Upcoming Grant Deadlines

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.

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

2018 C.F.W.Coker Award
February 28
- Deadline: 
Society for American Archivists is asking for your to help identify archivists and groups of archivists who have made valuable contributions to their profession. They are looking for nominations for the C.F.W. Coker Award, which is awarded annually to an individual or group who have performed outstanding and innovative archival descriptive work.


SAA Archival Innovator Award
February 28
- Deadline: The Archival Innovator Award recognizes an individual archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities. Recipients receive complimentary registration for the recipient(s) (if a repository or an organization, then one representative) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.


Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award
February 28
- Deadline: The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that 
has an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

Webinar on NHPRC Grant Opportunities and Guidance
February 14
 - Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. This free, one hour webinar will provide background about grant opportunities available for archival projects offered by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and also provide practical insights on how to craft an effective grant proposal. Webinar sponsors are the state historical records advisory boards of Wisconsin, Illinois, 
and Minnesota, and Wisconsin, in partnership with the NHPRC.


Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
February 22
- Deadline: National Endowment for the Humanities - This grant program supports a series of one-week workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators that enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.


Summer Seminars and Institutes
February 22
- Deadline: National Endowment for the Humanities -
These grants broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities in supporting professional development programs, specifically designed for a national audience of K-12 educators or college and university faculty. The programs provide one- to four-week opportunities for participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore a variety of topics relevant to K-12 or undergraduate education in the humanities.


Foundation Deadlines for February: 

Best Buy FoundationAnishinabe FundDuluth Legacy Endowment FundSaint Paul Foundation (Management Improvement Fund)Bush FoundationAndersen Corporate FoundationRBC-USA Foundation.

Nominate a Colleague (or Yourself!) for an SAA Award
February 28 
- Deadline: Do you know of an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the archives profession? Or promoted greater public awareness of archives? Have you published a groundbreaking book, written an outstanding article, or developed an innovative finding aid? Do you need financial assistance to attend graduate school or a professional conference? Browse SAA's many opportunities for professional recognition and financial assistance.

NEH Public Scholar Program
February 7
- Deadline: The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources.

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.

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.

Save Americas TreasuresSave America's Treasures
Save America's Treasures grants from the federal Historic Preservation Fund provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally-significant historic properties and collections. From its inception in 1998 through 2010, Save America's Treasures assisted hundreds of nationally-significant collections at museums and historic sites throughout the country. Funding has been authorized for the distribution of up to $5 million in matching grants through Save America's Treasures in 2018. Grant amount: $25,000 - $500,000, with a required dollar-for-dollar match from non-federal sources. Deadline: February 21, 2018.?

Minnesota Foundations 2018
23: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Minnesota Foundations 2018 will provide you with specific information about the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of the most active and important foundations giving in your region. The workshop will include information about foundations giving statewide, followed by a look at some of your region's most active private, community and corporate foundations. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of MCN's Minnesota Grants Directory 2018.

Arts Learning Grant Application
February 16
- Deadline: Minnesota State Arts Board - Arts Learning is a grant program that 
offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills in the arts. For the purpose of this program, arts learning happens when participants are engaged in creating, performing, and/or responding to art in a disciplined and intentional way with a teaching artist. 

NPS Accepting Proposals for the Save America's Treasures Grant Program
February 21
- Deadline: The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America's Treasures program. 

Collections Assessment for Preservation Program
February 1, 2018 - Deadline. A CAP assessment is a study of all the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The assessment involves a site visit 
by a collections and building assessor, who spends two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines their recommendations for improved collections care tailored specifically to the participating institution. The program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment.

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: February 1 | May 1 | August 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 announces a new program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest.

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
March 1, 2018:
(Deadline). National Endowment for the Humanities - The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities. ?

LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is a publication of the National Park Foundation for the National Park Service and funded by the Gill Foundation. Each chapter is written and peer-reviewed by experts in LGBTQ Studies and is available for free downloading.

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?

Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Calendar
Minnesota State Arts Board announces Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Calendar. Application deadlines and program activity dates for 
fiscal year 2017 Arts Board grant programs are available on the calendar page of the Arts Board Web site.

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.

Marketing Grants for 2017
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.

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

2017 Minnesota Grants Directory
The 2017 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. Provided by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

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

NEH on the Road
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a opportunity for communities of all sizes to experience some of the best exhibitions it has funded. Each NEH on the Road exhibition has been developed for small to midsize museums, based on a larger exhibition funded by NEH.

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

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