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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies for
Cultural Heritage Projects that Attract Tourists

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Garrett County Chamber of Commerce - Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area

Deadline Date:

11/30/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions in eligible regions for projects that attract tourists to the Maryland certified heritage area. Funding is intended to support marketing, exhibits, tours, projects, and planning that build on interpretive themes identified in the Management Plan including: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should attract cultural heritage tourists to the borders of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, located in Garrett County.

Examples of eligible projects include: Exhibits, signage, podcasts, heritage-related publications, events, heritage tourism-related website development. Heritage tourism-related educational programs for K-12 students, home-schooled students, and/or after-school educational programs, and all-age educational seminars, workshops, and conferences that encourage or enhance preservation, revitalization, and interpretation of the area’s natural, cultural and historic resources are also eligible. Some marketing expenses are eligible to be funded through mini-grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146971

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must not begin before the grant award is announced. Projects must be completed by May 15, 2021. If you cannot meet the completion date, please contact the funding source to discuss your project timeline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the borders of the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area are eligible to apply. (To verify geographic eligibility, see link to the map indicated in Grant Coverage Areas below.)

Project location within a Target Investment Zone is not required, but applicants in these zones earn an extra point through the process.

Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the requirements may apply in partnership with nonprofit organizations.

Mini-grants shall not be used for administrative expenses or capital projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Latest Date Applications may be submitted by Monday, Nov 30 by 4:00 pm.

Applications will be received, reviewed, and awarded based on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funding cap has been met. Completed applications must be received via email or hard copy.

Mini-grant awards will be announced after the following Chamber board review and approval at their monthly meeting.

Applicants must match the grant request at least dollar for dollar. In-kind match is not accepted. Applicant must certify that 100% of the match is cash on-hand at the time of request or have demonstrated approval by funder. Documentation is required (i.e., bank statement, letter of commitment).

Fifty percent (50%) of the award will be disbursed upon receipt of signed grant agreement. The remaining fifty percent (50%) will be disbursed after receipt of an acceptable and complete final report.

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

Applications may be mailed or emailed to:

Kim Folk, Heritage Area & Groups Director
Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
15 Visitors Center Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
301.387.5238 - Direct

For questions, please call 301-387-4386.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a Maryland certified heritage area located in Garrett County

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