Other Funding Sources

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2022 Grants Directory is here
The 2022 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

A Community Thrives
June 30
- (Deadline): USA TODAY NETWORK and the Gannett Foundation - A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program that supports nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building. Learn more »

Fellowships Open Book Program
July 15
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - This is a limited competition designed to make outstanding humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost e-book technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that can be downloaded or redistributed for no charge. Learn more »

Our Town Grant
August 4
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Arts - For projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities. Learn more »

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
August 10
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - These support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. The FPIRI program sponsors fellowships that provide scholars with research time and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them. Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, museums, and research centers but can be applied for by fellows on behalf of the institution. Learn more »

Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Grants
December 31
- (Deadline): The program provides community grant funding for projects that preserve historic resources, sites and other history-related projects. The maximum grant is $10,000, and smaller projects are encouraged. Each application must be accompanied by a DAR chapter or state organization sponsorship letter. Learn more »

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.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program
July 31
- (Deadline): The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. Participants who complete the program receive an assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections. Learn more »

Community Collections Grants
August 1
- (Deadline): The Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center have opened up a new funding opportunity. These grants are available to individuals or non-profit organizations who want to collect materials that reflect the culture and perspective of their communities. Learn more »

Informational Webinars for the Community Collections Grant program

Emergency/Intervention Funding
National Trust for Historic Preservation - Intervention funding from the National Trust is awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when a fire or other natural disaster strikes. Funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Emergency grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, but unlike the majority of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects. Learn more »

Museums Publications Design Competition
June 30
(Deadline): American Alliance of Museums recognizes superior execution and ingenuity in the graphic design of museum publications. Judges award prizes for the best publication in the competition. This year, judges will also be recognizing entries in any category that offer creative solutions and/or innovation regardless of institutional budget size. Learn more »

Core Grants Program
June 30
- (Deadline): Needmor Fund - These grants provides general operating support to groups engaged in the work of community organizing around social justice. Learn more »

Media Projects
August 10
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts, documentary films, and documentary film series  that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production. Learn more »

Public Humanities Projects
August 10
- (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Learn more »

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
June 24
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - Funding supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, and/or research that examines the history, criticism, ethics, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Learn more »

Our Town Grants
August 4
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Arts - This program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Learn more »

Creative Support for Organizations
September 9
- (Deadlines): Minnesota State Arts Board - This grant program provides support to help organizations deliver arts programming and meaningfully engage their communities in a time of transition. While Creative Support grants are designed to be flexible and allow for adaptability in response to unexpected changes during the grant period, applicants will be asked to align their activities with one of three program outcomes that address the intent of the Legacy Amendment and the Arts Board's goals. Applicants may request between $5,000 - $30,000. Learn more »

TPS Regional Grant Program
The Teaching with Primary Sources Regional program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress in K-12 classrooms by increasing access to the TPS program. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more »

Quatrefoil Library Scholarship
June 30
- (Deadline): 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 »

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
August 10 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities - This 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 »

Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
This fund helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations and encourages collaboration among these organizations by providing grants for mentoring and other peer-to-peer and direct organizational development and learning opportunities. Grants from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund support travel costs and mentor honoraria with a maximum reimbursement of $2,500. Learn more »

Summer Stipends
July 21
- (Application available)/September 21 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities offers Summer Stipends to support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. 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 »

Tennant Foundation
October 5
- (Deadlines): The Tennant Foundation provides modest operating grants to organizations serving the Minneapolis community; their typical grant range is $1,500-$10,000. Tennant is particularly interested in requests that further their commitment to creating a cleaner, safer, and healthier world. Priority areas of giving include Environmental programs, Social services, Workforce readiness through education and vocational rehabilitation, and Cultural and arts organizations. Learn more »

Arthur C. McWatt Fellowship
The Ramsey County Historical Society, Anoka County Historical Society, Dakota County Historical Society, and Hennepin History Museum have partnered to establish the Arthur C. McWatt Fellowship Program. At least four, and as many as eight, fellows will be hired by the partners to expand their work with African American communities and advance the preservation and presentation of African American history in Minnesota. Learn more »

The National Trust Awards $186,850 in Catalytic Funding to 31 Organizations Across the Country (including Minnesota)
In the October 2021 round, the National Trust received 51 eligible applications and awarded a total of $186,850 in grants to 31 organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about these projects »

The National Trust Preservation Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s small-dollar grant program, has been providing catalytic funding to organizations across the country for over 50 years. Apply to their February 1 grant round and sign up for email reminders about their grant programs. Learn more »

2022 Bank of America Art Conservation Project (ACP) Grants
ACP is a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums across the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Proposals for 2022 ACP grants are being accepted from October 1 to November 30, 2021. Nonprofit cultural institutions of all sizes with artwork requiring conservation are welcome and encouraged to apply. Learn more »

Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program
Propel Nonprofits is accepting applications for the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program (NIGP). The NIGP is aimed at supporting the missions of small, culturally led organizations by strengthening their infrastructure. Increasing the capacity of small organizations that work with historically underserved cultural communities helps position these organizations for greater impact in their community. The NIGP will provide grants, as well as ongoing support to grow the organizational capacity of small Minnesota nonprofits. This is a government reimbursement grant, so Propel Nonprofits staff will also work with grantees to navigate the reimbursement process. Learn more »

2022 NCPH Awards Cycle Open for Nominations
National Council on Public History - Over $7,000 in award money is available to recognize excellence in the multitude of ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The awards program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. 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.)

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 »

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 »

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»

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 »

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.