Legacy Amendment grants support area history organizations

Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota’s cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and awarded according to program guidelines and criteria, as well as professional standards.

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The Minnesota Historical Society announced Wednesday, Jan. 12, the latest recipients of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants totaling $270,130 in 21 counties.

Small grants in the amount of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units and federally recognized tribes to preserve and share Minnesota history.

This cycle of awards was approved by the society’s executive council on Dec. 9 and include among the 31 grant recipients these area organizations:

  • Cass County Historical Society, Walker, $6,780 — To add 75 rolls of microfilmed county newspapers to the historical society's holdings, making primary records more accessible to the public.
  • Wadena County Historical Society, Wadena, $5,000 — To hire a qualified historian to complete an evaluation to determine eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for the 1925 Wesley Hospital building.

The grants are made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the 2008 vote by Minnesotans. The Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.
The next small grant application deadlines are April 8 and July 8. (Large grants of more than $10,000 are offered once a year.) All grants are administered through a competitive process using review criteria and professional standards.

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