Upcoming Grant Deadlines

College Scholarship
February 23, 2018 - Deadline: Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. is now accepting scholarship applications from High School seniors graduating in the Spring of 2018 and going to college in the Fall of 2018. The $1500 scholarship is available to a Duluth/Superior area graduating senior. Students of color are especially encouraged to apply.

Collaborative Research Grants
December 6
- Deadline: National Endowment for the Humanities - Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond.

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.

Give to the Max Day graphicGive to the Max Day is November 16
Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to increase giving to nonprofit organizations across the state and move more giving online. It is a day for Minnesotans to come together to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits and schools in 24 hours - starting at midnight on November 
152017 through midnight on November 16, 2017. Starting on November 1, 2017, you'll be able to schedule your donations on Go to, search for the cause or causes you want to support, visit the organization's page and select the scheduled giving option on the donation form.

Application Deadline Extended
Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces its 2017 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship deadline has been extended to Wednesday November 15, 2017. The $1,500 scholarship is open to any full-time student, who is enrolled in a higher education institution in St. Louis
County, or a resident of St. Louis County, Minnesota, who is a full-time student enrolled in a higher education institution outside of St. Louis County, Minnesota. 

For questions or more information, contact Kathleen Cargill at 218-733-7586.

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: Nov. 1 | Feb. 1 | 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.

Archives Leadership Institute
December 7
- (Deadline): National Archives and Records Administration - The Commission seeks proposals from organizations to continue the Archives Leadership Institute, which it first funded in 2008. The Archives Leadership Institute seeks to build the capacity of attendees as leaders both in their own institutions and in the archives field. The NHPRC envisions a minimum of a one-week program that will tailor contemporary best practices in leadership skills to issues that are specific to archives professionals.

Dialogues on the Experience of War
November 2
, 2017 (Deadline): This National Endowment for the Humanities program awards grants of up to $100,000 that will support the recruitment and training of discussion leaders; and following the training program, the convening of at least two discussion programs. 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 to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.

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