MHAA FY2021 Grant Opportunity is Announced

Dec 17 2019

MHAA FY2021 Grant Opportunity is Announced

The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is now accepting grant applications for heritage tourism and education projects located in Maryland’s thirteen heritage areas for the FY2021 Grant Round. Learn more by using this link to the Maryland Historical Trust website:

The application and grant management process is entirely online. This is also the webpage where you will start your required Intent to Apply form. Applicants must have completed an online Intent to Apply form by January 31, 2020. 

To help you learn more and prepare your application, there are 6 in-person workshops to be held around the state, and 2 webinars. Download the flyer here. The workshop in our county will be held in Crownsville on Monday, January 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Projects must be located within the boundaries of a Certified Heritage Area, such as Four Rivers, to be eligible. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 if you are planning an application in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Best of luck with your upcoming projects!

Grant Opportunity description: Each year, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority provides dollar-for-dollar matching project grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a certified Maryland heritage areas (which includes the Four Rivers Heritage Area). Grants can support heritage tourism-related projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, events, or properties.

Non-capital projects can include planning and design as well as interpretive projects, such as exhibits, signage, and other materials. Capital projects include acquisition, development, new construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and pre-development costs (such as architectural designs).  MHAA grants can also fund programming, such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, and festivals (must be a pilot program or new programming).

Eligible applicants are local municipalities or non-profit organizations in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.

Award amounts typically range from a maximum $50,000 for non-capital and programming projects and a maximum of $100,000 for capital projects.  The minimum grant award is $5,000. All grants must be matched in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match). A portion of this match may be with in-kind services, such as volunteer time, donated professional services, and donated materials.

When planning an MHAA Application, you MUST call the heritage area office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your organization’s prospective plans. Thank you!