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Heritage Montgomery (HM) Mini Grants

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies
for Historic and Cultural Preservation and Tourism Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Heritage Montgomery (HM)

Deadline Date:

09/19/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for programs that promote and preserve the County's unique culture, history, and natural resources. Applicants are required to contact the Foundation prior to submitting an application.

Heritage Montgomery Mini Grants are awarded for activities that promote heritage tourism in Montgomery County and are consistent with the mission of Heritage Montgomery:

  •  Enhancing Montgomery County’s appeal to travelers who love history and culture
  •  Encouraging residents and visitors to understand and appreciate the history, culture, and   natural areas of the County
  •  Promoting tourism and economic activity
  •  Fostering preservation and stewardship of historic buildings and sites
  •  Providing and encouraging others to provide interpretive and educational programs and s   services about local heritage
  •  Implementing, within Montgomery County, the provisions of the Maryland Heritage Areas   Authority

Funding Priorities:

Activities in support of the Heritage Days and Emancipation Day programs and projects specific to HM themes of Rivers, Roads, & Rails (Transportation Trails), Crossroads & Cultures (African American & Quaker Heritage), the Agricultural Reserve (Farms, Markets, & Scenic Byways), and Heritage Gems (Montgomery County’s Past) will be given special consideration.

Activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  •  Heritage Days events
  •  Tours/trail development
  •  Educational and interpretive events/programs
  •  Displays and exhibits
  •  Website improvement
  •  Logo and identity development
  •  Interpretive panels and signage
  •  Museum and collection management materials and software

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137217

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $500 to $2,500 are awarded annually.

Term of Contract:

Grant period begins mid-October 2019. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet one of these criteria for the past 24 months:

- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Montgomery County, Maryland
- Be an incorporated municipal government entity located in Montgomery County, Maryland.
- Be located within the boundaries of the Montgomery County heritage area

Heritage Montgomery Mini Grants cannot fund:

- General operating expenses, such as salaries for staff
- Capital expenditures
- Refreshment costs
- Fundraising activities, debt retirement, or political advocacy
- Scholarships or tuition assistance
- Activities for the exclusive benefit of an organization’s members

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than 4pm on Thursday, September 19, 2019.


- Monday, Sept. 9, 2019: Optional review of final application by HM staff
- Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019: Application due to HM by 4pm
- Mid-October 2019: Announcement of awards – grant period begins
- Mid-November 2019: Deadline to contact HM to schedule mid-project review
- Thursday, May 7, 2020: Extension request due, if needed
- Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Grant period ends – project must be complete
-Friday, July 31, 2020: Final Report due

All applicants must contact HM Executive Director, Sarah Rogers, to discuss their projects before submitting a Mini-Grant application.

Applicants are encouraged to participate with free admission in Heritage Days. If you do not plan to participate, please discuss with HM prior to submitting your Mini-Grant application.

Grants require a 100% match, at least 50% of which must be cash.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application to:

-, and

Sarah Rogers, Executive Director

Heritage Montgomery
12535 Milestone Manor Lane
Germantown, MD 20876

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USA: Maryland: Montgomery County

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