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Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2019 Grants Directory is here
The 2019 Minnesota Grants Directory is designed to help grantseekers by providing an overview of the state's most active foundations and giving programs. The directory includes basic information on over 100 community foundations, corporate giving programs, and private foundations.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

African American Civil Rights Grant Program
December 3
- (Deadline): National Park Service - Grants for projects to document, interpret and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. Learn more »

Media Projects: Development Grants
January 8
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - This grant supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Learn more »


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Society of American Archivists Foundation Grant Application Process and Guidelines
December 1
- (Letter of Inquiry): Society of American Archivists Foundation grant that meets the mission and goals of the Foundation and/or the strategic planning priorities of SAA. Applicants must make direct and substantive reference to the way(s) in which an award of funds will advance one or more of the strategic goals of the SAA Foundation and/or the Society of American Archivists. Learn more»

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
December 2
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - The goal of this initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on the following topics: transforming school library practice; community memory; digital inclusion. Learn more»


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Save America’s Treasures
December 10
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - This grant program supports the preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant historic collections and properties. It is a competitive grant program and requires a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match. Learn more »

Community Grants Program
April 1, 2020
 - (Deadline): The Butler Family Foundation’s Community Grants Program awards two-year grants for general operating support or for specific projects and programs. Organizations applying for grants in the arts or human services must work in the urban cores of Saint Paul or Minneapolis or in the East Metropolitan suburbs. Organizations applying for grants in the environment may work anywhere in Minnesota. Learn more »

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
The USDA offers a Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program for essential community facilities in rural areas, which includes museums and libraries. Learn more »

Technology Grants: Change in Application Process
December 1
- (Deadline): Shavlik Family Foundation - This foundation funds technology projects for Minnesota-serving nonprofit organizations with grants ranging from $1,000 - $30,000. The Foundation is primarily focused on information and technology resources that remove barriers or build capacity for nonprofits and their clients. Learn more »

Children’s Museums Grants
December 13
- Minnesota Humanities Center will award new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to children’s museums through the 2019-2021 legislative biennium. Learn more »

Cultural Heritage Grants
November 1 and December 4
- Deadline(s) for Micro-grant Applications: Minnesota Humanities Center - will award new competitive Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to Hmong nonprofit organizations and Somali nonprofit organizations. During the first two rounds, funds will be dispensed through microgrants — up to $5,000 per award.

National Trust Preservation Funds: Guidelines & Eligibility
February 1, June 1, and October 1
- Deadlines: National Trust for Historic Preservation - Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Learn more »

Grants for Small Museums
November 15
- Deadline - Institute of Museum and Library Services - Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. This special initiative is designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000. Learn more »

Humanities Innovation Lab
January 16, 2020
- Deadline - Minnesota Humanities Center - The Humanities Innovation Lab supports organizations and individuals who want to test new humanities-based ideas and methods. Award amount range: $250-$2,000. Goals are to create opportunities for all Minnesotans to think critically using the humanities in their communities and engage Minnesotans of all ages in appreciation, expression, and connection to their history, heritage, and community. Learn more » 

Wikimedia Foundation Grants

  • Grant programs for groups of individuals, Wikimedia affiliates, and non-profit organizations.  
  • Project Grants fund Wikimedia community members - individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons - to organize projects that benefit the Wikimedia movement. Grants are awarded quarterly. 
  • Rapid Grants fund Wikimedia community members to organize projects throughout the year up to $2,000. Projects can include experiments or standard needs that don't need a broad review to get started.

Minnesota Announces Local Grants for Census Outreach
Local and community groups may apply for small grants of up to $750 to assist with 2020 Census outreach efforts. Tribal, state, and local governments, or community organizations that form a “Complete Count Committee” can apply for the grants to increase awareness about the census and to motivate residents in the community to fill out the 2020 Census form.
Learn more »

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
January 15, 2020 - Deadline | November 15, 2019 - Application available: National Endowment for the Humanities - These grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. Learn more »

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
January 15, 2020
- Deadline | November 15, 2019 - Application available: National Endowment for the Humanities - These grants support digital projects at different stages throughout their life cycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Learn more »

Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program
The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research projects using materials from the Libraries’ rare and special collections. Named for former governor and University of Minnesota regent Elmer L. Andersen, the new program honors the Governor’s passion for collecting and for expanding the use of the collections. The Research Scholars program is available to scholars including faculty, graduate, postgraduate, and independent researchers using the collections in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. This program is not available to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate or undergraduate students or UM faculty.

The program will provide support for research projects that require the use of one or more of the collections. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and provide funds for travel, housing and other research-related costs. The final research product (e.g., journal article, documentary film) must acknowledge the Libraries’ support and be deposited with the University Libraries. Learn more »

Announcing the new Resilient Communities Project Small-Scale Partnership
The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting applications from cities, counties, tribal governments, special districts, and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota for Small-Scale RCP Partnerships for the 2019–2020 academic year.  

The new Small-Scale RCP Partnership opportunity is designed to offer more flexibility and is intended for communities seeking to collaborate with RCP on 1–5 research or technical assistance projects. It’s a great option for agencies that prefer to focus a partnership on a smaller slate of key projects, are interested in learning about how RCP works and the value it provides before considering a full-scale partnership, or do not have the staff or financial resources to sustain a full-scale, year-long RCP partnership (which typically involves 10–25 projects). 

Successful applicants will benefit from research and technical assistance on locally identified projects that advance community resiliency, provided by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota during the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 terms. 

2020 National Council on Public History Awards Cycle Open for Nominations
Over $7,000 in award money is available to recognize excellence in the multitude of ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The awards program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the National Council on Public History annual meeting, March 18 to 21, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Guidelines, as well as current and past recipients, are listed on the NCPH website »

Museums for America
November 15 - (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - $5,000 to $250,000 for projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public in three categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Learn more »

Mini-Conference Funding
National Council on Public History - NCPH is accepting applications for Mini-Cons. NCPH Mini-Conferences are designed to help our members maintain the energy, conviviality, and productivity of the annual meeting year-round. Locally organized by an NCPH member or member institution, with support from the NCPH office, mini-cons (hosting one or attending one) are a great way to meet fellow public historians in your region and see what the local public history community is up to. Learn more »

Rural Minnesota Grants
Blandin Foundation - Grants geared towards rurally-based organizations with activities directed toward rural communities. Grant Amount: Up to $50,000 and over $50,000. Visit the website for deadlines. Learn more »

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Scholarships
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) offers a limited number of partial scholarships for most MCN sponsored trainings and events to individuals from small nonprofits, organizations outside the seven-county Twin Cities area, immigrant and refugee organizations, and culturally-specific organizations working with individual cultural communities. Additionally, scholarships are available to full-time students, jobseekers, and full-time volunteers. Learn more »

How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund
Learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown. There are three annual deadlines for the National Trust Preservation Fund: February 1, June 1, and October 1. There are also special funds with a single deadline each year. Learn more »

Quatrefoil Library Scholarship
Quatrefoil Library College Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship open to all high school seniors or college students who are/will be attending college within the State of Minnesota. Quatrefoil is one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ lending libraries and also serves as a community center. Learn more »

Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
December 1
- Deadline: The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses and plan for the future. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums. Learn more » 

Grants for 2019
This Explore Minnesota grant is offered to Minnesota non-profit organizations formed for the primary purpose of tourism promotion and to scenic byway groups incorporated as non-profit organizations. Grants are to be used for marketing and promotional projects or to conduct research to help in these endeavors.

Grants for Scandinavian Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions
American-Scandinavian Foundation offers a program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest.

Community Impact Grants Program
The Home Depot Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 in its Community Impact Grants Program.

Research Grants at Presidential Libraries
Several private foundations associated with Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings.

Wells Fargo Foundation
The Wells Fargo Foundation of Minnesota has a variety of grant opportunities to cultural organizations within the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.

Arts Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board offers several grants for arts programs and artists.

NEH PAG Grants Available
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access has offered Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions to help small and mid-sized historical societies, among other repositories. Awards up to $6,000. For more information, contact via email or 202-606-8570.

Professional Awards
National Council on Public History offers several awards recognizing excellence in the many ways public historians apply their skills.

MAP-21 Information
Federal Highway Administration has provided general guidance for implementing and administering the Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Source for Grant Information
Check out Fundsnet Services, a free directory with information on grants and fundraising.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants
View available Institute of Museum and Library Services grants.

Arts Funding
Willmar Area Community Foundation has funding opportunities for organizations serving Willmar and the Kandiyohi County area. Fund for the Arts program supports small and medium-sized community organizations leading arts activities conducted by community organizations.

Grants and Scholarships
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers grants and scholarships in several categories.

Local Government Grants
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announces two economic development grants: Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program and Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program.

Archives.com Grants
Grants offered from Archives.com to individuals or organizations contributing to the promotion and advancement of family history research and historic preservation. Grant recipient chosen each month. Apply online.

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grants
Rural and Community Arts Grants available through Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Other grants also available to organizations in the Arrowhead region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis counties. See the ARAC website for more information and deadlines.

Wells Fargo grants
Wells Fargo Foundation grants guidelines available online.

Grant Resources

Find guidelines, training information, and application information online.

Grant Deadlines for Other Sources
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits upcoming grant deadlines for a variety of foundations.

Minnesota state grant website
Minnesota state grant website is the first stop for organizations interested in learning about grant opportunities at 23 state agencies.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Application Deadlines
Deadlines for grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Show Me the Money is an online guide to federal grant programs for historic properties.

Google Ad Grants
Designed for non-profit organizations, the Google Ad Grants AdWords program awards advertising on the Google.com site. Google Grant recipients use their award of free AdWords advertising on Google.com to raise awareness and increase traffic. Each organization awarded a grant receives at least three months of in-kind advertising. Deadline: Ongoing.