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African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP)

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals
and Agencies to Preserve 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:

07/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local governments, businesses, and individuals for the preservation of sites that are culturally or historically significant to the African American experience. Funding is available for capital projects such as acquisition, new construction, capital improvements, rehabilitation, and predevelopment costs.

The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) was established by the General Assembly in 2010 to provide capital grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC).

Eligible Projects:
The following capital project types are eligible for assistance.  All projects must be related to African American history, culture, or heritage in Maryland.  Projects must also have a strong public benefit in order to be competitive.

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

Eligible Properties:
-Structures used for religious purposes are generally eligible for assistance for exterior work only and are reviewed for eligibility on a case by case basis.  Spaces used primarily for religious purposes or elements bearing religious imagery are not eligible for funding.
-Cemeteries may be eligible for assistance; the applicant must make a compelling case for the significance of the cemetery.
-The permission of the property owner to undertake the project must be secured in writing and provided as part of the grant application.
-If the assisted property is listed in or individually eligible for listing on the National Register, a perpetual preservation easement on the assisted property must be conveyed to MHT (for more information, visit the Easements page).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169793

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards range from a suggested minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

You will need to demonstrate that you will be able to complete the project within the two-year window for the grant.

The application system will not allow you to enter a start date earlier than December 1, 2018 or an end date later than December 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entity types are eligible for this program.  All applicants should be aware that the project must have a demonstrated public benefit in order to be competitive. 
-Nonprofits (state and federal government entities may apply as nonprofits)
-Local governments
-Business entities

Ineligible projects:
-Acquisition, protection, stabilization, preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction work that is already underway or completed. (You may, however, apply for funds for an upcoming phase of a larger, phased rehabilitation project that is already underway.)
- Master planning and feasibility studies. 
- For projects involving historic properties, projects that do not conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR Part 68) are not eligible for funding. Copies of the Standards may be obtained from the National Park Service website. If your application describes a project involving a historic property which does not substantially conform to the Secretary’s Standards, your application will be deemed ineligible and not evaluated for funding.
-Expenditures that are not “capital” expenditures, such as employee salaries, legal fees, educational programming, research which is not directly necessary for the capital project, etc.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops for the FY2019 grant round will be held in March and April 2018; locations and details are shown below. To register for a workshop, please use the link for the workshop of your choice below. The workshops will cover eligibility, grantee requirements, tips on developing your project, and guidance on filling out the online application.

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Historical Society of Baltimore County (Galloway Room)
9811 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, MD
(on-site parking)
Register here:

Thursday, April 19, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Federalsburg Historical Society & Museum
100 Covey Street
Federalsburg, MD
(parking is available at the public lots across the street from the museum on Morris Avenue)
Register here:

Thursday, May 3, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thurmont Regional Library (Community Room)
76 East Moser Road
Thurmont, MD
(on-site parking)
RSVP here:

Pre-Application Information:

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

The application deadline will be 11:59 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2018. The application must be submitted through the online grant application portal.

Emergency grant applications will be considered for eligible projects submitted by eligible applicants for grant funds outside of the annual grant application process to help meet unanticipated or emergency needs. The AAHPP Emergency Grants Policy is available in the left-hand sidebar on this page. Prospective applicants must contact Charlotte Lake, MHT's Capital Grants & Loans Administrator, to obtain a link to the online emergency grant application and application guidelines.

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR 68):

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For assistance in the development of project scope and purpose, contact:

Chanel Compton, Director
(410) 216-6190

For assistance with capital project and technical preservation issues, or for assistance with the online application process, contact:

Charlotte Lake, MHT Capital Grants Administrator
(410) 697-9559

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

Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023

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