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2018 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:

09/21/17 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofits and local government agencies for programs that promote and preserve the County's unique history, culture, and natural resources. Applicants must contact the funding source to discuss their projects before submitting an application.

Grants are awarded annually for programs consistent with Heritage Montgomery’s mission:

– 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 services about local heritage
– Implementing, within Montgomery County, the provisions of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

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

Funding Priorities:

Activities in support of the 21st anniversary of Heritage Days in 2018 and Emancipation Day programs and projects specific to HM themes of Rivers, Roads, and Rails (Transportation Trails), Crossroads and Cultures (African American and Quaker Heritage), the Agricultural Reserve (Farms, Markets, and Scenic Byways), and Heritage Gems (Montgomery County’s Past) will be given special consideration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137217

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 - $2,500

Term of Contract:

Applications submitted by September 21, 2017 are for projects to be completed by June 29, 2018, unless an extension has been granted.

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; or
- Be an incorporated municipal government entity located in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Heritage Montgomery Mini Grants cannot fund:

- General operating expenses, such as salaries for staff
- 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:

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

Application Materials for FY18 Mini Grants:

Application materials for FY 2018 Heritage Montgomery Mini Grants are available below. Applications are due by September 21, 2017. After reading the Guidelines, please contact HM to discuss your project prior to beginning your application. Awards will be announced mid-October 2017.


- Monday, Sept. 11, 2017: Optional review of final application by HM staff
- Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017: Application due to HM by 4pm
- Mid-October 2017: Announcement of awards – grant period begins
- Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017: Deadline to contact HM Director to schedule mid-project review
- Thursday, May 10, 2018: Extension request due, if needed
- Friday, June 29, 2018: Grant period ends – project must be complete
- Thursday, July 26, 2018: Final Report due

Applicants are encouraged to participate with free admission in the 21st Heritage Days weekend planned for June 23 and 24, 2018. If you do not plan to participate, please discuss with HM prior to submitting your Mini-Grant application.

Note: 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.

Contact HM Executive Director, Sarah Rogers, at 301.515.0753 or

Submit the application electronically to both, and, or mail completed application and support materials in hard copy and on a recordable CD to Heritage Montgomery, 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown, MD 20876.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County