Partner Resources

Aug 29 2022

Updated Information for Stakeholders – REVISED for Fall 2022

Following our recent Boundary Amendment, the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area's geographical footprint has nearly doubled in size and many new attractions, parks, heritage sites, and other organizations are now part of our stakeholder "family," and eligible for the grants and other activities of the program. How do I check whether my site or heritage project is in the heritage area? We include stakeholder information here on our website, We seek to include our new attractions on the website, so please contact us at [email protected] to share information and photos with us...

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Resources for Developing Interpretive Themes – Revised!

The Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area will be revisiting its Interpretive Themes as part of the Five-Year Planning Process it is undertaking this year (FY2023). In advance of the meetings that will be held, we wanted to collect and share resources about this task. Interpretive Themes play a large role in the MHAA application process. Grant applicants are asked to refer to the themes when they describe their proposed projects, and the applications are judged on their answers. Because of this. we want to examine both what they are, and how they...

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Resources for Interpretive Signage Projects

Four Rivers/Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area is pleased to share the following resources about planning for interpretive signage projects. We presented a webinar on March 8th, 2022, with primary presenter, David J. Guiney, and panelists Marcie Taylor-Thoma, Jane Cox, Janice Hayes-Williams, and Andrew Arvizu. View a recording of the March 8th webinar here: Read the "Chat" discussion here: 00:24:50 Carol Benson: Find the outline and other resources here: Carol Benson: Welcome to panelist Janice Hayes-Williams!00:30:15 janice: Hi!!!!!00:45:50 Tim Leahy: It’s so interesting that this design standard came from Harpers Ferry...

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Watch the Recorded Webinar by Janice Hayes-Williams about the Annapolis Port Marker Project

On Wednesday, February 16, Four Rivers hosted a webinar on Zoom by Janice Hayes-Williams, about the plans in Annapolis to install a Port Marker as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) program that recognizes designated locations as a “Site of Memory,” associated with the Slave Route. Please use the link below to watch the recorded webinar. Read more here:, Read the Press Release from 2019, when Annapolis was designated: ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23, 2019) – Annapolis was recently designated as a “Site of Memory associated with the Slave...

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Four Rivers Adopts New Priorities Document to Assist Grant Applicants

At its November meeting, the Four Rivers Board of Directors adopted a new planning document, an "Updated Priorities Document," designed to assist grant applicants in our heritage area with aligning their projects with our priorities, which we expect will go a long way to improve the clarity of applications. Download the document below. As always, please contact the Executive Director, Carol Benson, with any questions about the application process, at [email protected], or by calling 410-627-6018. Thank you, and best of luck with this year's grant applications! ALTSCHA-Updated-Priorities-DocumentDownload ...

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Watch Recording: Annual Site Directors and Managers Summit

A recording of the Site Directors and Managers Summit that Four Rivers hosted on February 17 is now available to view. This roundtable-style meeting includes updates from many key sites and partners in the heritage area. Please use this link: NOTE: The required passcode is: i+!W8W5@...

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Jan 20 2021

Introduction to Using Clio

"What is CLIO? Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you. We have 38407 historical entries from all across the country. 346 new entries have been added and 466 entries have been improved in the last 30 days." -- from the Clio website, Four Rivers may be able to use Clio for a virtual tour of the new areas to be added to the heritage area as part of our Boundary Amendment. Some of our heritage sites may want to use Clio to create tours of their site. Here is the message Four Rivers...

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Dec 15 2020

Now Open! Maryland Heritage Areas Authority FY 2022 Grants

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) is pleased to announce that MHAA is now seeking applications for its FY 2022 grants cycle. Do you have a heritage tourism related project in mind for your organization? Perhaps you are planning to restore a historic building, create a new museum exhibit, build a visitor center, develop a walking tour mobile application, or undertake some other project that showcases Maryland's unique historical, cultural, or natural resources. Will the project take place in a certified heritage area, including the Four Rivers Heritage Area? A Maryland...

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Emergency Grants
Nov 12 2020

Applications Open: Community Crisis Response Fund

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC), utilizing federal COVID-19 Relief CARES Act Funding from Anne Arundel County, is administering the Community Crisis Response Fund grant program to provide financial assistance to eligible Anne Arundel County 501c3 nonprofit organizations that sustained a loss of income/revenue and/or an increase of expenses due to COVID-19 impacts on their operations and communities. CFAAC will award grants of up to $10,000 on a rolling basis to 501c3 nonprofits who fit the criteria and who demonstrate need in order to ensure the health of their...

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Nov 11 2020

Applications Open for “Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative” Nonprofit Grants

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering funding for the Governor’s Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative (MD-SERI). These funds will support the state’s nonprofit tourism organizations, entertainment venues and businesses across Maryland​. The following opportunities may be relevant for some of our heritage partners: Tourism Nonprofits (Open for Applications) DHCD’S MD-SERI Tourism Nonprofits will allocate funds to the state’s nonprofit tourism producing organizations, such as museums, cultural attractions, zoos, aquariums whose mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development and now economic recovery of Maryland communities through visitor driven...

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