On November 8, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Commonly known as the “Legacy Amendment,” the amendment to Minnesota’s constitution increased the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent and dedicated 20% of the resulting revenue to be “deposited in the arts and cultural heritage fund and may be spent only for arts, arts education, and arts access and to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.” Minnesota Constitution, Article XI, Section 15
In 2011, the Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to spend $2.8 million in state fiscal years 2012 and 2013 of Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds to provide grants to each of the state’s county fairs “to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs.” Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Appropriations, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 10
All county fair applications will be received and reviewed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
The MDA administers two parts of the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant Programs: The Equal Share Grant and the Competitive Grant. Both grants require county fairs to use funds to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. Appropriated money may not be spent on any activities not directly related to the stated criteria. Additionally, the Minnesota Constitution mandates—“The dedicated money under this section must supplement traditional sources of funding for these purposes and may not be used as a substitute.” Minnesota Constitution Article XI, Section 15.
The equal share grant program distributes $700,000 in state fiscal year 2012, and another $700,000 in state fiscal year 2013, in equal amounts to each of the state’s county fairs and is not competitive. The competitive grant program distributes $700,000 in state fiscal year 2012, and another $700,000 in state fiscal year 2013, for selected projects and is competitive.
Emily Murphy, State Program Administrator
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org