Current Grant Opportunities

Library Construction Grant
The state Library Construction Grant program provides public libraries with funding for renovation, construction, and improvement projects that result in more accessible library facilities. Projects may:

  • Remove architectural barriers from a library building or site.
  • Remediate conditions hazardous to health or safety.
  • Renovate or expand an existing building for use as a library.
  • Construct a new library.

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature allocated a total amount of $2 million to the program, and those funds are available for competitive grant awards. The deadline to apply is Sept. 29.

Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for Cultural Community Partnership Grants. Cities are eligible to apply. Cultural Community Partnership is a program designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color. Proposed projects must take place between March 1, 2018, and Feb. 28, 2019. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.

Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grants
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant.

The deadline for submitting applications is Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. If you are considering submitting an application, you must contact broadband providers in your proposed project area by July 31 to comply with the pre-application notification portion of the application process (or six weeks before you file your application, if you file before Sept. 11).

Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Grant
The Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Program (TEDI) is a competitive grant program available to communities for road and public infrastructure projects that create jobs and support economic development. DEED's program is combined with the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED) administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for highway projects.

A total of approximately $22.6 million is available through the 2017 programs. This includes approximately $18.4 million in MnDOT trunk highway funds and approximately $4.2 million of DEED general obligation bond funding. The programs may provide a portion of the costs for trunk highway improvements and other road and infrastructure improvements. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

Information sessions are being offered throughout the state in June to provide detailed information on how to apply for the funds.

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