State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid

General Information

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St Louis County Courthouse

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program supports historic preservation projects of publicly owned buildings.

Purpose: To support historic preservation construction projects of a capital nature for publicly owned buildings.

Availability of Funding: Dependent on legislative funding. There is typically one funding opportunity each fiscal year in the summer/fall. See Deadlines below for more information.

Grant Range: The minimum grant is $10,001. There currently is no request cap.

Match Requirement: Funds must be matched at least 1 to 1. Matching funds may be cash, in-kind, and/or donated services or materials contributed to the project. State funds may not be used as a match.

Eligible Applicants: Applicants are local or county governmental units eligible to receive state bond funds as defined in Minnesota Statutes 16A.695. State agencies or organizations primarily funded by the State of Minnesota are not eligible.

Eligible Properties: The property for which funds are being requested must be publicly owned and must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or have been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register by the State Historic Preservation Office.

Eligible Projects Categories:

  1. Restoration, Rehabilitation, and/or Preservation, and
  2. Building Systems and Accessibility

Eligible Work: The work must meet the following conditions:

  • the expenditure funded must be for a public purpose;
  • the project expenditures funded must comply with state statutory requirements for use of state bond funds, including, but not limited to, requirements that uses must be for land, buildings, or other improvements of a capital nature;
  • the work must fall within one of the prescribed categories outlined in the State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid County and Local Preservation Program Manual;
  • the project must correspond with the purpose for which funding was issued, as set forth in the bill citation on page one (Laws of Minnesota, 2020, Special Session 5, Chapter 3, Section 24); as authorized by Minnesota Statutes 138.0525; and
  • the work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Application Deadlines and Process 

May 28, 2021 Pre-application draft deadline. A pre-application is required to be eligible to submit a final application.
July 9, 2021 Final application deadline, midnight
September 2021 Grants Review Committee (GRC) meeting
October 2021 MNHS Board Approval based on GRC recommendations and notification letters are sent to all applicants
November 2021 Grants Office prepares grant agreement (Grant period start and end dates will be listed in the grant agreement) and grantee signs agreement, returns to Grants Office
December 1, 2021 The earliest beginning date for grant work
December 1, 2023 The latest ending date on all grant work

Application Materials

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Brandon Auditorium

State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid Program Grants Manual (PDF)

The State Capital Projects Grants-in-Aid program grants manual provides information and helps you prepare an application. The manual also summarizes the requirements for administering grant projects.

Online Application

All the application materials can be found on the Grants Portal. The portal provides access to everything needed to administer a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, from the pre-application stage through reporting on completing a project. Here you will be able to track where an application is in the review process and have access to information about previous grants you have received. The portal allows you to save your work on an application and come back to finish it later.

Note using the grant portal for the first time: Go to the Grants Portal, click on "Create an account now," and submit a completed form. You will receive an email message with a user name and password or a request for additional information within two business days. Once registered, you will be able to log in and complete your application.

Scope of Work Form

The Scope of Work (PDF) is required with all applications. It is used to determine whether the proposed work meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, a requirement of this grant program. Instructions for completing the Scope of Work are on page one of the form. Be sure to note what documents should accompany the Scope of Work Form.

Review Criteria

The grants cycle is a competitive process. Factors considered in evaluating grant applications include the significance of the property or properties involved, their proposed use, and the quality of the proposed work.

Review criteria are scored in accordance with the following factors:

  • the significance of the property,
  • open or highly visible to the public,
  • adherence to the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties,
  • project readiness (including whether the match is secured),
  • demonstrated ability of the applicant to complete the project and a plan to fund the program(s) intended for the facility,
  • the quality and completeness of the application, and 
  • the public benefit. In evaluating the public benefit of a project, accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act are given special consideration. 

Contact Us

if you have questions about the above grant program or need assistance with your application.

  • Julia Larson, Design Reviewer, 651-259-3458, julia.larson@mnhs.org
  • Carolyn Veeser-Egbide, Grants Manager, 651-259-3469, carolyn.veeser-egbide@mnhs.org