Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Supporting the preservation of Minnesota’s history and culture since 2008

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program —also known as Legacy Grants — is a competitive process created to provide financial support for projects focused on preserving Minnesota’s history and culture. This state-funded program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, created through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

About the Grants program

Special Notice on the COVID-19 Virus

The COVID-19 crisis will have a significant impact on the State of Minnesota’s budget, including Legacy funds. At this time, state officials do not know the extent of the impact on revenues, particularly sales tax revenues, which is the source of Legacy funding. To help assess the state’s fiscal situation, MN Management and Budget (MMB) will issue an interim budget projection in early to mid-May. MNHS is closely monitoring these developments and the impact they will have on the grant programs. MNHS is committed to serving our applicants and grantees with as much flexibility and support as we can.

At this time, we are planning to continue with the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage April (small), July (small) and Summer (large) grant rounds and the Heritage Partnership Program Winter grant round. However, depending on budget projections, it is possible that payments of grant awards could be delayed, the project might need to start later than planned, total amounts of projected dollars available for grant programs could be reduced or other actions may be necessary.

To all our current grantees, we welcome a conversation about potential revisions for timelines and project scopes to ensure that you can meet the funding expiration dates. We are currently committed to the timely release of grant payments as allowed by fiscal constraints and state of MN guidance.

We will keep you informed of any new developments as more information becomes available. In all of this, the Grants Office serves as your main point of contact via email at grants@mnhs.org or leave a message at 651-259-3497. Please reach out directly to the Grants Office on any of these matters or others you may want to bring to our attention. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Find a specialist

The Preservation Specialists Directory is a resource of companies and individuals that can provide services for your grant projects. These include tradespeople, collections specialists, exhibit planners, and much more.

Additional history resources

Augment your history organization's development and your own management skills with these tools and services designed to help you interpret and preserve the history of your community.