John Fulton: Hi, I’m John Fulton with the Grants office at the Minnesota Historical Society. And I’ve been helping people get grants for over six years now.
[ Caption: John Fulton, Grants Office, Minnesota Historical Society ]
I just wanted to explain a little bit about the Heritage Partnership Grant Program that we run here once a year. It has a deadline that comes up in January. So we do have funding for people to do Partnership grants starting the application process this Winter.
[ Caption: HPP Deadline: January 26, 2018 ]
So, I just wanted to do a short video about the program and to talk a little bit about the categories. Because that is the part of the program that is most different from our regular grant programs.
Now there are just four categories in the Partnership grants. And that is the Program Development, Shared Resources, Shared Workforce and Shared Services.
[ Caption: Partnership (program) Development, Shared Resources, Shared Workforce and Shared Services]
A lot of people are used to categories that we have for the Legacy grants, and those all lead to projects. So, they are going to lead to a final product that the project completes. What we are trying to do with the Partnership grants is provide funding for people to start and develop partnership programs. It’s mainly about planning and Capacity Development.
[ Caption: Capacity Development: Improving resources that accomplish your mission. ]
Those are two things that the four categories are trying to help with. As I thought about how to explain this grant program, I started to see that there is a real opportunity here. Whereas our regular grant programs are focused on the end product. This program is set up to help organizations work together and develop some self-sufficiency. So that if they have novel ideas about what it is they want to do they can pursue that. They can get money to plan out the partnership and what they plan to do with it and then to help build their capacity to do this work.
When you think about all the work there is to do for the history of the state, the available fuds that the grant program gives are fairly limited. So part of what the Partnership program is doing is to help organizations come together so that they can work out how they can help each other, how they can bridge any sort of funding or other types of problems they have. What is it you want to do and how does collaboration help you to do it? That’s part of what you are answering when you work on a Partnership.