Emergency Grants
Apr 30 2020

Maryland Humanities CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants

Applications Open May 1 Maryland Humanities is accepting applications to its $500,000 CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund. The funding is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act. The goal of this new program is to sustain Maryland’s public humanities infrastructure and to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for Maryland’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time. Grants will support nonprofit general operating expenses. Eligible nonprofit organizations include: museums, historic sites,...

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Apr 29 2020

Supporting Local Farmers During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers are working hard to make sure our community has access to healthy food and fresh produce. According to the Maryland Farm Bureau, Anne Arundel County has 381 farms totaling 28,111 acres. Fortunately, farmers’ markets in Maryland are considered an essential business and can remain open. Here are some ways you can continue to buy local and support our farmers. Farmers’ Markets Guides Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation publishes the Arundel Grown Guide, an informative directory of locally grown and produced goods in Anne Arundel County. Southern Maryland Farmers’...

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Introducing Virtual Experiences

We are pleased to announce a new section of our website! Check out the Virtual Experiences listings page! While our heritage sites are currently closed to the public, many of our partners have gone virtual, offering online exhibits, educational resources, activities, webinars, video tours, and more! Four Rivers is sharing these these virtual experiences in a new section on our website to highlight our partners as they strive to remain accessible to you wherever you are. Visit our all-new Virtual Experiences page to learn more -- and continue to check back as more online...

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Paycheck Protection Program Resumed

Following the second round of CARES Act funding, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders. Nonprofits with less than 500 employees are eligible to apply for this federal relief measure. About the Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. You can...

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Updates to State Funding and Pandemic Assistance

Four Rivers strives to keep you updated on changes to the assistance programs available to our stakeholders. Here are today's updates: State Arts Council Emergency Grants Update Recognizing that the extraordinary demand for State and Federal resources is resulting in application delays and increased wait times for responses, the Council and the Secretary of Commerce have approved changes to MSAC’s Emergency Grant program. The program now requires applicants to estimate anticipated funding from State and Federal sources but does not require proof of application. In addition, clarity on deadlines and review periods...

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Four Rivers and Partners Celebrate Our Volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognize and honor the countless individuals who selflessly invest in the lives of others. The time and talents that volunteers contribute to our organizations are beyond invaluable. We wouldn’t  be able to fulfill our missions without them! As examples of our gratitude, here are a few ways some of our volunteers have been celebrated in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.  Thank you to all of our volunteers! Four Rivers Heritage Area To start, Four Rivers thanks our many volunteers who join with us...

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Apr 23 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities Relief Fund for Cultural Institutions

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEC) has announced guidelines for "NEH CARES," an emergency relief funding program for cultural institutions. Guidelines The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit humanities sector is an essential component of America's economic and civic life. NEH has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.  In keeping with Congress's intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. NEH invites applications...

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Join the Virtual Earth Day Celebrations

What is Earth Day? It’s an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to flood the world with hope, optimism and action. This year is particularly significant because Earth Day is marking its 50th anniversary! The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge, but also the vast opportunities, of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Here are some of the ways our local partners and environmental organizations...

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Explore Environmental Preservation Sites Online

With the support of our local partners and associations, Four Rivers is dedicated to preserving the attractions, locations, cultures, and stories of the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants, both past and present. The confluence of the Chesapeake Bay to the east and the area’s numerous creeks and four rivers—Severn, South, Rhode, and West—defined the area’s natural and man-made landscape and shaped the lives of those who settled along its shores.   Because of the connection between heritage and stewardship, some of our sites make environmental preservation an important focus of their...

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Apr 20 2020

Online Resources for Researching Local History

If staying home has left you with some extra time on your hands, maybe now’s the perfect time to undertake that research project you've been pondering for a while.  Every researcher contributes in their own way to deepening the knowledge of our heritage community. Whether you’re exploring your family’s past or delving into local history, here are some online tools and resources that can aid you in your task. Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives has a wide variety of digital resources available for researchers. These resources include digital publications, special collections,...

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