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Sep 23 2020

Funding Opportunity! 2021-2022 AmeriCorps Program Grants

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is soliciting applications for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State funding. AmeriCorps program grants fund service activities that address a variety of critical needs in the community. Grants are used for service activities that address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.   Note: this opportunity is for groups who want a large number of volunteers through Americorps, rather than a single volunteer.  Concept Paper Required The first required step to apply for the AmeriCorps program grant is the submission of a Concept Paper. Concept Papers will be reviewed within two...

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Sep 21 2020

A Special Appeal to Our Stakeholders

To our Stakeholders, We are grateful for all you do to contribute to the vibrancy and sustainability of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. With your collaboration this past year, we brought an unprecedented number of grants to our heritage partners (12 state grants and 8 mini-grants), and continued a robust schedule of programs and projects. We offered several workshops, including one focused on diversifying the heritage narratives at our museums and sites. We raised awareness about the quality of local heritage experiences, and we shared best practices with colleagues. But none...

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Sep 21 2020

What’s Happening This Week: September 21-27

There's a lot happening in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this week, so we'll get straight into this week's offerings! Click on the event title for more information. Four Rivers Fall Mini-Grant Workshop Date: Wednesday, September 23 Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: Online/Zoom Host Organization: Four Rivers Heritage Area If you're planning on submitting an application, for a Fall Mini-grant, you must attend or watch the webinar recording. Join the Four Rivers Heritage Area for this free workshop to learn all about the FY2021 Mini-Grant Process. During this presentation by Carol Benson, Four...

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Sep 18 2020

What’s Happening This Weekend in the Four Rivers Heritage Area

Wondering what's happening in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this weekend? We've got everything from plein air painting to garden tours! Paint Annapolis is back in Annapolis! Professional artists will be painting in and around the beautiful historic city of Annapolis, Maryland, from Sunday, September 20 to Thursday, September 24. For 19 years, Paint Annapolis has been a premier painting event, bringing artists and the community together to share in the beauty of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy...

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Sep 17 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month is Here, and We Recommend These Resources

From our Friends at American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), from their Weekly Bulletin of September 15: "September 15-October 15 is celebrated as National Hispanic Heritage Month, and although the event is sometimes debated, we want to share a few key resources on Latinx history curated by the Teaching Tolerance blog to enrich your learning. Read more." There are Classroom Resources, Lesson Plans, and more, and we discovered that the "Teaching Tolerance" website is a must-see! Click on "Read more" above. Enjoy!...

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Sep 16 2020

Nominate a Heritage Practitioner or Program for an Award Today! Three Opportunities Available

Awards season is coming up! If you know an outstanding heritage or historic preservation practitioner, be sure to nominate them for one of the special recognition opportunities below. Click on each awards name for more information. Four Rivers Heritage Area Heritage Awards Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its Seventeenth Annual Heritage Awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy. Completed nominations must include a brief...

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Sep 14 2020

Virtual Lectures This Week: September 14-20

This week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area we're pleased to highlight some virtual lectures for you to enjoy. Start by continuing the commemoration of International Underground Railroad Month by following the journey of Harriet Tubman and other champions of freedom. Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Lecture – Tubman Travels: Underground Railroad Journeys and Life Lessons from Tubman, Douglass, and Other Champions of Freedom Date: Tuesday, September 15 Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Location: Online/Zoom Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Maryland’s Eastern Shore was home to two American heroes of the...

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Sep 10 2020

Fall FY21 Mini-Grant Round Announced!

Four Rivers Heritage Area is pleased to announce the availability of our Fall FY21 Mini-Grants! NOTE: This year only (FY2021), due to COVID-19, the heritage areas have been authorized by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to allow applicants to use mini-grant funds for operating expenses. Emergency Operating Mini-Grant requests will be considered from eligible nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within the boundaries of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Organizations may apply for a conventional Non-Capital Project Mini-Grant OR an Emergency Operating Mini-Grant; they may not apply for both. Visit the Mini-Grants tab on our...

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Sep 09 2020

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Makes a Big Change to Broaden Access to Funding for Applicants

Our colleague, Ennis Barbery Smith, has shared this recent article she published on the MHT Blog: At its July 2020 meeting, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) made a substantial change to matching fund requirements, eliminating the longstanding 75% cash match requirement for all MHAA grants. Instead, MHAA will accept any combination of cash and in-kind match to fulfill the one-to-one matching requirement going forward. This change means that organizations are permitted to match MHAA grants with primarily volunteer time and donated services and materials, if that form of match makes sense for the proposed project. Importantly, MHAA staff and the local heritage areas hope that this change will...

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Sep 08 2020

Events This Week: September 8-13

Even with the shortened week our partners are busy offering us a lot of activities to enjoy! Take your pick of virtual or in-person events. Celebrate the arts in Annapolis, kick-off National Underground Railroad Month in Anne Arundel County, and much more. Mark your calendars now for this week’s highlights. Click on the event title for more information. Learning at London Town: What’s in a Tree? Dates/Times:Wednesday, September 9, 1:00 - 3:00 pm/Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: In-person educational event, Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown...

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