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Grant will help preserve local history

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 announced this week that it has awarded 53 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants of up to $7,000, totaling $311,520 in 34 counties.

Locally, the Douglas County Historical Society received a $7,000 grant. The money will be used to make accessible primary records through a new microfilm reader/printer.

The Minnesota Historical Society also announced that the next grants deadline is January 11, 2013, which may be the final deadline for this biennium depending upon available funds.

The Grants Manual is available at Applications are accepted only through the society's grants portal at

"Most grant projects in this latest round build upon 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."

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 November 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including Minnesota history and cultural heritage.

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.

Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects in three tiers: fast track grants of $7,000 or less, mid-size grants between $7,001 and $50,000, and large grants of more than $50,001.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grants program, including application deadlines, visit