Latest round of Legacy small grants total $319,701 across Minnesota


The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announced 36 recipients of 38 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage small grants ($10,000 and less), totaling $319,701 in 23 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on February 20. 

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage small grant recipients

Local recipients of small grants ($10,000 and less) from the January 2018 cycle are listed below. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and are awarded according to program guidelines and criteria and professional standards.
• Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum, Rollingstone, $7,500
National Register evaluation: To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum.

• Winona County Historical Society, Winona, $8,000

Security camera upgrade: To hire qualified technicians to install a security system to protect the museum collections.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants

The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11 million for the 2018-2019 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) grants: $4,500,000 for fiscal year 2018 and $6,500,000 for fiscal year 2019. Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next small grant application deadlines are on April 13 and July 13, 2018, and the large grant preapplication deadline is on May 25, 2018. All grants are administered through a competitive process using professional standards and criteria. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit Applications are accepted only through the MNHS grants portal. The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves the past, shares the state’s stories and connects people with history.


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