The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has moved. Visit the new SHPO website.

Other Funding Sources

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Tourism Marketing Grant
October 1
- (Deadline): Explore Minnesota - The new 2019 Tourism Marketing Grant Guidelines & Request for Funding forms are now available on the Explore Minnesota industry site. Marketing Grants are offered to Minnesota non-profit organizations formed for the primary purpose of tourism promotion and to scenic byway groups incorporated as a non-profit organization. Grants are to be used for marketing and promotional projects or to conduct research to help in this endeavor. Amount: $500 to $7,000. Learn more »

The Rural Initiative 
October 3 (Deadline)
: Laura Jane Musser Fund - The Rural Initiative encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer. Applications will be accepted online from September 4 – October 3, 2018. Grant Amount: up to $5,000 for planning or up to $25,000 for implementation. Learn more »

African American Civil Rights
October 8 (Deadline)
: National Park Service: $13 million is available and applications will be accepted through two separate funding opportunity announcements, one for physical preservation projects and one for history projects. History Grant Amount: $15-50K. Preservation Grant Amount: $75K-$100K. Preservation Opportunity »  History Opportunity » 

Operating Grants
October 9
(Deadline): Tennant Foundation - Tennant Foundation grants are targeted to organizations serving the Minneapolis community around their headquarters and are typically modest operating grants. Examples of their focused giving include cultural and arts organizations. Learn more »

Music Preservation Grant
October 15 
- (Deadline): Grammy Museum - These grants are for supporting efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America. Grants: $5,000 to $20,000. Learn more »

Intercultural Harmony Initiative
October 17 (Deadline)
: Laura Jane Musser Fund - The Intercultural Harmony Initiative supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds. New programs or projects in their first three years are eligible. Applications will be accepted online from September 17 – October 17, 2018. Grant Amount: up to $5,000 for planning or up to $25,000 for implementation. Learn more »

Dialogues on the Experience of War
October 24
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Learn more »

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
November 1 
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - These grants support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. They are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. Learn more »

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
November 1
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - These grants support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.  Learn more »

Museums for America
December 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 »

Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
December 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - $5,000 to $250,000 grants for Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, that supports staff capacity building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum. There are four categories: Digital Technology, Diversity and Inclusion, Evaluation, Organizational Management. Learn more »

Iron Range Resources - Grants
The Culture and Tourism grant program support initiatives that are unique to the region and that strategically utilize local resources to stimulate tourism, enrich communities and generate economic impact through artistic, heritage-related, or recreational activities.

Marketing Grants for 2018
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.

Museums Connect: Building Global Communities
The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. The program's mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, and disability rights awareness. Awards are offered on an annual basis (contingent on funding) in amounts between $50,000 and $100,000 and require a 50% cost-share match of direct or indirect expenses. Museums Connect is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.

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

Funding Opportunities

Transportation Funds
Is your organization eligible for Transportation Alternatives funds? Check out this useful website for definitions and descriptions.

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.

Technology Grant
For each dollar your nonprofit spends on web design, programming, or other media-related work, Elevation will match that dollar with a dollar of their own. Funds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply online.

MDL Accepting Applications
Minnesota Digital Library has announced that they are accepting applications for Phase 10 digitization projects. Applications will be accepted until funding is exhausted.

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.

IMLS Grants
View available Institute of Museum and Library Services grants on the IMLS website.

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. Grants
Grants offered from 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 Deadlines for Other Sources
Minnesota Council of NonProfits upcoming grant deadlines for a variety of foundations.

Grant Resources

Find guidelines, training information, and application information online.

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

Minnesota state grant website
Minnesota state grant website is a 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.