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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Municipalities in
Prince George's County for Projects Related to Tourism

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Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) - Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA)

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Grants to Maryland nonprofits and municipalities in northwest Prince George's County for projects related to tourism. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in a workshop or webinar, and should discuss their project with staff before applying. Funding is intended to support economic growth and assist with the preservation of natural, historical, cultural, and archaeological resources through tourism within heritage areas certified by the Authority.

The Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, a division of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for capital and non-capital projects located within a Maryland Certified Heritage Area (CHA).

Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, sites, events, or facilities.

Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component (i.e. the project involves a visitor destination such as a museum, visitor center, or nature center; helps to provide facilities and services that support heritage tourism, such as rehabilitating a historic building as a Bed & Breakfast, restaurant, or other tourism related retail use or is an event that will help to create a long-term increase in visitation to the Heritage Area).

Currently, the focus on projects are items which highlight the War of 1812 or provide support for tour and wayfinding systems.

Eligible activities must take place within the boundaries of a certified heritage area, and be consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan for the heritage area(s) where the grant will take place.

Priority will be given to activities that address the specific goals and objectives identified in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan, or in subsequent planning documents created by the Certified Heritage Area, such as a Five-Year Plan or Annual Work Plan.

Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment. Grants can be awarded to multiple phases of a larger project, however.

Non-capital Projects: The Authority funds non-capital projects that support and create heritage tourism resources and experiences within the 13 Certified Heritage Areas. Non-capital projects often fall into the broad categories of planning, interpretation, programming, digital resources, and research. Preference is given to new or pilot programs rather than ongoing activities.

For examples of Non-capital Project types please refer to Grant Guidelines.

Capital Projects or Targeted Investment Projects: MHAA funds capital projects that support and create heritage tourism infrastructure within the 13 Certified Heritage Areas. Broadly, types of capital projects funded include acquisition, development (construction), rehabilitation, and restoration of real properties. MHAA also funds pre-development planning for capital projects as part of the MHAA Capital Grants program.

For examples of Capital Project types please refer to Grant Guidelines.

All capital grant projects must qualify as a Targeted Investment Project by meeting the following criteria:

- Fulfill the priorities of the Certified Heritage Area; and leverage investment and facilitate economic development.

In addition, a capital project must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Overlap with existing local, State, or Federal area designations;
- Contribute to broad-based initiatives supported by significant public investment;
- Be a part of a concentration of heritage resources; OR,
- Be a catalyst for future investment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180837

Estimated Size of Grant:

Non-capital Projects: $5,000 - $50,000
Capital Projects / Targeted Investment Projects: $5,000 - $100,000

Please note that the minimum grant request allowable is $5,000. For smaller non-capital projects, ask the local heritage area director about their mini-grant program.

Term of Contract:

All grant funds generally must be expended within no more than 24 months of the date the grant agreement is signed by all parties, unless the Grantor agrees to a longer term or approves in writing an extension of the grant period.

If awarded, the grant period begins July 12, 2018 and all project-related work can begin.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits and municipalities within the borders of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area are eligible to apply.

Applicants can check the heritage areas boundaries by consulting with their local heritage area director or by using a Maryland Historical Trust mapping tool called Medusa. The link to Medusa is found below in Additional Geographic Information.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions, as well as state and federal government agencies. Nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.

Project grant funds may not be used to pay for the following:
- Overhead expenses of the project applicant organization;
- Salaries and/or benefits of permanent or temporary staff of the applicant organization, although staff time working on the grant-funded project can be used as match (cash match if it is the applicant organization’s staff time, or in-kind match if it is a partner organization’s staff time); or
- Marketing expenses (marketing expenses are eligible as match).

The following criteria will be considered by the Authority and the local heritage area management entity in reviewing grant proposals:

- Consistency with Heritage Area Management Plan, five-year plan, and/or annual plan
- Targeted Investment Criteria - Capital Projects only
- Local Heritage Area Management Entity Ranking
- Significance and Need
- Urgency
- Project Design
- Budget
- Match
- Project Management and Capacity
- Deliverables and Impact
- Public Benefit

See Appendix A in Grant Guidelines for more information.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in a workshop or webinar before applying.

Workshops & Webinars for Grantseekers:

Webinar Viewing Workshop
- January 12
- 10am – 12:30pm
- 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
- For those thinking about applying
- Please RSVP to Aaron Marcavitch

Tentative: February 7 for those that submitted a letter of intent

Pre-Application Information:

ATHA Inc. will receive the applications and provide a ranking system for the MHAA for the applications. Currently, special points are awarded for projects that support the Centennial of Airmail, the Year of the Anacostia River, or the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.

Applicants should always discuss their project with their heritage area director and/or the state heritage area staff prior to submitting the full application.

- Applications are first submitted to ATHA. A letter of intent is due in January. Draft applications generally are due sometime between the beginning to middle of March.
- Grants will be due for review by ATHA Inc. by March 7, 2018. Note: Multi-Heritage Area projects must submit by February 23, 2018.
- ATHA Inc.’s review committee then reviews, ranks, and submits applications to the MHAA, generally in early April.
- MHAA staff first review applications for completeness and accuracy and will contact ATHA Inc. or applicants if additional information is required.
- Complete applications are forwarded to the MHAA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review.
- TAC recommendations are then forwarded to the MHAA for review and final action at the Authority’s July meeting
Grant awards are announced on July 12, 2018.

In order to be considered for a grant award, all applicants must complete an Intent to Apply form no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 26, 2018.

The Intent to Apply form must be submitted through the online grant portal.

Completion of an Intent to Apply form is the required first step when applying for an MHAA grant, but does not obligate the applicant to complete a full application.

Applicants are notified by email.

All grants must be matched in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match).

- The match must consist of a cash match equal to at least 75% of the grant award (e.g. if $100,000 of MHAA grant funds is awarded, a minimum of $75,000 of the grantee’s total match must be cash)
- The match must consist of a cash contribution/match equal to at least 75% of the grant amount requested from the Authority.
- No more than 35% of the minimum required cash match may consist of applicant staff salaries.
- The balance of project match may consist of in-kind contributions.
- State of Maryland funds may not be used as match.
- Contact ATHA Inc. staff for possible matching solutions.

MHAA Matching Grant:

Heritage area:

Current value of volunteer time in Maryland:

Historic Preservation Review for State and Federal Projects:

Information for owners of MHT easement properties:

Contact Information:

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

Intent to Apply form:

Aaron Marcavitch

Maryland Heritage Areas Program
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville MD 21032

Jennifer Ruffner

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Northwest Prince George’s County