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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

Society of American Archivists Foundation Grant Application Process and Guidelines
November 15
- (Letter of Inquiry): Society of American Archivists Foundation grant that meets the mission and goals of the Foundation and/or the strategic planning priorities of SAA. Applicants must make direct and substantive reference to the way(s) in which an award of funds will advance one or more of the strategic goals of the SAA Foundation and/or the Society of American Archivists. Learn more »

Public Scholars
December 15
- (Application due): National Endowment for the Humanities - This program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. Learn more »

Media Projects: Development Grants
January 12, 2022
- (Deadline) | October 12 (Application available): National Endowment for the Humanities - This grant supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Learn more »

National Leadership Grants for Museums
November 15 (Deadline) - Institute of Museum and Library Services - These grants support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public.
Learn more »

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
January 13, 2022 (Deadline) - National Endowment for the Humanities - These grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. Learn more »

Save America’s Treasures
January 26, 2022
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Park Service - Grants for assistance with the preservation and/or conservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections. Learn more »

Grants to Enhance Rural Communities
October 1
- (Deadline): Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Initiative Program - This fund encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in their communities. Through the Rural Initiative Program, the Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in targeted states (including Minnesota) in a number of civic areas, including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location and support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions. Planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000 are provided. Learn more »

National Trust Preservation Funds
October 1
- (Deadline): Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) 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 »

Small Museum Collection Care Grant
October 15
- (Deadline): Costume Society of America - Small Museum Collection Care Grant of $1,500 to assist the costume and textiles collection of a small museum that has a very limited budget and staff. Learn more »

College and University Collection Care Grant
October 15
- (Deadline): Costume Society of America - College and University Collection Care Grant of $1,500 to assist the costume and textiles collection of a college or university that receives little or no financial support from its institution. Learn more »

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
November 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program (AAHC program) is designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.​ Learn more »

Submissions on Minnesota Architectural History Sought for Gebhard Award
October 15 - (Deadline): The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (MNSAH) invites the submission of articles and books on the history of Minnesota’s built environment for the thirteenth David Stanley Gebhard Award. Eligible books and articles must have been published between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021. MNSAH sponsors this award in order to help bring new works of architectural history to the widest possible audience. 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 »

Hometown Grants
T-Mobile - Applications are open for grants of up to $50,000 each to revitalize community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less. Applications are open on a quarterly basis. Learn more »

Scholarships
Minnesota Council for Nonprofits offers a limited number of partial scholarships for most MCN sponsored trainings and events. Learn more »
Qualifying Criteria:

  1. Employees of organizations with budgets under $1,000,000 that meet one or more of the following criteria:
    Greater Minnesota organizations from outside the seven-county Twin Cities area; Immigrant and refugee organizations; Culturally specific organizations working with communities of color, and BIPOC-led
  2. Individuals
    Full time students; Jobseekers; Full-time volunteers (i.e., AmeriCorps, VISTA, Public Allies, etc.)

Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
November 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - This is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program. It is designed to support projects that use the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes. Learn more »

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
November 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - This is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Learn more »

Museums for America
November 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - This program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines to undertake projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. Project activities may include exhibitions, educational or interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Learn more »

Creative Support for Organizations
October 1
- (Deadline): Minnesota State Arts Board - This opportunity is designed to support arts organizations and non-arts organizations that regularly offer arts programming, as they rebuild, reimagine, and continue to adapt their arts programming in response to the changing environment caused by the global pandemic. Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the Program Overview and Application Instructions are welcome to apply. Applicants may request between $5,000 - $25,000. Learn more »

Costume Society of America Small Museum Collection Care Grant
October 15
- (Deadline): A CSA Small Museum Collection Care Grant of $1,500 is intended to assist the costume and textiles collection of a small museum (including historical societies, historic houses or sites, and other similar institutions) that has a very limited budget and staff. Funding may be used to support the care, conservation, and/or exhibition of costume and textiles that have historic, regional, or other significance and are intended for preservation.
Learn more »

American Rescue Plan Grants
October 29
before 4:30 p.m. - (Deadline): These grants will help small and midsized Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations and arts affiliates support costs related to their employees or contractors, facilities, health and safety, and marketing or promotion. These are general operating funds that can be used to help organizations rebuild and reopen as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. Learn more »

Laura Jane Musser Fund: Rural Initiative Program
October 1 - (Deadline): Library of Congress - This fund encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in communities in multiple states and communities including Minnesota. Through the Rural Initiative Program, the Fund supports efforts that will help to strengthen individual rural towns in the targeted states in a number of civic areas, including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location and support from a diverse cross-section of community members and institutions. Planning grants of up to $5,000 and implementation grants of up to $25,000 are provided. Learn more »

Museums for America
November 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - This program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums for America has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors & Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship & Public Access. Learn more »

Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) - Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) Safety Grant Program
The Safety Grant Program awards funds up to $10,000 to qualifying employers for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers. 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 »

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
September 28
- (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 »

Mr. Peanut Grants
The MR. PEANUT® character is packing his bags and preparing for his big move to his new home at Hormel Foods in Minnesota. To "shellebrate" his move to the land of 10,000 lakes, the legume is giving away 10 checks worth $10,000 each to reward Little Acts of Substance in his new home state this summer. Learn more »

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
September 24, 2021
- (Preliminary Proposals Due) / March 25, 2022 - (Full Proposals Due): Institute of Museum and Library Services - This grant program supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians and archivists in order to meet the information needs of their communities by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and information leaders, and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals. Grants are available for planning, implementation, and applied research. The Program also offers forum grants to support the convening of qualified experts and key stakeholders. Learn more »

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
November 15
- (Deadline): Institute of Museum and Library Services - A special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors & Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship & Public Access. Learn more »

IMLS American Rescue Plan Grants 2021 Information Session
Institute of Museum and Library Services - Watch this IMLS American Rescue Plan Grants 2021 Information Session to learn more about this specific grant program and the application process. Watch video »

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 »

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.

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 »

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

LEGACY GRANTS
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.