Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program
Minnesota is fortunate to have more than 500 active historical organizations across the state, ranging from county and local historical organizations to topical historical organizations, such as transportation history museums, to organizations that preserve historic structures.
Each of these organizations serves an important role in preserving significant stories of the people and events of Minnesota.
Through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program, the Minnesota Historical Society, with the assistance of the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (a citizen advisory panel), awarded 474 grants, totaling $6.55 million, through a competitive process to 343 organizations in 86 Minnesota counties.
Despite the tremendous success of this program, the need for Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants is great and demand outweighed available resources by a ratio of six to one.
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.