From oral histories to preserving historic buildings, Minnesotans are hard at work celebrating their legacy now and building it for the future. The Minnesota Historical Society recently announced it has awarded 53 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants of up to $7,000, totaling $311,520 in 34 counties. Each Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources.
In Carver County, the Carver County Historical Society received a $4,800 grant earmarked for the creation of five Carver County entries for the MNopedia project for online research.
The Minnesota Historical Society also announced that the next grants deadline is Jan. 11, 2013, which may be the final deadline for this biennium depending upon available funds. The Grants Manual is available at legacy.mnhs.org/grants. Applications are accepted only through the Society’s grants portal at grants.mnhs.org.
“Most grant projects in this latest round build upon on earlier work, richly extending Minnesota’s history and legacy for future generations,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society.
“These projects wisely use the power of history to transform lives and communities — whether it’s exploring a recently restored building or reading a historic newspaper article about a once-forgotten relative,” Grabitske said.
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants
The Society received a 2011 legislative appropriation to award a total of $10.5 million in Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants during the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. The grants provide an unprecedented opportunity for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage.
For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines, visit http://legacy.mnhs.org/grants.