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Four Rivers Mini-Grant Program

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and
Municipalities for Heritage-Related Activities

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Four Rivers Heritage Area

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10/02/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and municipalities in eligible areas for heritage-related activities. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory conference before submitting an application. All of the project activity, or the majority of project activity, must take place within the boundaries of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, within eligible areas of Anne Arundel County.

Emergency Operating Mini-Grants

  • NOTE: This year only (FY2021), due to COVID-19, the heritage areas have been authorized by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to allow applicants to use mini-grant funds for operating expenses.
  • Operating costs that are eligible are costs associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency, beginning July 9, 2020 and extending until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency; these are defined as any expenses that allow an organization to continue operations and to safeguard heritage resources during and after the pandemic, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, utilities, insurance, contractor services, rent, and mortgage payments.

Conventional Project Mini-Grants

Four Rivers’ matching Mini–Grants program is designed to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within our borders to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other initiatives that are consistent with the regional themes and activities suggested in the state, county and city approved Management Plan (available on our website,, and the priorities included in the Five-Year Action Plan for FY2013-2018 (also available on the website). The Foundation encourages Mini-Grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhance preservation, the stewardship of historical, cultural and/or natural resources, and heritage tourism.

See the Application and Guidelines document in Supporting Documents for more information.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126051

Estimated Size of Grant:

Conventional Project Mini-Grant: Typical Grant is $2,500; Maximum is $5,000
Emergency Operating Mini-Grant: Can be up to $5,000


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profits and municipalities are eligible to apply, for projects to take place primarily within designated borders. Individuals and for-profit organizations with proposals consistent with these guidelines may apply in partnership with a non-profit heritage organization, with the non-profit as the applicant organization.

Non-profit 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 involved under the grant program.

Mini-grants shall not be used for administrative expenses or capital projects. Staff time paid on an hourly basis is eligible as match only, for that portion of a staff person’s time dedicated solely to a funded project (not to exceed 35% of total required project match; benefits may not be included).

Nondiscrimination: Each applicant shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and policies and programs regarding drug, alcohol, and smoke-free work places, disabled access and equal opportunity for employment, housing, credit practices and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, familial status or physical and/or mental disabilities in any aspect of the grant project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application procedure for BOTH categories of Mini-Grants: Potential applicants must attend or view a mandatory Mini-Grant workshop on September 23 (please check the website and/or call staff for information).

Pre-Application Information:

Digital version of this application (including scanned copies of backup information) are due via e-mail on October 2, 2020 (midnight). Original, with signatures, MUST be mailed to the office within 3 business days.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the heritage area Executive Director, Carol Benson, to discuss potential grant projects at least one week before workshop and before they begin the application.

Mini-Grants are reimbursable: this means that grantee pays for all expenses and is reimbursed by remittal of Mini-Grant award check after completion of project.

Requested grant amount must be fully matched (1:1) and not from state funds.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions and Mail original copies of the application to:
Carol Benson
Executive Director
Four Rivers Heritage Area
Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401-1930
Phone: 410-222-1805

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Four Rivers Heritage Area, within eligible areas of Anne Arundel County.

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