office Webinar: Museum HVAC and the Grant Program: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 2:00PM to 3:00PM
March Grants Open House at the MN History Center: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
April Grants Open House at the MN History Center: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
May Grants Open House at the MN History Center: Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

To RSVP for the Open House events or to receive webinar instructions, contact Gillian Maguire.

For more information, see:

Grants Office Webinar: Time to Polish up your Historic Property Application
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Access via web:
Call in: ‪+1 321-420-4994‬‬ PIN: ‪991 487 258#

Pre-Application Information:

FY20 Cycle:
- Large Grant FY20 Pre-applications Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2019 (All day)
- Large Grant Applications Deadline for FY20 (Pre-app Required): Friday, September 13, 2019 (All day)

FY21 Cycle:
- Large Grant FY21 Pre-applications Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 (All day)
- Large Grant Applications Deadline for FY21 (Pre-app Required): Friday, July 31, 2020 (All day)

The application process for large grants will take approximately 5 months, with award notifications sent out approximately 12 weeks after the final application deadline.

If the planned project does not appear to fit into one of these categories, or if unsure which category should be applied to the project, applicants may call or e-mail the Grants Office before submitting an application.

There is one large grant round offered each year.

A funding match is not required at any level in the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program. Matching funds, however, are always encouraged.

Applicant must have the legal authority to implement change including adjacent areas as stated in the grant proposal regarding real property (historic property) or collections.

For grant applications requesting funding of $100,000 or greater, an additional peer review is conducted by a qualified professional unaffiliated with the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grants Portal:

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
(651) 259-3497

Gillian Maguire

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-259-3000 • 1-800-657-3773

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