State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program Supports $745,003 in Grants for Historic Preservation of Publicly Owned Minnesota Buildings

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Release dated: 
February 9, 2022
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3140, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program Supports $745,003 in Grants for Historic Preservation of Publicly Owned Minnesota Buildings

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is pleased to announce the latest recipients of State Capital Grants-in-Aid grants, totaling $745,003 in five counties.

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program supports historic preservation projects of publicly owned buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or buildings that have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office.  Grant recipients are typically cities or counties, and are required to match state funds at least 1 to 1. 

Funding is through appropriations made by the Minnesota Legislature and approved by the Governor.  The funding source for this historic preservation program is state bond funds. Future grant rounds are dependent on additional appropriations by the Minnesota Legislature and the Governor.  Potential grant applicants can learn more about Capital Grant opportunities and other history grant programs at mnhs.org/grants.

Capital Grant Recipients
Grant recipients are listed in alphabetical order below. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and awarded according to program guidelines and criteria, as well as professional standards.

City of Albert Lea, Albert Lea, $276,505
To hire qualified professionals to repair the terra cotta facade on the Jacobson Building, listed as a contributing structure of the Albert Lea Commercial Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places.

City of Mahnomen, Mahnomen, $102,500
To improve public accessibility and better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Mahnomen City Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

County of Nobles, Worthington, $35,998
To hire qualified professionals to repoint the damaged brick on the Worthington Armory garage, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Otter Tail County, Fergus Falls, $275,500
To hire qualified professionals to do stabilization work, drainage work, sealing the exterior envelope, and some interior work on the Phelps Mill, part of the Phelps Mill Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Washington County, Stillwater, $54,500
To hire qualified professionals to add storm windows to protect the original wooden windows on the Washington County Historic Courthouse, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information on the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid program, including application opportunities, visit https://www.mnhs.org/preservation/state-capital. Applications are accepted only through the MNHS grants portal.

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