Other Funding Sources

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2021 Grants Directory is here
The 2021 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.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program Grants
May 28
- (Deadline): Library of Congress - These grants fund delivering educational programming and creating teaching materials and tools based on the Library of Congress’ digitized primary sources. Learn more »

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants
June 3
- (Optional draft for review) | July 15 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as rare books, manuscript and archival materials, born-digital records, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture. Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities. Learn more »

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
June 11
- (Application available) | August 11 - (Deadline): The Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) program supports institutions that provide fellowships for advanced humanities research in the United States and abroad, foster communities of intellectual exchange among participating scholars, and provide access to resources that might otherwise not be available to the participating scholars. Learn more »

Applications Now Open for CCAHA’s Preservation Needs Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Digital Preservation Assessment Programs
June 15
- (Deadline): Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts - Thanks to renewed and expanded grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), they are offering a limited number of subsidized assessments. These assessments, valued at over $5,000 each, will be offered for a significantly discounted cost to qualifying institutions. Applications are now open for assessments in three categories:

Preservation Needs Assessment Program

Risk Assessment and Emergency Preparedness Program

Digital Preservation Assessment Program

New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions
July 8
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council - The goal of the program is to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program will fund teams in the U.S. and U.K. working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions. Learn more »

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
This program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Learn more »

Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program
May 12
- (Deadline): The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program is a new Historic Preservation Fund grant program that supports subgrant programs that enable the rehabilitation of historic properties and rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development of rural communities. Learn more »

Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF)
May 21
- (Deadline): This grant program supports projects which reflect the VRA Foundation’s mission to advance education, research, and outreach in the field of visual resources and image management. This funding may be used for a stand-alone project, a pilot or start-up financing for a larger project, or for a significant component of a larger project. Learn more »

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
June 11 - (Application available) | August 11 - (Deadline): The Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) program supports institutions that provide fellowships for advanced humanities research in the United States and abroad, foster communities of intellectual exchange among participating scholars, and provide access to resources that might otherwise not be available to the participating scholars. Learn more »

Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program
The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research projects using materials from the Libraries’ rare and special collections. Named for former governor and University of Minnesota regent Elmer L. Andersen, the new program honors the Governor’s passion for collecting and for expanding the use of the collections. The program is available to scholars including faculty, graduate, postgraduate, and independent researchers using the collections in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. This program is not available to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate or undergraduate students or UM faculty.

The program will provide support for research projects that require the use of one or more of the collections. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and provide funds for travel, housing and other research-related costs. The final research product (e.g., journal article, documentary film) must acknowledge the Libraries’ support and be deposited with the University Libraries. Learn more »

The ASALH Book Prize
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) awards an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture. Books must engage archives to be eligible for consideration, however, the book prize committee invites submissions from across disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries. Learn more »

National Trust Preservation Funds
June 1
- (Deadline): National Trust for Historic Preservation - This grants are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting on-going preservation work and by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for preservation projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Learn more »

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grants
June 9
- (Deadline): National Archives - The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records.
Learn more »

Archives Collaboratives: Implementation Grant
June 9
- (Deadline): National Archives - Seeks projects to make collections from small and under-represented archives more readily available for public discovery and use.
Learn more »

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
May 20
- (Deadline): Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges support community colleges’ commitment to educating students on a variety of educational and career paths. The program funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs and/or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from humanities areas of studies such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college.
Learn more »

Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities
May 20
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - This grant program helps strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project. Learn more »

NEH Receives $135 Million to Distribute to Cultural Institutions Affected by the Pandemic
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, Congress has charged the NEH with cultural relief funding that will support a wide range of humanities initiatives and may cover costs such as personnel, technology, training, materials, supplies, equipment, and associated indirect costs. NEH will distribute ARP relief funding through a competitive process to cultural organizations such as museums, libraries, historic sites, archives, and educational institutions, which continue to feel the dire effects of the pandemic.

Approximately 40 percent, or $54 million, will go directly to NEH’s local affiliates, the state and jurisdictional humanities councils, to allow for accelerated distribution of funds to local humanities organizations and programs around the country. Learn more »

Be sure that your organization has registered or renewed/verified its current registration with both Grants.gov and the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) before the application deadline. This process can take time so start now.

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
May 18
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - The mission of this Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. Learn more »

Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Redux
June 1 & September 1 - (Deadline): The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) offers a special Follow Up Visit Opportunity for museums who have completed a MAP during 2013 to 2020 with their original Peer Reviewer. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums. Learn more »

AASLH Small Museums Scholarships
August 1
- (Deadline): To attend the 2021 AASLH Online Conference October 12-15, 2021.
Learn more »

National Trust Community Investment Corporation New Markets Tax Credits
National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a tax credit syndicator operates by forming a legal partnership with a developer of historic real estate that results in NTCIC making an equity investment in the project in exchange for receiving rights to the federal tax credits generated by the rehabilitation of the property. This is similar to what can be done with state historic tax credits. Combining state and/or federal historic tax credits with the federal New Markets Tax Credit is also a possibility if the project is located in a low-income census tract. Learn more »

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
May 15
- (Application available) / July 15 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. This program strengthens efforts to extend the life of archival materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. Learn more »

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation - creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social services, education, and health and medicine. Grantees must serve the people and communities in the 7-county Twin Cities region. Requests to serve counties that fall outside of these are by invitation only. The Foundation seeks proposals that focus on the areas of Human and Social Services, Education, Health, and Medicine. Learn more »

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
IRRRB is an economic development program of the State of Minnesota, designed to advance growth on Minnesota's Iron Range. The program provides grants and other funding to local units of government and non-profits to support economic development and vibrant and prosperous communities. Learn more »

Collections Assessment for Preservation Program
American Institute for Conservation - The program is designed to help small and mid-sized museums receive prioritized recommendations for improving the care of their collections. 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. Learn more »

NEH on the Road
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers an 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 mid-size museums, based on a larger exhibition funded by NEH. Learn more »

Grants Now Available: African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
Submit your Letters of Intent by January 15, 2021 for grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000. If you or someone you know has a historic place such as a site, museum, or landscape representing African American cultural heritage, you’ll want to learn more about this program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. From capital projects to organizational capacity building, there are many ways that you can put this funding to use in your community. For full fund details, including the online form to submit your Letter of Intent, visit their website ».

Diversity Scholarship Application Form for Scholars and Mentors
The Diversity Scholarship Program introduces new preservation leaders to the historic preservation community at the annual preservation conference, PastForward Online 2020, October 27-30, hosted each year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The primary objective of this program is to support conference participation reflecting the diverse nature of America. The Diversity Scholarship Program honors diversity by providing scholarship opportunities to historically underrepresented groups in the historic preservation profession and in its leadership positions, including ethnicity, race, gender and gender identification, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. Those who identify with one or more of these groups are eligible for the Diversity Scholarship. Diverse preservation professionals, students, and/or volunteers are all encouraged to apply. Learn more»

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
The USDA offers a Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program for essential community facilities in rural areas, which includes museums and libraries. Learn more »

Mini-Conference Funding
National Council on Public History - NCPH is accepting applications for Mini-Cons. NCPH Mini-Conferences are designed to help our members maintain the energy, conviviality, and productivity of the annual meeting year-round. Locally organized by an NCPH member or member institution, with support from the NCPH office, mini-cons (hosting one or attending one) are a great way to meet fellow public historians in your region and see what the local public history community is up to. Learn more »

National Council on Public History
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. Learn more »

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowships
Gilder Lehrman Institute provides annual short-term research fellowships to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. Learn more »

Rural Minnesota Grants
Applications accepted throughout the year:
Blandin Foundation - Grants geared towards rurally-based organizations with activities directed toward rural communities. Grant amount: up to $50,000. Learn more »

How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund
Learn how a grant from the National Trust might be available to kickstart a preservation project in your hometown. There are three annual deadlines for the National Trust Preservation Fund: February 1, June 1, and October 1. There are also special funds with a single deadline each year. Learn more »

Council on Foundations. Plus leaders from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will share survey results about ways that foundations are shifting strategies and funds to meet the needs of nonprofits and communities. Watch Webinar »

Jeffris Family Foundation
The Jeffris Family Foundation assists the preservation of historic sites for nonprofit organizations in small towns and cities in the eight Midwest states (WI, MN, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, MI) in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 through three funding categories:

  • The Jeffris Heartland Fund provides matching grants for advanced planning studies for historic preservation projects preparing for a capital campaign and a restoration project.
  • Capital Campaign Challenge Grants are made to invited projects which have completed their planning and are ready to launch a capital campaign. Unsolicited applications are not accepted. Applicants should submit an Inquiry and will be assigned a Director of the Foundation to help assess the appropriateness of an application well in advance of stated deadlines.
  • The Foundation occasionally funds special projects and initiatives it finds of interest.

Wikimedia Foundation Grants

  • Grant programs for groups of individuals, Wikimedia affiliates, and non-profit organizations.  
  • Project Grants fund Wikimedia community members - individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons - to organize projects that benefit the Wikimedia movement. Grants are awarded quarterly. 
  • Rapid Grants fund Wikimedia community members to organize projects throughout the year up to $2,000. Projects can include experiments or standard needs that don't need a broad review to get started.

Announcing the new Resilient Communities Project Small-Scale Partnership
The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting applications from cities, counties, tribal governments, special districts, and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota for Small-Scale RCP Partnerships for the 2019–2020 academic year.  

The new Small-Scale RCP Partnership opportunity is designed to offer more flexibility and is intended for communities seeking to collaborate with RCP on 1–5 research or technical assistance projects. It’s a great option for agencies that prefer to focus a partnership on a smaller slate of key projects, are interested in learning about how RCP works and the value it provides before considering a full-scale partnership, or do not have the staff or financial resources to sustain a full-scale, year-long RCP partnership (which typically involves 10–25 projects). 

Successful applicants will benefit from research and technical assistance on locally identified projects that advance community resiliency, provided by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota during the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 terms. 

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Scholarships
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) offers a limited number of partial scholarships for most MCN sponsored trainings and events to individuals from small nonprofits, organizations outside the seven-county Twin Cities area, immigrant and refugee organizations, and culturally-specific organizations working with individual cultural communities. Additionally, scholarships are available to full-time students, jobseekers, and full-time volunteers. Learn more »

Quatrefoil Library Scholarship
Quatrefoil Library College Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship open to all high school seniors or college students who are/will be attending college within the State of Minnesota. Quatrefoil is one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ lending libraries and also serves as a community center. Learn more »

Grants for Scandinavian Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions
American-Scandinavian Foundation offers a program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest.

Community Impact Grants Program
The Home Depot Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 in its Community Impact Grants Program.

Research Grants at Presidential Libraries
Several private foundations associated with Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings.

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.

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.

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.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants
View available Institute of Museum and Library Services grants.

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.

Archives.com Grants
Grants offered from Archives.com 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.

Grant Resources

Find guidelines, training information, and application information online.

Grant Deadlines for Other Sources
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits upcoming grant deadlines for a variety of foundations.

Minnesota state grant website
Minnesota state grant website is the first stop for organizations interested in learning about grant opportunities at 23 state agencies.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Application Deadlines
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.

Google Ad Grants
Designed for non-profit organizations, the Google Ad Grants AdWords program awards advertising on the Google.com site. Google Grant recipients use their award of free AdWords advertising on Google.com to raise awareness and increase traffic. Each organization awarded a grant receives at least three months of in-kind advertising. Deadline: Ongoing.