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MNHS announces latest round of Legacy Small Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society announces 34 recipients of 39 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants, up to $10,000 each, totaling $295,192 in 20 counties.

The Minnesota Historical Society announces 34 recipients of 39 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants, up to $10,000 each, totaling $295,192 in 20 counties.

Small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations preserve and share Minnesota history. This cycle of awards was approved by the MNHS Executive Council on Feb. 19.

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 Legacy Amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage. Each project will preserve and enhance Minnesota's cultural and historical resources. All grants are competitive and are awarded according to program guidelines and criteria and professional standards.

Area Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant Recipients include:

• Crow Wing County, Brainerd, $9,757, Crow Wing County Historical Museum and Research Library Structural Support: To hire qualified professionals to improve structural support for the Crow Wing County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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• Mille Lacs County, Milaca, Milaca Area Historical Society, $2,660, microfilming unfilmed issues of the Mille Lacs County Times newspapers to make primary records more accessible to the public.

• Morrison County, Little Falls, Minnesota Military Museum, $6,280, 1930s Camp Ripley Motion Picture Digitization Project: To digitize archival 1930s motion pictures from Camp Ripley, allowing for greater public access to this historic resource.

About Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

The Minnesota Historical Society received a legislative appropriation of $11.525 million for the 2015-2017 biennium for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage "Legacy" Grants: $5,525,000 for fiscal year 2016 and $6,000,000 for fiscal year 2017.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in two tiers. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next three small grants deadlines are April 8, July 8 and Oct. 14. Applications for large grants are awarded once in each fiscal year of the biennium. A required pre-application is due on May 27, and final application is due on July 29 for the next large grant round.

All grants are administered through a competitive process using professional standards and criteria.

Go to legacy.mnhs.org/grants for more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants program, including application deadlines. Applications are accepted only through the MNHS grants portal. The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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