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Fund Your Mission

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

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.

State Arts Board Grant
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that the FY 2015 Arts Learning grant program is now open for application. Deadline: Friday April 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Legacy Grant Opportunities
Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation offers Legacy Grants for various programs. Deadline: May 1, 2014. 

State Arts Board Grant Deadline
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that the FY 2015 Folk and Traditional Arts grant program is now open for application. Deadline: Friday May 2, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Minnesota Festival Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board announces the FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support program is open for application. Grant application deadline: Friday May 23, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Blandin Funding Opportunities
Blandin Foundation offers several Blandin Community Broadband Programs. Deadline: June 13, 2014. 

Arts Access Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board announces that applications are now available for the FY 2015 Arts Access grants program. Deadline: June 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Assistance Program
National Park Service offers Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups. Deadline: August 1, 2014. 

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.

State Arts Board Grant Changes
Minnesota State Arts Board posted some changes to their Fiscal Year 2014 Artist Initiative and Operating Support grant programs

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.

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 Deadlines for Other Sources
Minnesota Council on Foundations lists upcoming grant deadlines for a variety of foundations.


Grant Resources


Find guidelines, training information, and application information online.

Free Corporate Grants Research Portal

Visitors to the NonProfit Times can search by business name or by recipient cause or location. Results include donor, recipient, donation amount range, year of donation and recipient city and state.

GoogleGrants AdWords

Designed for non-profit organizations, the GoogleGrants AdWords program awards advertising on the Google.com site. GoogleGrant 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.

Grants and Loans Book

American Grants and Loans Book is now available from Canada Books. This publication contains more than 1800 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the US federal government.

Minnesota state grant website

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


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.

Economic Resources

Preparing for recession

Read 10 practical tips on "How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for an Economic Recession."

Museum survival guide

American Association of Museums offers Finding Calm in Crisis: A Museum Survival Guide.

Money for mission

Fieldstone Alliance authored Stewardship Helps Get More Mission for the Money.

Finding new revenue sources

Fieldstone Alliance offers timely advice on Short and Long-Term Approaches to Finding New Revenue Sources.

Four Steps for Success

Minnesota Council on Foundations provides timely advice for Nonprofit Survival: Four Steps to Take Now.

Nonprofit economic resources

Minnesota Council on Foundations posted a page on The Economy and Philanthropy to guide both grantseekers and grantmakers.

Free Webinar on Finding Funding

Foundation Center offers a free webinar for new nonprofit organizations on "First Fundraising Strategies for Startup Organizations" including handouts.

Philanthropy trend in Minnesota

Giving Forum reports on a growing 2009 trend to support education, which is at the core of missions for historical organizations.