In October 2021, ALTSCHA marked its 20-Year Anniversary of Certification as one of Maryland’s Heritage Areas.
On this page, we share some of our most notable achievements over the years, including video links, grant funding, and milestones over the years. Last updated: July 2022
To start, we highlight the many projects in the heritage area that have benefited by MHAA funding. Please note that some projects have received grants for multiple phases of a project years in the making.
ALTSCHA Mini-Grants have been funded jointly by MHAA, City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, ALTSCHA, and Mini-Grantee match. Over our 20-Year history, ALTSCHA has awarded 188 Mini-Grants (totaling $440,924 in grants funded) to Stakeholder Organizations, resulting in $2.7 million dollars in total projects costs for Mini-Grant Projects. Review the lists of Mini-Grant Projects here: Mini-Grants By Year, Mini-Grants By Grantee.
MHAA Grant awards are fully matched. Over our 20-Year history, MHAA has awarded 120 Grants to ALTSCHA organizations, totaling $6.9 million in grants funded, resulting in $23 million in total project costs for MHAA Grant Projects, both capital and non-capital. Download the lists of MHAA-funded Projects here: MHAA Grants by Year, MHAA Grants by Grantee.
Download the Summary Grid of all Grants (FY2002-2022) here: https://chesapeakecrossroads.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/PIG-Grid-All-w-color-updated-July-25-2022.xlsx
Download the MHAA-funded Economic Impact Report (February 2020) about our heritage area: https://chesapeakecrossroads.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/FINAL-FOUR-RIVERS-reduced.pdf
October 2001: ALTSCHA completes the final requirements to become certified as a Maryland heritage area in October, 2001. This means that grants from organizations in the heritage area became eligible for MHAA funding.
July 2003, First Heritage Area to Develop a Mini-Grant Program; nine FY2004 Mini-Grant Projects Awarded.
ALTSCHA marked 10 years of accomplishments since certification in October 2011 with a celebration at the Annual Heritage Awards ceremony and a VIDEO created by the City of Annapolis.
In February 2013, the organization created a descriptive video for Visit Annapolis to share about our heritage area and our partners
In October 2014, our organization published a video featuring “Stewardship Success Stories,” to encourage rural land preservation efforts by property owners
In February 2018, a pilot video was created for the proposed Four Rivers “Story Project.” The YouTube (and website) video featured Gertrude Makell
In June 2019, as part of the virtual experiences planned for the “Maryland Day Unpaused” collaborative effort (during the restrictions of COVID), staff created a YouTube video presentation
April 8, 2021. ALTSCHA’s Boundary Amendment Approved by MHAA — Boundary is greatly expanded.
ALTSCHA celebrates its 20-Year Anniversary, together with the Eighteenth Annual Heritage Awards, on November 4, 2021.
In April 2022, ALTSCHA successfully completed its Rebranding process to its new marketing name, “Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area.”