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Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant

Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #124187

Grant Description

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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for historic preservation projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for a wide range of planning, survey, research, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Priority will be given to projects that focus on the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, in-depth archaeological and architectural studies, and broad-based archaeological and architectural surveys.

Historic Preservation Non-Capital grants provide support for a 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. For eligible projects and activities, see

In FY 2023, special priority will be given to:

  • Broad-based and comprehensive archaeological or architectural surveys (as opposed to surveys of limited or "development-defined" areas)
  • Projects designed to assess, document, or address the impacts of natural disasters, ongoing natural processes, and/or climate change on threatened resources
  • Projects that undertake in-depth architectural or archaeological study of a specific topic, time period, or theme.

For additional information about these priorities, see

MHT grant funds must be used for costs directly related to research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. For eligible costs, see

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations 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.

Archival projects that seek to conserve or catalog historic collections are not eligible for Non-Capital Grant funding. However, funds can be used for the conservation and enhancement of archaeological collections, both from field projects funded by the grant program and collections generated by prior research.

Publication of previously completed manuscripts is not an eligible activity, unless the research was conducted under the auspices of MHT.

MHT grant funds may not be used to pay for the following items:
- Legal and appraisal fees;
- Insurance premiums;
- Food or beverage costs;
- State staff time or funds;
- Payment to any MHT staff and Board of Trustees members;
- Costs incurred or work accomplished prior to the approval of the MHT grant.
For additional information on ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

An in-person workshop will be hosted on June 14, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at MHT’s office, located at 100 Community Place in Crownsville.

Please register to attend here:

A recording of this event's Q&A session will be posted on MHT's YouTube channel.

Pre-Application Information:

- The Intent to Apply form is due by 11:59 PM on June 27, 2022
- The final application is due by 11:59 PM on August 1, 2022
- Award announcements: November 2021

For program requirements, see:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MHT staff prior to application submission to discuss project eligibility and the proposed scope of work.

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. Nonprofit organizations are exempt from matching requirements. However, match is strongly recommended and 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. State of Maryland funds and State staff time are not eligible as match.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award is $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects generally should be completed within twenty-four (24) months of the execution date of the grant agreement.

Contact Information:


For assistance in developing a scope of work and budget for your proposal, please contact the MHT staff member responsible for your project discipline:

Archaeology: Matt McKnight, 410-697-9572 or

Architectural Survey: Heather Barrett, 410-697-9536 or

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

Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place, 3rd Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
(410) 697-9591

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