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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Enhance
the Quality of Life and Attract Visitors to the Local Area

Culture and Tourism Grant

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Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation

Deadline Date:

03/31/22

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and tribal government entities in areas served by the funding source for activities that benefit local residents and attract visitors. Funding is intended for high-impact heritage, arts, cultural, and recreational programs that improve the quality of life and promote local tourism. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, capital improvements, historic preservations, community arts and culture, tourism and recreational activities, and promotion to new audiences. Applicants must be located within the service area of the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation.

Diverse populations served by this program include economically distressed communities, tribal nations, black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), veterans, low to moderate-income neighborhoods and disabled individuals. Additional points are awarded to projects that serve a diverse population as listed above or utilize state certified Targeted Group (TG), Economically Disadvantaged (ED) area or Veteran-Owned (VO) vendors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191231

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$375,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant awards range from $2,500 to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Project must begin within six months of a grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Cities, townships, nonprofits and tribal units of government with projects located within the agency's service area.

Multi-organization collaboration is welcomed and encouraged.

Ineligible projects include but are not limited to:
- Fourth of July celebrations, community festivals, fundraising events, training, reunions, marathons, races, and centennial events
- Overhead or operating expenses including salaries, wages or stipends, mileage, travel expenses, lodging, meals, operational, administrative costs or fees, tuition and scholarships, design and engineering costs, reports/studies, utilities and rentals, and existing deficits.
- Awards or prizes and the purchase or production of items for sale.

Pre-Application Information:

For FY2022, two grant cycles are offered. Applications are accepted September 1 through
September 30, 2021 and March 1 through March 31, 2022. Full applications must be submitted along with all required documentation by last day of the cycle in order to be considered.

Applications submitted after March 31, 2022 through the end of the agency’s fiscal year (June 30, 2022) may be awarded on a rolling basis subject to meeting minimum scoring criteria and subject to the availability of remaining program funds.

Application process:
- Applications must be submitted through the FLUXX grants portal.
- A short pre-application is required to determine eligibility of project.
- Once eligibility is determined, a full application will be available in FLUXX.

A project presentation may be required by the applicant.

Applicants will be notified by email within 30 days following application review.

For historic preservation projects, if the project is listed in or located on The National Register of Historic Places and/or the State Register of Historic Places, specific to public buildings and landmarks, the project must be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for review and the response letter uploaded to the application. Contact the State Historic Preservation Office with questions.

Applicants may receive one Culture & Tourism grant per fiscal year for a maximum of three consecutive fiscal years. At the time of application, the applicant must not have any outstanding or open Culture & Tourism grants with the exception of a phased project.

The agency requires a 1:1 match per project. In-kind materials and/or labor are not eligible towards the project match.

Historic Preservation Requirements:
- If your project is listed in or located on the National Register of Historic Places and/or the State Register of Historic Places (specific to public buildings and landmarks), it must be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for review and the response letter uploaded to your application.
- Contact the State Historic Preservation Office with questions.

Grant Application Portal and Forms: https://mn.gov/irrrb/grant-resources/grant-application-portal/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://irrrb.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

Direct questions to:
Danae Beaudette
218-735-3022
Danae.Beaudette@state.mn.us

Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation
P.O Box 441 - 4261 Hwy 53 South
Eveleth, MN 55734
218-735-3000

State Historic Preservation Office: 651-201-3287

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