Maryland Department of Planning - Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)
10/01/18 11:59 PM Receipt
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that will preserve the State's history. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply form by July 9, 2018. Funding is intended for educational activities, research, and preservation projects involving historic, architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources (i.e., the tangible remains of Maryland's past).
All applicants must select one primary focus for their project, choosing among Research and Documentation, Education, or Preservation Planning. The three categories are as follows:
- Research and Documentation Projects: Research and Documentation Projects are those projects that seek to research and document Maryland’s historic architectural, archaeological or cultural resources in a manner that is generally consistent with MHT-approved standards and guidelines (e.g., Standards and Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Maryland and Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland). Typical research and documentation projects include, but are not limited to: identifying, documenting and evaluating standing structures through broad-based comprehensive surveys; conducting broad-based, comprehensive archaeological investigations to identify, evaluate and document the full range of prehistoric and/or historic archaeological resources in a defined region of the State; research, documentation and evaluation of individual historic and archaeological sites (e.g., historic structures reports and HABS documentation); documenting oral traditions and cultural heritage in historic communities and traditional occupations as they may relate to standing structures and historic communities; the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; and, thematic research supporting historic context development.
- Educational Projects: Education Projects are those projects that seek to raise public understanding of Maryland’s architectural, archaeological or cultural resources. Projects should result in products that are publicly accessible and target as broad an audience as possible. Typical education projects include, but are not limited to: producing heritage education materials that highlight Maryland’s architectural, archaeological and cultural history; conducting programs specifically designed to engage the public in Maryland archaeology and historic preservation; and preparing publications for a scholarly or general audience summarizing the current state of knowledge of Maryland’s architectural, archaeological and cultural history at the statewide and regional level.
- Preservation Planning Projects: Preservation Planning Projects are those projects undertaken by local governments and nonprofit organizations to assist local preservation planning efforts or to provide preservation planning-related products of benefit to the local government or community. Project products should be utilized by local governments and/or nonprofit organizations to more effectively preserve historic and cultural resources according to preservation best practices. Typical preservation planning projects include, but are not limited to: development of preservation plans, or preservation components of local comprehensive plans; creation of design guidelines for a local historic preservation commission; development or expansion of local historic preservation programs; and, completion of studies determining the fiscal impact and potential of heritage preservation activities and resources.
Activities most commonly supported by Non-Capital grant funds include:
- Identifying, documenting and evaluating standing structures through broad-based comprehensive surveys completed by qualified professionals to MHT's Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland;
- Conducting broad-based, comprehensive archeological investigations to identify, evaluate and/or document the full range of prehistoric and/or historic archeological resources in a defined region of the State;
- Researching, documenting, and evaluating individual historic and archaeological sites that are listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (e.g., historic structures reports and Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation);
- Documenting oral traditions and cultural heritage in historic communities and traditional occupations as they may relate to historic places, especially in underserved communities (the curation of objects or collections is not an eligible activity);
- Preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for historic districts or thematic groups of historic and cultural resources, or for highly significant individual properties;
- Conducting thematic research that supports historic context development for more effective evaluation and protection of architectural, archaeological or cultural resources;
- Enhancing existing, systematically assembled (through excavation or survey) archeological collections from Maryland;
- Undertaking regional, thematic or interdisciplinary projects to locate, identify, evaluate and prioritize heritage resources to aid in planning for the protection of these resources during Federal or State emergency response actions;
- Developing preservation elements for local comprehensive growth management plans;
- Developing design guidelines for historic districts and preservation commissions in communities that have historic area zoning ordinances consistent with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Article 66B, Section 8;
- Producing heritage education materials directly related to architectural, archeological or cultural resources, ranging from publications to multimedia presentations;
- Conducting programs specifically designed to engage the public in Maryland archeology, historic preservation and cultural conservation;
- Preparing publications for a scholarly or general audience summarizing the current state of knowledge of Maryland’s architectural, archaeological and cultural history at the statewide and regional level based on research and documentation developed in conjunction with MHT; and
- Conducting resource specific studies that determine the fiscal impact and potential of heritage preservation activities (i.e., preservation plans, feasibility studies and assessments) for properties that are listed in or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
In FY 2019, special priority wills be given to:
Broad-based and comprehensive archaeological or architectural surveys (as opposed to surveys of limited or "development-defined" areas):
- The overarching goal of such projects should be to identify and document previously unknown archaeological sites and architectural resources in a systematic manner.
- Projects in areas where less survey work has been carried out, or where surveys are significantly out-of-date are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as projects that will lead to new or significantly updated historic districts in the National Register of Historic Places.
Projects designed to assess, document, or address the impacts of natural disasters, ongoing natural processes, and/or climate change on threatened resources:
- The overarching goal of such projects should be to assist State Agencies, local governments, nonprofits, and others in efforts to monitor the impacts of changing environmental conditions on known archaeological sites, architectural resources or unsurveyed areas likely to be abundant in historical and cultural resources, to assess those threats, and respond appropriately.
- Priority will be given to work in areas that are poorly surveyed, that are known to have under-documented resource types, or that characterize underrepresented communities.
Projects that undertake in-depth architectural or archaeological study of a specific topic, time period, or theme:
- The overarching goal of such projects should be to develop a viable approach for focusing on a particular archaeological or architectural subject in-depth.
- Projects which explore topics that are poorly documented in MHT site files, or which develop historic contexts, will be strong contenders for grant funding.
All projects must be completed according to the following standards and guidelines:
- Architectural and archaeological research, survey, and documentation projects must be consistent with the Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland or the Standards and Guidelines for Archaeological Investigations in Maryland. These documents are attached below for more information.
- For archaeological investigations that result in the recovery of artifacts, the application must state where and how the artifacts will be conserved and stored. Artifacts must be conserved in a qualified facility, such as the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, according to the Standards and Guidelines, Technical Update No. 1: Collections and Conservation Standards (Revised, July 1, 2005). The document is attached below for more information.
- Personnel performing architectural and archaeological research, survey, and documentation projects must meet the minimum requirements of the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards under 36 CFR 61,
- For projects involving only one resource (i.e., Historic structure reports, preservation/restoration plans, feasibility studies, etc.), that resource must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or determined by the Director of MHT to be eligible for such listing. Visit the National Register of Historic Places or contact Karen Golder.
MHT grant funds must be used for costs directly related to research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological 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 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 ($0.54.5/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.
GrantWatch ID#: 124187
Individual Non-Capital grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $75,000. The maximum Non-Capital grant award is $75,000.
Projects generally should be completed within twenty-four (24) months of the execution date of the grant agreement.
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 dat.state.md.us.
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. The expected approval date for FY 2019 Non-Capital grants is November 1, 2018.
Prospective applicants should plan to attend an upcoming workshop. Workshops will be held in Crownsville on June 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on June 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The workshops will include information about the program and FY 2019 funding priorities, eligible activities and expenses, and applying and reporting online.
To register for one of the workshops, please visit:
For questions, additional information, applications, and copies of the open project selection criteria, contact Karen Golder. Applicants may also write to the Maryland Historical Trust at the Maryland Department of Planning.
It is strongly recommended that the applicant contact MHT staff to discuss the project prior to submission of an application. For assistance in developing a scope of work and budget for the proposal, please contact the MHT staff member responsible for the specific project discipline.
Grant Program Schedule:
- May 2018: Official Announcement of Grant Availability
MHT staff assistance is available for application consultation, project planning, and identifying sources of alternate and matching funding. It is strongly recommended that applicants contact MHT staff prior to submitting an application.
- July 9, 2018: Intention to Apply Form Due
Intention to Apply forms must be completed online on or before 11:59 PM on July 9, 2018. It is understood that data included on the July Intention to Apply submittal may change by the time that a full application is submitted in September.
- October 1, 2018: Full Application Due
Fully completed applications must be completed online on or before 11:59 PM on October 1, 2018. The Application must include the application form and all required attachments, including submission of all support letters. The full application will be released to the online account used to submit the Intent to Apply form.
- October 2018: 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 2018: 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 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.
Professional Qualification Standards:
National Register of Historic Places:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
All other projects:
Maryland Department of Planning
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023