Aitkin, Brainerd, and Little Falls Get Historical Society Grants – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD – The historic Brainerd Water Tower is among recipients of a total of $6,193,687 in cultural heritage grants from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Significant grants, made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, are awarded annually to help nonprofits, educational organizations, government units, and federally recognized tribes preserve and share Minnesota history. The historical society’s executive board approved this round of grants on Dec. 9.

The local winners are:

  • Aitkin County Historical Society – $38,000 to contract qualified professionals to prepare construction documents for the preservation of the Northern Pacific Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Town of Brainerd – $162,043 to hire qualified professionals to replace the roof and perform additional restorations on the historic water tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Town of Little Falls — $32,000 to hire a qualified consultant to write an interpretive plan for the Town of Little Falls.

The Minnesota Historical Society received a statutory appropriation of more than $33 million for the 2022-2023 biennium for Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants.
Grants are available for history and historic preservation projects at two levels of funding. Large grants of over $10,000 are offered once a year. Small grants of $10,000 or less are awarded quarterly. The next deadlines for small grant applications are April 8 and July 8. All grants are administered through a competitive process using review criteria and professional standards.

For more information on the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Program, including application deadlines, visit


The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The society collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publications. For more information, visit


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