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Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund - Archived Information

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The Department of Administration manages Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) grants each fiscal year as directed by applicable Minnesota laws. Archived information from past fiscal years can be found on this page. Click on a fiscal year range below to see complete grants information.

For more information, contact Naomi Munzner at 651-201-2569. To learn more about the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, visit www.legacy.leg.mn.

  • Fiscal Year 2014-2015

    The Department of Administration managed the following fiscal year (FY) 2014-15 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grants per Minnesota Laws, 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 6. Up to one percent of appropriated funds are used by the Department for grants administration as referenced in appropriation language. 

    Minnesota Public Radio

    $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for Minnesota Public Radio to create programming and expand news service on Minnesota's cultural heritage and history.

    Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (AMPERS)

    $1,650,000 the first year and $1,650,000 the second year are appropriated for a grant to the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations for production and acquisition grants in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.19.

    Funds were allocated to each member station based on Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations’ recommendations. 

    MEMBER STATION FY 2014 AMOUNT FY 2015 AMOUNT
    KAXE-FM Grand Rapids, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KBEM-FM Minneapolis, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KFAI-FM Minneapolis, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KMOJ-FM Minneapolis, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KMSU-FM Mankato, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KQAL-FM Winona, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KSRQ-FM Thief River Falls, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KUMD-FM Duluth, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KUOM-AM Minneapolis, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KVSC-FM St. Cloud, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    WTIP-FM Grand Rapids $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KOJB-FM Cass Lake, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KBFT-FM Nett Lake, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    KKWE-FM Callaway, MN $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    AMPERS $108,900.00 $108,900.00
    Total* $1,633,500.00 $1,633,500.00

    *Reflects one percent removed for grants administration. 

    Lake Superior Center Authority

    $200,000 the first year is for development of an exhibit to examine the effect that aquatic environments have on shipwrecks and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage. Priority should be given to projects that have a non-state cash match of at least 25 percent of the total eligible project costs.

    Lake Superior Zoo

    $150,000 each year is for development of the forest discovery zone to create educational exhibits using animals and the environment. Priority should be given to projects that have a nonstate cash match of at least 25 percent of the total eligible project costs.

    Como Park Zoo

    $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for the Como Park Zoo for program development. Priority should be given to projects that have a nonstate cash match of at least 25 percent of the total eligible project costs.

    Science Museum of Minnesota

    $1,100,000 the first year and $1,100,000 the second year are for described programs for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Grant recipients must provide a nonstate cash match of at least 25 percent of the total eligible project costs: 

    1. $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for arts, arts education, and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage including student and teacher outreach and expansion of the museum's American Indian initiatives; and 
    2. $600,000 each year is for a grant to upgrade the Science Museum's Omnitheater audio and projection systems.

    Public Television

    $3,950,000 the first year and $3,950,000 the second year are for grants to the Minnesota Public Television Association for production and acquisition grants according to Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.18.

    Funds were allocated to each member station based on Minnesota Public Television Association recommendations.

    MEMBER STATION FY 2014 AMOUNT FY 2015 AMOUNT
    Duluth $384,638.32 $384,638.32
    KSMQ $337,979.00 $337,979.00
    Lakeland $368,932.01 $368,932.01
    Pioneer $363,402.00 $363,402.00
    Prairie $305,363.33 $305,363.33
    TPT $2,150,185.34 $2,150,185.34
    Total* 3,910,500.00 3,910,500.00

    *Reflects one percent removed for grants administration.

    Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center

    $400,000 the first year is for a grant to the Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center for arts, arts education, and arts access, and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.

  • Fiscal Year 2012-2013

    The Department of Administration managed the following fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) grants per Minnesota Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subd. 6. Up to one percent of appropriated funds were used by the Department for grants administration as referenced in appropriation language.

    Public Radio Grants

    Competitive Small Theatre Grants

    $75,000 each year is for grants to theatres in Minnesota to purchase and install digital projection technology to allow continued access to films. Priority for grants is to theaters that have exclusively 35 millimeter projection systems in communities with few available theaters or to small theaters with only one screen. Priority should be given to projects that have a nonstate cash match of at least 65 percent of the total eligible project costs. See the complete Request for Proposals (RFP) document for the First Release (PDF) and Second Release (PDF) for all the details.

    First Release:

    • Canby Theatre, Canby, MN - $24,423.30
    • Morris Theatre Coop., Morris, MN - $27,027.00
    • Rialto Theatre, Aitkin, MN - $47,108.16

    Second Release:

    • Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis, MN - $17,500

    Minnesota Children's Museum

    $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for grants to the Minnesota Children's Museum. These amounts are for arts, arts education, and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage. 

    Projects in progress:

    • Early Literacy Environments in Non Museum Locations, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013
      1.5 FTE positions
      Measurable outcomes will include installations of early learning environments in six non-museum Greater MN locations, high quality early literacy enviornments that provide children with foundational knowledge and skills leading to increased school readiness, increased adult awareness of their roles in children's early literacy development, and positive early literacy-focused adult/child interactions. Outcomes will be assessed using observation, user surveys and external evaluation.
      Proposed Budget: $267,000. Salaries/Benefits $79,500, Contracted Services $170,500, Travel $5,000, Postage/Shipping $9,000, Printing $3,000
       
    • Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites Traveling Exhibit, April 2012 to May 2014
      0.4 FTE positions
      Measurable outcomes will include exhibitions at three Greater MN sites, increased children's reading development, and increased adult awareness of literacy development and adults' roles in cultivating literacy through everyday activities. Outcomes will be assessed using observation, user surveys, attendance and other data tracking.
      Proposed Budget: $30,000. Salaries/Benefits $18,400, Supplies $3,250, Advertising $2,000, Travel $1,850, Postage/Shipping $4,500

    • Rochester Satellite Museum, July 2011 to September 2013
      5.4 FTE positions
      Measurable outcomes will include increased access to early learning experiences and art activities in the community, increased numbers of children and families actively engaged in arts and cultural learning in the region, and attractiveness of the region as a favorable place to live, learn, run a business and raise a family. Outcomes will be measured by tracking attendance, visitory surveys and membership surveys.
      Proposed Budget: $693,000. Salaries/Benefits $358,120, Building Operations $66,201, Information Technology $12,706, Contracted Services $32,455, Equipment $6,193, Supplies $18,051, Advertising $42,141, Travel $5,470, Postage/Shipping $18,768, Exhibits $18,000, Capital Addionts $114,895.


    Minnesota Film and TV Board

    $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for grants to the Minnesota Film and TV Board for grants to Minnesota residents and to create film or television productions that promote Minnesota's cultural heritage and for the film production jobs program under Minnesota Statutes, section 116U.26. 

    Projects in progress:

    • Film Production Jobs Program, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013
      1.14 FTE staff positions
      Measurable outcomes will include 30 FTE film production positions funded through the jobs program, measured by tracking data reported by participating programs.
      Proposed Budget: $297,000 in state fiscal year 2012 funds (2013 funds TBD). Salaries/Benefits $72,254.76, Contracted Services $1,800, Advertising $2,400, Reimbursements to participating programs $220,545.24 

    • Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Grants, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013
      1.14 FTE staff positions 
      Measurable outcomes will include the number of FTE jobs created through grants and film and television projects that promote Minnesota's cultural heritage.
      Proposed Budget: $198,000 in state fiscal year 2012 funds (2013 funds TBD). Salaries/Benefits $72,254.76, Contracted Services $1,800, Advertising $2,400, Competitive Grants $121,545.24


    Public Television

    $3,700,000 the first year and $3,700,000 the second year are for grants to the Minnesota Public Television Association for production and acquisition grants according to Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.18. In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Minnesota Public Television Association shall produce new programming on Minnesota history during that period. 

    Projects in progress:

    Note: funds were allocated to each member station based on Minnesota Public Television Association recommendations.

    Twin Cities Public Television (KTCA)
    Proposed Budget: $3,822,038. Salaries/Benefits $1,929,142, Contracted Services $21,991, Equipment $24,427, Office Support/Supplies $572,430, Advertising $48,036, Travel $5,681, Labor/Facilities $1,134,722, Artist/Rights Fees $44,461, Production Expenses $41,148

    • Minnesota Original Seasons III and IV
    • Lesson plans to accompany Minnesota Original
    • Website analytics and functionality
    • Studio-based music series pilot
    • In-school workshop for music series
    • Two 60-minute documentaries about Minnesota during the Civil War era


    Lakeland Public Television (KAWE)
    Proposed Budget: $368,932 (Expenses include non-ACHF sources). Salaries/Benefits $176,332, Contracted Services $2,160, Equipment $58,340, Supplies $12,840, Advertising $17,500, Travel $4,868, Assessment $2,500, Broadcast Distribution $119,496

    • Common Ground
    • Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival Documentary
    • Native Birch Bark Canoe Documentary
    • Local Music Concert
    • Legacy Profiles
    • Lakeland News "In Focus"


    Pioneer Public Television (KWCM)
    Proposed Budget: $363,402.23 (Expenses include non-ACHF sources). Salaries/Benefits $196,879, Contracted Services $55,7000, Equipment $93,125, Supplies $3,500, Advertising $12,000, Travel $10,500

    • Postcards
    • Sophie & the Adventures of Ice Island
    • Norwegian Holiday Traditions
    • Performance Specials
    • Prairie Yard & Garden
    • Prohibition


    KSMQ
    Proposed Budget: $337,979. Salaries/Benefits $180,973.18, Equipment $63,818.25, Contracted Services $48,250, Travel $15,536, Distribution $10,142.90, Advertising $11,600, Supplies $938.67, Other $6,720

    • Off 90
    • Quickstops
    • Playhouse Off 90
    • Legacy Documentaries
    • Off 90 Presents
    • Legacy Outreach


    Prairie Public Broadcasting (KFME)
    Proposed Budget: $297,028.78. Salaries/Benefits $97,900, Contracted Services $40,285, Equipment $34,300, Office Support and Supplies $39,795, Travel $24,750, Broadcast Hours $60,000

    • Arts, Cultural and Historical Pieces
    • Prairie Musician Specials
    • Non Partisand League in Minnesota research
    • Educational Services


    WDSE
    Proposed Budget: $384,638.99 (Expenses include non-ACHF sources). Salaries/Benefits $247,326.24, Contracted Services $4,100, Equipment $109,521.38, Supplies $20,020, Advertising $3,075, Travel $5,398.20

    • Playlist
    • Old Turtle
    • Documentary
    • Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Live Concert
    • Duluth Superior Symphony Orcehstra Young People's Project
    • Art Extra


    Science Museum of Minnesota

    $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for grants to the Science Museum of Minnesota. These amounts are for arts, arts education, and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.

    Projects in progress:

    Click to read their January 2012 report (PDF).

    • Suitcase Science, October 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013
      2 FTE positions
      Participant and audience surveys will measure how the project supported and fostered participant creativity, audience interest and enjoyment of the project, science concepts represented in the project, and audience connection to cultural heritage represented in the project.
      Proposed Budget: $60,000 each state fiscal year. Salaries/Benefits $56,143, Supplies $847, Travel $3,000

    • American Indian Collections, October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011
      0 FTE positions 
      Acquisition of culturally and historically significant Minnesota native artifacts.
      Proposed Budget: $208,350 for collections purchase.

    • School Services, October 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013
      3 FTE positions 
      Teacher surveys and attendance comparisons will measure the increase in Minnesota students participating in Science Museum learning experiences, connections between project programming and Minnesota academic standards, and professional and academic value to participating teachers.
      Proposed state fiscal year 2012 budget: $226,650. Salaries/Benefits $174,161, Contracted Services $28,000, Program Materials $24,489
      Proposed state fiscal year 2013 budget: $250,000. Salaries/Benefits $219,958, Contracted Services $18,000, Marketing $10,000, Materials $2,042

    • American Indian Programming, July 1, 2012 to June 20, 2013
      1.5 FTE positions 
      Participant and audience surveys will measure the increase in Minnesotans of all ages with access to the Science Museum's American Indian collections and audience understanding of native cultures in Minnesota.
      Proposed state fiscal year 2013 budget: $185,000. Salaries/Benefits $160,000, Travel $5,000, Materials $20,000


    State Capitol Preservation Commission

    $550,000 the first year is for the purposes of Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.2405. 

    For information about the commission, contact:
    Nicky Giancola, Assistant Commissioner
    Minnesota Department of Administration
    50 Sherburne Ave., Room 200
    St. Paul, MN  55155
    Phone: 651-201-2561
    nicky.giancola@state.mn.us

    Read the 2012 Report from the Capitol Preservation Commission (PDF).

    Veterans Camps

    $475,000 the first year is for grants of $400,000 to the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp located on Big Marine Lake in Washington County and $75,000 to the Veterans on the Lake Resort located on Fall Lake in St. Louis County.

    Projects in progress:

    • Veterans on the Lake Resort Restoration and Compliance, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012
      .214 FTE positions
      Guest surveys will measure guest satisfaction, comfort and safety. County inspections will measure compliance with disability and water standards.
      Proposed Budget: $74,250. Contracted Services $47,378, Equipment $22,833, Supplies $3,539, Travel $500
      Click to read Veterans on the Lake Resort's January 2012 report (PDF).

    • Disabled Veterans Rest Camp, July 1, 2011 to September 1, 2012
      1.7 FTE 
      Outcomes include construction of bath facilities sufficient to serve 150 campsites, storm shelter to serve 179 occupants, and addition of second septic system. Facilities will be monitored for basic usage, compliance and reduction on use of current aging septic system and tank.
      Proposed Budget: $396,000, all in contracted services.


    Zoos

    $300,000 the first year and $300,000 the second year are for grants of $200,000 each year to the Como Park Zoo and $100,000 each year to the Lake Superior Zoo for programmatic development.

    Projects in progress:

    Click to read Como Zoo's January 2012 Report.

    • Como Zoo Interpretive Graphics, December 1, 2011 to February 28, 2013
      0.1 FTE positions
      Visitor surveys will measure increases in knowledge, awareness and interest in zoo topics.
      Proposed Budget: $81,000. Salaries/Benefits $6,000, Contracted Services $55,000, Equipment $20,000

    • Como Zoo EdZOOcation Program, January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013
      0.7 FTE positions 
      Participant counts and surveys and staff evaluations and observations will measure the incrase in participation in on- and off-site programs, knowledge of conservation and connections between living things, and positive participant experiences.
      Proposed Budget: $63,608.34. Salaries/Benefits $31,000, Supplies $24,000, Advertising $6,008.34, Travel $2,600

    • Como Zoo Special Exhibits, November 1, 2011 to September 30, 2013
      2.1 FTE positions
      Visitor counts and surveys will measure increased off-peak attendance during exhibits and opportunities to inspire and educate public.
      Proposed Budget: $103,521.66. Salaries/Benefits $54,960, Contracted Services $30,061.66, Supplies $7,500, Advertising $11,000

    • Como Zoo Theatrical Presentation, December 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012
      0.6 FTE positions
      Visitor counts and surveys and staff evaluations and observations will measure goal of 200,000 guests, increased knowledge of conservation and connection between living things, and opportunities for guests to experience meaningful programs.
      Proposed Budget: $40,730. Salaries/Benefits $18,180, Contracted Services $14,050, Equipment $3,500, Supplies $3,500, Advertising $1,500