Grant money available for historic preservation projects. WSN can help you apply.

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) Historical & Cultural Heritage Program supports projects that protect and preserve buildings and collections. Now is a good time to consider if you have a project that needs funding. Here’s what you need to know about the program. 

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, townships, non-profits, tribes and schools (K–12 & Higher Ed).

The eligible applicants listed above can apply to improve environments that protect the physical conditions of collections, or that stabilize, restore, preserve, reconstruct and/or make buildings accessible, or that plan for preservation.

This program is funded entirely through grants — there are no loans. Cash or in-kind matches are not required, but it may strengthen the project’s chances for funding.

There are two grant categories for this program — small and large. Small grants are less then $10K and large grants are more than $10K.

Projects start out with a Scope of Work form, which can be discussed with grant staff at MNHS. The application is internet based and is submitted through the MNHS Grants Portal. It requires registration of your eligible entity with MNHS to start.

There are strict limits on the narrative sections of the application: project description, need, work plan, personnel, value, etc. WSN’s funding department can discuss these sections with you.

  • Small Grants Deadline: April 14, 2017
  • Large Grants Pre-application Deadline: July 21, 2017
  • Large Grants Final Application Deadline: September 15, 2017


MNHS Grants Portal

MNHS is doing ‘open house’ talks at the History Center in St. Paul, MN, the first Thursday of every month (4/6, 5/4, 6/1, & 7/6).

History Center
345 W Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

If you have a project that needs funding, contact one of Widseth Smith Nolting’s funding specialists today.

Pat Conroy

Jordan Lee