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

Other Funding Sources

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

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.

ALHFAM 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference Fellowships
Each year the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) offers fellowships to assist those wishing to attend the annual meeting and conference, usually held in June. The application for fellowships to attend this year's annual meeting in Tahlequah OK, June 1-5, 2018, is now available.

NEH Fellowships
April 11 - Deadline: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.

Fellowships include full conference registration ($400) plus $300 towards travel or lodging expenses. Applications are due on or before March 15, 2018, and recipients will be notified by April 1, 2018.

Call for Nominations - Society for American Archivists

Common Heritage
May 31 - Deadline: This National Endowment for the Humanities program supports events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information — provided by community attendees — about the historical materials.

Best Buy Foundation

Best Buy's philanthropic efforts focus on programs that provide teens access to opportunities through technology through their Twin Cities Fund. Deadlines: May 1 | Aug. 1.

$7.5 million available for local community projects
The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.

"Seed Grants" are typically $2,000 - $5,000 and help fund energy efficiency and/or renewable projects across the state.For example, CERT seed grant funds could pay for the labor associated with a lighting retrofit to more efficient lighting or CERT seed grant funds could also be used to pay for the labor to install a solar system in front of your building.

2018 Awards Cycle Opens

National Council on Public History has over $7,000 in awards available to recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The award program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities.

Newberry Library Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The Newberry Library Fellowship Program supports researchers using Newberry's collection. Both long-term fellowships and short-term fellowships are available.

Grants for Scandianavian 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.

Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Available
Need to restore historic vegetation along waterways? Then check out this grant opportunity to control Aquatic Invasive Species. This grant opportunity is open to Local Government, Tribal Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Non-Profit groups?

Newberry Library Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The Newberry Library Fellowship Program supports researchers using Newberry's collection. Both long-term fellowships and short-term fellowships are available.

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.

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 Opportunties

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.