Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program – Children’s Museums (State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021)
The Minnesota State Legislature asked the Minnesota Humanities Center to award arts and cultural heritage grants to children’s museums, including through a competitive grant process. A small portion of each appropriation was reserved by the Humanities Center for direct expenses related to administering the grant. Should any portion of this reserve be unused, the difference will be awarded to the respective museums.
$1,200,000 each year is for arts and cultural heritage grants to children's museums for arts and cultural exhibits and related educational outreach programs. Of this amount:
- $525,000 the first year and $375,000 the second year are for the Minnesota Children's Museum for interactive exhibits and outreach programs on arts and cultural heritage, including, during the first year only, the Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester;
- $150,000 the second year is for the Children’s Museum of Rochester for interactive exhibits and outreach programs on arts and cultural heritage;
- $50,000 each year is to develop and fabricate a permanent STEM exhibit for the Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester, which must be under a separate grant agreement from the grant agreement used to provide funding to the Minnesota Children’s Museum; and
- $625,000 each year is for grants to other children’s museums to pay for start-up costs or new exhibit and program development. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grant process. The Minnesota Humanities Center must administer these funds using established grant mechanisms.