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Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area Small Grant Program

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations for heritage preservation projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended to protect natural resources, improve visitor experiences, promote economic development, and enhance the overall quality of life for local residents.

Applicants must be in the state-certified portion of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, which currently includes most unincorporated areas of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. It also includes 20 towns: Betterton, Centreville, Chestertown, Church Hill, Denton, Easton, Federalsburg, 5 Goldsboro, Greensboro, Hillsboro, Millington, Oxford, Preston, Queen Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Sudlersville, and Tilghman.

The following non-capital projects or activities anywhere in the Certified Heritage Area (CHA) are eligible for Small Grant funding: planning; design; the development and presentation of interpretive exhibits, interpretive signage, materials, or other appropriate products to further the educational and recreational objectives of the SCHA; and new or pilot programs that encourage the revitalization of and reinvestment in CHA resources such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, and festivals. 

Eligible activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area Management Plan.

Goals of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area

  • Tell the story of the Chesapeake on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, revealing the subtle ways that the natural world has influenced this region’s history, including our agricultural and maritime heritage.
  • Enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life for residents: Improve the local and regional economies by promoting tourism and fostering related business development. Focus on the small business needs of the tourism industry.
  • Craft an enriching experience for visitors: Foster access to and management of recreational and natural areas and historic sites.
  • Offer access to the Chesapeake Bay: Offer unparalleled recreational opportunities to experience unspoiled nature and the ecological treasure of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidewater tributaries.
  • Protect the beauty and heritage of the region: Protect the way of life for heritage area communities through a balance of preservation, economic development, stewardship, and quality of life.
  • Create partnerships and consensus: Build a consensus among historic preservationists, environmentalists, and local leaders in business, agriculture, government, and education to sustain the character of the heritage area. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130418

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Estimated Size of Grant:

These grants cannot exceed $5,000 each.

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Funds are for FY22 projects, which means that projects or clearly delineated phases of projects starting after July 31, 2021, and completing by the end of September 2022 are eligible. No match or grant funds may be expended before the date of award, currently scheduled for November 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

No capital projects (i.e., “bricks and mortar” renovations, new construction, or purchase of property) can be funded through a Small Grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

October 5, 2021 10 AM Small Grant Workshop

Pre-Application Information:

Small Grant Deadlines:

- September 2021 Application Released
- October 5, 2021 10 AM Small Grant Workshop
- Oct. 29, 2021 Grant application postmark deadline: Applications must be postmarked by this date if mailed.
- Nov. 2021 SCHA Grants Committee ranks grant requests
- Nov. 2021 SCHA Board meeting – approval of Small Grant awards
- Nov. 2021 SCHA mails announcement of Small Grant awards to requestors. Grant expenditures and matches may not begin until award is announced.
- Nov – Dec. 2021 Grant Agreements mailed to grantees
- Winter2021/2022 Initial disbursement of Small Grant payments (50% of grant amount).
- September 1, 2022 Project Completion Date
- November 30, 2022 Final report due. Final payment is not made until the project is complete and final report paperwork

Organizations must demonstrate a dollar-for-dollar cash match to qualify.

Contact Information:

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

All mailed applications must be addressed to:
Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area
P. O; Box 727
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

Phone: 410-778-1460

Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area
Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc.
P. O. Box 727
Chestertown, Maryland 21620-0727

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, which currently includes most unincorporated areas of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties

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