Now Open! Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grants

May 13 2020

Now Open! Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grants

Grants for NonprofitsIn FY2021, funding totaling $300,000 has been distributed from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund to the Maryland Historical Trust to be awarded as Non-Capital Grants.

Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions may apply for Non-Capital Grants. These grants provide support for a wide variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Eligible activities may include preservation plans, historic and cultural resource surveys, educational outreach programs, and National Register nominations.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply for MHT Non-Capital Grant funding. Nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations under the grant program. Organization status information can be obtained by contacting the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) at 301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-1184, or through its website at

Grant Amounts and Matching Requirements

Individual Non-Capital Grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $75,000. The maximum award is $75,000. Applicants are encouraged to include itemized components, especially on large projects.

For grants to local jurisdictions, a dollar-for-dollar match is required of the grant recipient. This match may consist of cash, an equivalent dollar value of in-kind contributions, or a combination of both. In most cases, projects which provide an equivalent cash match will be given preference in selection for funding. Thus, match is strongly recommended; the existence of matching funds will enhance the competitiveness of the application. If awarded funding, applicants will be required to document all matching funds shown in the project budget.

Project Selection Criteria, Program Requirements, and Eligible and Ineligible Costs

The evaluation criteria, program requirements, and eligible and ineligible costs are noted in the Non-Capital Grants Manual.

Application Assistance

It is highly beneficial for applicants to contact MHT staff to discuss project proposals prior to submission of an application. For assistance in developing a scope of work and budget for your proposal, please contact the MHT staff member responsible for your project discipline:

For further assistance in the preparation of your application, please contact Karen Golder at 410-697-9550 or [email protected]

Intent to Apply forms for Non-Capital Historic Preservation grants are due on July 17, 2020. The deadline for completed applications is August 28, 2020. Grant awards will be announced in the fall of 2020.

To begin the process, begin a new Intent to Apply form for Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grants. See the Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program webpage for more information, including details on eligible projects and activities as well as FY 2021 funding priorities.