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 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund using sales tax revenue resulting from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy amendment created through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. 

About the Grants program

Special Announcement: Legacy Manual updated for FY 2022-23

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Manual version 7.0 covering fiscal years 2022-2023 has been updated and posted on the MNHS website. The Grants Office conducts a thorough review and revises the manual accordingly ahead of each new biennium to ensure that the program follows legislative directives and intent. Please send an email to grants@mnhs.org with questions.

Version 7.0 Changes 

  • Separation of conservation work from collection care.
  • Archaeological collections survey now under the Collections Care category.
  • Requirements for a 2nd Microfilm reader/printer grant.
  • New structured grant: create a disaster response kit.
  • Retired the structured bookshelf category - now an option through Interpretive Programs & Public Education.
  • New terms added to the glossary.
  • New appendices for required worksheets.
  • New HRAC review criteria added. 

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.