The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation can provide assistance to owners and stewards of historic properties that have been affected by the recent floods, including guidance on Section 106 compliance for damaged historic properties. Additionally, the State Historical Fund offers small grants of up to $10,000 for owners of historically designated properties damaged by acts of nature.
State Historical Fund Emergency Grants
These grants are awarded for emergency stabilization to protect the affected building(s) from further damage until more permanent preservation work can be completed. Learn more about SHF Emergency Grants.
Other Funding Resources
FEMA Federal Disaster Declarations. This website has information about which counties are included in designated disaster areas and are therefore eligible for federal disaster assistance.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older & Historic Buildings. It discusses cleaning out mud, foundation problems, caring for wet plaster, treatment for saturated wood framed walls and floors and treatment for historic wallpapers and interior finishes.
The Minnesota Historical Society shares salvage procedures for a wide variety of materials, including textiles, photographs, wooden objects, leather, paintings and paper.
A free, online video guide demonstrating how to rescue soaked photographs, books, documents, and other valued items is available from Heritage Preservation. This 10-minute streaming video provides professional advice that benefits families as well as museum and library staff.