Grant Guide

Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)

Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants


This grant program intends to support history programs and projects and to preserve significant historical and cultural resources.

Application & Review Process

Small Grants Deadlines: Jan. 14, Apr. 8, July 9, Oct. 8

Large Grants Deadline: July 23

Small grants (less than $10,0000) are awarded quarterly and large grants (greater than $10,000) are awarded once per year. A pre-application is required for large grants. MNHS may provide feedback to applicants before final decisions are made.

Funding Amount

Small grants: <$10,000

Large grants: >$10,000

Applicants can apply for small grants under $10,000 or large grants greater than $10,000. Matching funds are encouraged, but not required.



Oral history; research and writing; interpretive programs and public education; collections care and management; digital conversion and reproduction; national register and local designation; historic preservation planning.

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501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government entities, federally recognized tribes, and educational institutions are eligible.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects happening within Minnesota are eligible. While this grant program is not specific to parks and trails, park and trail historical projects may be eligible.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award
FY15Not available275

Past Award Examples

$10,000Dodge County Historical SocietyConditions assessment and treatment plan for the Bourdon House
$10,000City of NorthfieldNarrative for history of Northfield Hospital
$10,000Hmong American Farmers AssociationOral history of Hmong farmers in Minnesota
$25,000City of DuluthHire qualified archaeologist to conduct a survey of a park
$220,000City of St. PaulRepair the Como streetcar pedestrian bridge

The information about this grant was last updated on 1/7/2021. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.