20-Year Anniversary

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: October 2021


Grants Awarded

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 Grants

MHAA Grant awards are fully matched. Over our 20-Year history, MHAA has awarded 120 Grants to ALTSCHA organizations, totaling $6.1 million in grants funded, resulting in $19.5 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 YearMHAA Grants by Grantee. 


Total Funds Invested in Grant Projects since 2001: $6.6 Million

Total Project Funding for Grant Projects since 2001: $22.3 Million

Download the Summary Grid of all Grants (FY2002-2022) here:

Download the MHAA-funded Economic Impact Report (February 2020) about our heritage area:


Timeline — 20 Years in Review

  • ALTSCHA Certified as a Maryland Heritage Area

    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.

  • First CHA to Develop Mini-Grant Program

    July 2003, First Heritage Area to Develop a Mini-Grant Program; nine FY2004 Mini-Grant Projects Awarded.

  • ALTSCHA adopts Four Rivers as Marketing Name

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    2004. ALTSCHA adopts the marketing name of Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area, or Four Rivers Heritage Area, with new logo.

  • Benchmark – Ten Years Celebrated with Video

    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.

  • Heritage Area Video Created for Visitors

    In February 2013, the organization created a descriptive video for Visit Annapolis to share about our heritage area and our partners

  • Stewardship Success Stories Video

    In October 2014, our organization published a video featuring “Stewardship Success Stories,” to encourage rural land preservation efforts by property owners

  • Story Project Pilot Video Published

    In February 2018, a pilot video was created for the proposed Four Rivers “Story Project.” The YouTube (and website) video featured Gertrude Makell

  • Presentation for “Maryland Day Unpaused”

    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

  • Boundary Expansion Approved

    April 8, 2021. ALTSCHA’s Boundary Amendment Approved by MHAA — Boundary is greatly expanded.

  • Benchmark – 20 Years

    ALTSCHA celebrates its 20-Year Anniversary, together with the Eighteenth Annual Heritage Awards, on November 4, 2021.