Small Changes Grant

Small Changes funding is limited to $500 per organization per fiscal year, and only small-budget organizations are eligible to apply (see below).

This grant was established in 2021, in recognition (celebration) of the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Area and the launch of the new Chesapeake Crossroads brand, by Patricia Barland, former Chair, who made a donation to create a new grant fund, called the “Small Changes” Grant Fund, for the advancement of heritage area programs and support of small organizations in the heritage area. The fund has grown with a supplemental donation by Dr. Jean Russo, a current Board member.

“Small Changes” funding is intended for immediate needs of organizations, which may include:

  • Professional advancement –- offset fees for training/workshops, including marketing classes; digital media and communications classes; small museum workshops; Maryland Nonprofit workshops; training on DEI; and more
  • Consultant fees — for planning, Board training, financial assistance, environmental workshops
  • Assistance with applications for National Register, Historic landmarks and other historic designations Assistance with archeological investigations
  • Assistance with research for heritage tourism products

Small Changes funds are designated to assist our small heritage-related partner organizations. This is defined as those with annual budgets of $100,000 or less (not including overhead costs that include mortgage, rent, and utilities.) The vision for this grant fund is to give a “boost” to smaller organizations, especially those that are recently-established, that are experiencing a pressing need that, if met, will allow them to increase their effectiveness. Small Changes Grant funds provide opportunities to strengthen the organizations, create new messaging, marketing, and enhancement of the sites and their programming. The maximum grant award is $500; no match is required. Small Changes Grants shall not be used for routine administrative expenses or for capital projects.

Non-profit heritage-related organizations are eligible to apply, for projects to take place within our designated boundaries. The funds will be remitted once grant is approved. A final report is required following completion of the project.

Helpful Links

Grant Application & Guidelines

Download the Grant Application & Guidelines (.docx)

(Note: in lieu of your organization’s annual budget, you may substitute a letter from your Board Chair that confirms that your operating budget (minus rent or utilities) is less than $100K. Questions? Please call the Executive Director, at 410-627-6018)

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