Fall FY21 Mini-Grant Round Announced!

September 10, 2020

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 Grants page to access the Application and Guidelines. Click on the Mini-Grants tab. You will use Part 1 of the Application for a conventional Non-Capital Project Mini-Grant, or Part 2 for an Emergency Operating Mini-Grant. Fill out Part 1 OR Part 2 but DO NOT fill out both.

Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 2 and funding decisions will be announced by November 2, 2020.

About conventional Non-Capital Project Grants: These Mini-Grants are available for new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events. We encourage Mini-Grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhanced heritage tourism, preservation, and/or the stewardship of historical, cultural, and natural resources.

Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that will primarily be located within the boundaries of the  Heritage Area. The maximum award is $5,000 and applicants must provide a one-to-one match (any combination of Cash or In-Kind).

About the Emergency Operating Mini-Grant: Operating costs that are eligible are costs associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency, beginning July 9, 2020 and extending until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency; these are defined as any expenses that allow an organization to continue operations and to safeguard heritage resources during and after the pandemic, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, utilities, insurance, contractor services, rent and mortgage payments. You must also provide a one-to-one match for this category of grant.

This grant round is expected to be highly competitive; partial funding awards are likely. To learn more, applicants must attend or view a mandatory online workshop on Wednesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. (it will be recorded). Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to register. Download the flyer here: Mini-Grant Flier

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