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African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) Grant for Capital Projects

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals,
and Agencies to Conserve Historic African American Sites

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC)

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Deadline Date:

07/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, agencies, businesses, and individuals for capital projects and associated expenses. Funding is intended to promote and conserve sites, buildings, and properties throughout the State that are significant to African American culture and heritage.

The African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program (or the "Program") was created as a vehicle to encourage the identification and preservation of buildings, sites, and communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.

Applicants may apply for grants for the following types of projects:

  • Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation/capital improvements
  • New construction
  • Predevelopment costs such as studies, surveys, plans and specifications, and architectural, engineering, or other special services directly related to pre-construction work for a capital project

To be eligible for funding, either the property itself or the proposed use must have associations with African American heritage. Property use must also provide a strong public benefit to be competitive. In addition, special qualifying criteria are outlined below.

  • Grants for religious properties can generally only fund structural or exterior work and cannot fund work on interior worship spaces or elements bearing religious imagery. Eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Cemeteries may be eligible for assistance; the applicant must demonstrate clear property ownership.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169793

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant awards will range from a suggested minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

December 2023: Deadline for completion of project. If a time extension is needed, the grantee must obtain an extension of the grant from MHT before this date or the grant will automatically expire.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The AAHPP provides capital grants to nonprofits (state and federal government entities may apply as nonprofits), local governments, businesses, and individuals for eligible projects.

Work, or a discrete phase of work, that is already underway or completed is not eligible for grant funding.

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

AAHPP General Overview Webinar: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
- This webinar will cover topics including applicant, project, and property eligibility; documentation required for the application; selection criteria, and Q&As.
- To Register:

Proposal-Writing 101 Webinar: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
- In this webinar, you will learn about strategies for approaching grant applications to tell your story.
- To Register:

Registrants will receive a webinar link the day before the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant applications will be due at 11:59 pm on July 1, 2021.
- August 2021 – November 2021: Application Evaluation and Scoring
- December 2021 Once the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning approves the final funding recommendations, grant awards will be announced.
- December 2021 – January 2022 MHT will provide grant management guidelines to assist successful applicants, schedule an Organizational Meeting, and distribute the Program Grant Manual.
- January – April 2022: Execution of Grant Agreements
- June 2022: Deed of Preservation Easement or Preservation Agreement for the property, if required, is recorded, or Preservation Agreement signed.
- December 2023: Deadline for completion of project.
It is strongly recommended that applicants contact MHT and MCAAHC staff before applying to confirm that their project is eligible and to obtain appropriate guidance.

Applicants are strongly recommended to contact MHT and MCAAHC staff before applying to confirm that the project is eligible and to obtain appropriate guidance.

An applicant entity may only submit one application per property; however, each applicant entity may submit separate applications for properties on different parcels.

The permission of the property owner to undertake the project must be secured in writing and provided as part of the grant application.

All applicants except for nonprofit organizations are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar match.

Contact Information:

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

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For assistance in developing project purpose, programming, and advice on site interpretation please contact Chanel Compton, Director of the MCAAHC, at or 410-216-6190.

For assistance with developing technical preservation, construction, and budget components of your project, or with technical questions about the application, please contact Dr. Charlotte Lake, MHT Capital Grant and Loan Programs Administrator, at or 410-697-9559.

Letters of support should be addressed to:
Charlotte Lake, Ph.D.
Capital Grant and Loan Programs Administrator
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place, 3rd Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032

Maryland Commission on
African American History and Culture
84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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