Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Supporting the preservation of Minnesota’s history and culture since 2008.

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program —also known as Legacy Grants — is a competitive process created to provide financial support for projects focused on preserving Minnesota’s history and culture. This state-funded program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund using sales tax revenue resulting from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy amendment created through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. 

About this grant program

How do I apply for a grant?

Find out if your organization or project is eligible and how the application process works.

How do I manage my grant?

Learn the ins and outs of the grant you’ve received.


January Small Grant Application Deadline      
Friday, January 12, 2024

April Small Grant Application Deadline    
Friday, April 12, 2024

Large Preapplication Grant Deadline    
Friday, May 31, 2024  

All deadlines and timelines

Special Notice on the Historic Resources Advisory Committee Large Grants Meeting - November 2 & 3, 2023

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) will be meeting to publicly discuss and determine their funding recommendations for this year's round of large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants applications. The meetings are held in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center in St Paul from 10 am to 4 pm each day. The committee takes an hour lunch break at Noon. This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome to listen to the meeting either via live stream (links below) or in person at the History Center.  

HRAC discusses applications at public meetings before advancing a list of recommendations to the Minnesota Historical Society Governing Board for final approval. While applicants are encouraged to attend and listen to HRAC discussion, they will not be able to make a presentation or participate in the discussion.

Please note - There is fee to park at the History Center. 

Please send an email to grants@mnhs.org with questions.

Open House

Attend a Grants Office Open House on the first Thursday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

All events

Featured grants

Grant office webinars

The Grants office has created a series of webinars to help in the planning of your grant.

Find a specialist

The Preservation Specialists Directory is a resource of companies and individuals that can provide services for your grant projects. These include tradespeople, collections specialists, exhibit planners, and much more.

Additional history resources

Augment your history organization's development and your own management skills with these tools and services designed to help you interpret and preserve the history of your community.