Partner Resources

MHAA Offers COVID-19 Emergency Operating Grant Opportunity

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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Webinar Notes: Historic Sites and COVID-19

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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Virtual Events for Engagement
Apr 03 2020

Why Hold a Virtual Event for Your Nonprofit? They Can Help!

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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Mar 27 2020

Take a Small Survey, Make a Big Impact

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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Explore “African-American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail”

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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Donated Books on Non-Profit Marketing Offered to Partners

[video width="1280" height="720" 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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Four Rivers Shares Workshop Resources About Accessibility

On Thursday, January 17, Four Rivers presented a workshop entitled, "Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Physical Disabilities," which took place at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport. The speakers at the workshop included Marian Vessels, former Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center; Caleb Berkemeier, Training Specialist at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center; and Meredith Peruzzi, Manager and Curator at the Gallaudet University Museum. The speakers shared a number of resources that will be useful to the staff at local heritage museums and attractions. They include: Website of the Mid-Atlantic ADA center:...

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