Minnesota Humanities Center

Children’s Museum Grants

Supported by the State of Minnesota’ Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy), the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) will administer $3.2 million in arts and cultural heritage grants to Children’s Museums during the 2023-25 biennium for arts and cultural heritage exhibits and related educational outreach programs. Of this amount, $1 million is appropriated to the Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul, MN. 


Laura Adams

Children’s Museum Grant Snapshot

Open To:Children’s Museums
Application Deadline:October 30, 2023
Grant Term:Project activities must be completed no later than May 30, 2025
Grant Reporting:Reporting must be completed no later than June 30, 2025
Download Complete Grant RFP

Grant Goals

Provide funding to Children’s Museums within Minnesota with the following priorities:

  • Youth education,
  • New exhibits,
  • Outreach to underserved and diverse communities, and
  • Programming that celebrates cultural diversity.

MHC will award $2,200,000 in Children’s Museums grants, less an allowable administrative fee to MHC for design, award, and monitoring of the grant program. If you request $25,000 or more, you will need to submit financial documentation with your application.

Any Children’s Museum is eligible is eligible to receive grant funding if it is in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in good standing with MHC, and has no outstanding open grants with MHC.

RFP posted: September 14, 2023

Proposal narrative & budget feedback available through: 4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 23, 2023

Applications due no later than: 11:59 p.m. CDT, October 30, 2023

Applications under review: November 2023

Award notifications (grant agreement negotiations begin): December 2023

All applicants will be reviewed on a 125-point scale and go through a financial review process. The factors on which applicants will be scored are:

  • Project details – How does the project align with at least one of the following:
    • Youth education.
    • New exhibits.
    • Outreach to underserved and diverse communities.
    • Programming that celebrates cultural diversity.
  • Community Involvement – How was the Community involved in the development of the project.
  • Evaluation – Success of the project clearly defined and clear evaluation process.
  • Impact – Audience and impact on audience clearly defined.
  • Project Management – How will reporting of expenses and hours be correctly reported, compliance with Minnesota competitive bid laws, and will the project be completed on time.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online through MHC’s grants management system. Applicants may review the full application here (PDF).

We recommend reviewing the full application prior to logging on and setting up an account. You may save your initial application entries and subsequently return to the document to finish your application.

Applicants must submit complete applications to be considered. Applications contain the following sections:

  • Applicant Contact Information
  • Project Overview
  • Project Narrative
  • Project Budget

Please do not submit any additional materials other than what is requested, such as binders or photos, in the application.

Unrequested material will not be reviewed.

Please make sure that your proposal only seeks funding for events and activities that are allowable. Minnesota law does not allow legacy funding to be used to:

  • Cover costs expensed before the grant agreement is fully signed.
  • Start, match, add to, or complete any type of capital campaign.
  • Support capital costs (such as improvements, construction, property, or equipment).
  • Pay for indirect costs or other institutional overhead charges that are not directly related and proportional to, and necessary for, the activities outlined in the project proposal.
  • Support benefits and fundraisers.
  • Purchase promotional giveaway items like t-shirts, keychains, etc.
  • Fund out-of-state expenses, including out-of-state travel.

If you have any questions about this RFP please contact:

Laura Adams
Minnesota Humanities Center
Grants Administrator
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55016

If applying in English is a barrier or you need a reasonable accommodation to submit your application, please contact Grants Administrator, Laura Adams, at laura.adams@mnhum.org.

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