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Apr 23 2020

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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Apr 16 2020

We are pleased to share that the MHAA COVID-19 Emergency Operating Grants for Nonprofits are now open.  The guidelines are below for your reference. Nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within the boundaries of Four Rivers Heritage Area (or the boundaries of any of Maryland's Certified Heritage Areas) that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for Emergency Grants of up to $20,000.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with all applications received by the first of each month considered as a group.  The first deadline...

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Apr 09 2020

As we discussed in a previous blog post on COVID-19 Webinars for Nonprofits, webinars are an easy way to stay informed and educated while working from home. Four Rivers staff recently participated in an American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Webinar on “Historic Sites and COVID-19,” which included a discussion about the unique challenges the coronavirus pandemic poses for historic sites across the county. Speakers offered ideas about how historic sites can best fulfill their mission, support their staff and volunteers, and serve their communities during our present...

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Apr 06 2020

Many of our partners are organizations and individuals working in the arts and culture industry, whether in the visual/performing arts or other areas. Visitors have been flooding Annapolis for decades to experience the architecture lining its colonial streets, the artwork found in its numerous art galleries and historic buildings, and the many monuments that enrich the city. Annapolis continues to be one of the nation’s top arts destinations, so we want to make sure we’re supporting an important part of our cultural heritage community. Below find resources and funding opportunities we...

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Apr 03 2020

While practicing social distancing has meant canceling events for the foreseeable future, some nonprofits have begun to embrace the new trend of hosting virtual events. In a previous blog post, we shared with you a list of COVID-19 Webinars for Nonprofits, including one from Bloomerang on How to Run an Online Event And Engage More People Virtually. That webinar helped provide us with some of the following takeaways. Here’s 10 reasons why virtual events can support your mission by engaging donors and expanding your outreach. 1.       Virtual events broaden awareness of your nonprofit....

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Apr 02 2020

With the recent passing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, additional crisis relief programs have been put in place for small businesses. Some of these programs also apply to nonprofits. Since the majority of our partners are small nonprofits, we wanted to make you aware of these resources. Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck...

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Mar 27 2020

Looking for a quick way to make a difference? Below, find four surveys for different audiences that are intended to utilize collected information to find the best way to support arts nonprofits, heritage sites, small businesses, and others during and after this pandemic. Take a moment to check the details, fill out a survey, and help guide our community’s crisis response. Maryland Heritage Areas Program COVID-19 Impacts on Maryland's Cultural Heritage Organizations The Maryland Heritage Areas Program and MHT are seeking information about the economic and human impacts of the current health crisis – the...

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Mar 18 2020

This was a project that was executed when our name was "Four Rivers Heritage Area." Anne Arundel County’s Office of Planning and Zoning and the Lost Towns Project developed a “virtual trail” exploring our area’s African American history and heritage in 2019. This resource is entitled, “African-American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.” The online “trail” highlights nearly 200 historic sites about African American life within the geographic area of our original heritage area boundaries. The project was created by local and professional historians, genealogists, and citizens. Funding...

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Feb 12 2020

[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://chesapeakecrossroads.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Adobe_Spark_Video-1.mp4"][/video] Great news! A box full of marketing-related books for nonprofits has recently been donated to Four Rivers, and these are available for FREE to any of our partners on a first-come, first-served basis! The video below highlights the book covers. Please call our office if you would like one -- or several -- of these excellent reads! We can be reached at 410-222-1805 or send an e-mail to [email protected], thanks!...

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