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 this Grant Program

Special Notice on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee Large Grants Meeting - September 22 & 23, 2022

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) held their meeting to publicly discuss and determine funding recommendations for this year's large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants applications. Thank you to Historic Resources Advisory Committee members, applicants, and the live stream viewers. 

Every year, this meeting is highly anticipated by grant applicants throughout the state to consider projects to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's cultural and historical resources and support projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation. In addition, this meeting is a time to celebrate and commemorate the history of our state. HRAC's recommendation for approving or declining each application will be sent to the Minnesota Historical Society's Executive Council for final action. Releasing information or discussing applications after the Friday, September 23 meeting is not allowed by HRAC or MNHS. All applicants will be notified via email by the Grants Office of these decisions no later than November 15, 2022. 

View the meeting from your home or office via live stream:

HRAC Recording Discussion Index

Please send an email to grants@mnhs.org with questions.

Featured grants

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Top: Tapes in original boxes Bottom: Capture workstation.

Grant Office Webinars

The Grants office has created a series of webinars to help in the planning of your grant.

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.