The FY2024 MHAA Grant Round has closed. The information below may be of use to you in planning an application for next year. Note that grant materials may be revised before the FY2025 Grant round is announced in December 2023.
Do you have a heritage tourism related project in mind for your organization? Perhaps you are planning to restore a historic building, create a new museum exhibit, build a visitor center, develop a walking tour mobile application, or undertake some other project that showcases Maryland’s unique historical, cultural, or natural resources. Will the project take place in a certified heritage area, including the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area? A Maryland Heritage Areas project grant may be the funding source for you!
MHAA Grant Program Basics
MHAA provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for capital and non-capital projects located within Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas. Non-profit organizations, local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal agencies are all eligible to apply.
Non-capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $50,000 per project, while capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $100,000 per project. Projects seeking less than $5,000 in grant funding are not eligible for MHAA project grants. MHAA requires that both capital and non-capital projects support heritage tourism related activities or infrastructure.
Applicants may propose any combination of cash and in-kind match. This means a project might be matched entirely by volunteer time spent on the project, if that makes sense for the application budget. Read more about this and the entire application process in the Grant Guidelines: Final_FY 2024 MHAA Project Grants Guidelines
Intent to Apply
The first step in the application process is to submit a simple online questionnaire called an “Intent to Apply” form. This form is usually due in January.
Here in the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area, we have new documents, including a new Five-Year Plan and Interpretive Framework! Read more here.
If you have plans to write an application in the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area, or any questions about developing your project, please send an email to [email protected] to schedule a call with Executive Director Carol Benson at your convenience. Thank you!