The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Program Administration

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4, (b) (1) Grants
Appropriation Language

$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 the second year are 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 grant process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grant mechanisms, with assistance from the advisory committee created under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), item (ii).

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable outcomes include the number of counties, applicants, and grantees served through the grants program and the types of grants awarded. In addition, grants staff measure the amount of technical assistance provided, including through workshops, site visits, phone calls, emails, and face-to-face consultation. Grants staff also monitor the improvement grant applicants make with each grant application and the degree to which project results meet professional standards, ensuring Minnesota's historic resources are properly preserved.

Project Overview
The administration of the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Program ensures rigor, fairness, honesty, integrity, and consistency in the distribution of ACHF funding. Grants staff consult on, review, evaluate, respond to, mentor, coach, shape, and monitor grant projects from initial applicant contact to project closeout, reporting, and monitoring. Throughout this process, grants staff provide effective training and technical assistance for grant applicants and recipients, ensuring projects meet professional standards and building the capacity of grant applicants and recipients to preserve Minnesota's history. Technical assistance includes site visits and monitoring visits on projects throughout the state, as dictated by Office of Grants Management Policies or as needed in order to ensure successful completion of the grant. Grant Program Administration also supports the Historic Resources Advisory Committee, a volunteer committee established by legislature to provide policy and grantmaking guidance on expenditures of funds.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code