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Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grant

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Government
Agencies for Historic Preservation Projects

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

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09/03/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that will preserve the State's history. An LOI is required prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for survey, documentation, research, conservation, planning and educational activities involving architectural, historic, archaeological, or cultural resources. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Eligible activities may include the development of preservation plans, architectural, archeological, or cultural resource surveys, educational outreach programs and National Register nominations. Eligible projects should seek to preserve the tangible remains of Maryland’s past in a manner that is consistent with MHT’s standards and guidelines.

In FY 2020, special priority will be given to:
- Broad-based and comprehensive archeological 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 an in-depth architectural or archeological study of a specific topic, time period, or theme.

Applications for projects that address these priorities will receive special consideration in the application ranking process.

MHT grant funds must be used for costs directly related to research, survey, planning and educational activities involving architectural, archeological or cultural resources. Any costs included in the project budget must be justified in the project narrative. Eligible costs include:

- Salary and Wages: Salaries must be reasonable and customary for the work undertaken, but may include fringe benefits such as health insurance costs. The budget must show the total MHT FY 2020 Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grant Project Guidelines 6 salary/wage for each individual at an hourly or daily rate (e.g., $50/hour for 100 hours for a total cost of $5,000).
- Consultant fees: Consultant fees are eligible as lump sum contracts, however the application and budget must detail and justify all work items included under the contract.
- Contractual Services: Contractual services may include items such as photography, printing and production costs. The budget and project narrative must detail and justify these costs.
- Materials and Supplies: The project narrative and budget must justify and detail these costs.
- Travel: Mileage costs must be billed at the State-approved rate ($0.58/mile). Other travel costs must be reasonable and appropriate for the geographic region.
- Purchase of Equipment: Purchase of equipment necessary for the completion of the project is an eligible cost; however, equipment that has a useful life that will extend beyond the period of the grant (i.e., computers, printers, cameras, etc.) is strongly discouraged, and may be subject to recapture by MHT. The cost of equipment purchase is eligible as cash match.

For further information regarding Eligible Projects and Activities, FY2020 Funding Priorities, and Program Requirements please see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 124187

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Individual Non-Capital grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $75,000. The maximum Non-Capital grant 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Reconnaissance (or “windshield”) level surveys will rarely be funded.

MHT grant funds may not be used to pay for the following items:
- Legal fees;
- Insurance premiums;
- Appraisal fees;
- Operating costs, including existing staff salaries and overhead expenses;
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Prospective applicants should plan to attend an upcoming workshop.

Workshops will be held in Crownsville on June 11, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on June 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The workshops will include information about the program and FY 2020 funding priorities, eligible activities and expenses, and applying and reporting online.

To register for one of the workshops, please visit:

Pre-Application Information:

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.

The application and selection process will follow this established schedule:

- May 2019: Official Announcement of Grant Availability - MHT staff assistance is available for application consultation, project planning, and identifying sources of alternate and matching funding.
- July 12, 2019: Intent to Apply Form Due - Intent to Apply forms must be completed online on or before 11:59 PM on July 12, 2019. It is understood that data included on the July Intent to Apply submittal may change by the time that a full application is submitted in September.
- September 3, 2019: Full Application Due - Fully completed applications must be completed online on or before 11:59 PM on September 3, 2019. The full application will be released to the online account used to submit the Intent to Apply form.
- October 2019: Evaluation of Applications - Completed MHT staff reviews and ranks the applications and then presents the results of their evaluation to the MHT Board of Trustees. The Board reviews the proposed awards and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Planning for final approval of each grant.
- November 2019: Award Announcements/Earliest Project Start

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 funding. For Fiscal Year 2020, 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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Please contact the MHT staff member responsible for your project discipline:
Matt McKnight

Architectural Survey:
Heather Barrett

All other projects:
Karen Golder
(410) 697-9550

Maryland Department of Planning
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023

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