Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program – Children’s Museums (State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Humanities Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2019
End Date
June 2021
Activity Type
Fund Administration
Counties Affected
Project Overview

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.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (c)
Appropriation Language

$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:

  1. $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;
  2. $150,000 the second year is for the Children’s Museum of Rochester for interactive exhibits and outreach programs on arts and cultural heritage;
  3. $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
  4. $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.
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Administration costs
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Humanities Center
Street Address
987 Ivy Avenue East
St Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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