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May 9, 2012
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Fiscal Year 2013 Grant Deadlines Announced

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce that 12 organizations in 11 counties will preserve and share our state's history with support from Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, funded by the Legacy Amendment. With this announcement, funds set aside for fiscal year 2012, which ends June 30, are now all granted.

"Requests continue to be strong and more competitive in how each meets applicable professional standards," said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society.  "For this most recent round of grants, the Society received 86 applications requesting nearly $490,000, when only approximately $74,000 remained. Grant recipients are using Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants to reach new audiences and share history in creative ways--whether it's a walking tour, historical marker, exhibit or podcasts."

The Society also announced Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants deadlines for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, 2012:

Deadlines for Small Grants, which are up to $7,000:
June 15, 2012
August 17, 2012
October 5, 2012
November 9, 2012 (funds permitting)
January 11, 2013 (funds permitting)

Deadlines for Mid and Large Size grants, which are $7,001 and higher:
Mandatory pre-applications: June 1, 2012
Final applications: July 27, 2012
Historical Resources Advisory Committee meets: September 6-7, 2012 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul
The Grants Manual is available at  Applications are accepted only through the Society’s grants portal at

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota's land, water and legacy, including state history and cultural heritage.

Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Recipients: Small and Structured Grants

Each Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria. The latest round of recipients of Small and Structured Grants of up to $7,000 are:

Beltrami County, City of Blackduck, International Railroad Trestle National Register Nomination, $6500.

Crow Wing County, Crow Wing County Historical Society, Digital Access to Crow Wing County Historical Resources, $7000.     

Crow Wing County, Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network, Restoration of the Soo Line Depot Museum Windows, $4250.    

Douglas County, City of Alexandria, Alexandria's Historic Context Study, $7000.     

Fillmore County, Rushford Area Historical Society, Security System for the Depot Museum, $6487.     

Goodhue County, City of Red Wing, Red Wing Historic Tours - Podcasts, $6000.

Kandiyohi County, Kandiyohi County Historical Society, Microfilm Kandiyohi County Township Records, $5995.     

Kittson County, Kittson County Historical Society, Kittson County Historical Society (KCHS) Collections Management, $6838.  

Lake County, Arts on Superior, Two Harbors Historic Walking Tours, $7000.       

Le Sueur County, MHIS, Inc, Le Sueur Tiger Marker, $3616.

Marshall County, City of Newfolden, Newfolden Heritage Center Exhibit, $6775.     
Otter Tail County, Prospect House Museum, Prospect House National Register Nomination, $7000.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: Small or Structured Grants of $7,000 or less, Mid-Size Grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and Large Grants of more than $50,001. For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit

For more information about other Legacy-funded history projects, please visit

Minnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. For more information visit

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society 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, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.