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Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Businesses, Agencies, and
Individuals for Projects to Maintain Historical Properties

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

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03/22/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, business entities, individuals, and agencies for projects to maintain and sustain properties throughout the state. Funding is intended to buy new or improve existing sites and properties listed in or eligible for the Maryland Register. Consideration will be given to significant properties imminently endangered by development pressures, erosion, or neglect.

Eligible Projects

Applicants may apply for the following types of capital projects:

  • Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation or restoration
  • 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 (predevelopment costs are only eligible costs for nonprofit organizations and local government applicants)

Applicants should be aware that the selection criteria typically favor the selection of projects and properties owned or sponsored by nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions. In order to be competitive, projects sponsored by private individuals and for-profit business entities must involve a predominantly “public purpose” use, rather than a private benefit.

Eligible expenditures can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 182767

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant awards are expected to range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
- Grant requests should be in an even increment of $1,000

Term of Contract:

Applicants will need to demonstrate ability to complete the project within the two-year window for the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
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
- Local governments
- Business entities
- Individuals

State and federal government entities are eligible to apply as nonprofits. However, projects involving state and federally owned properties cannot comply with the requirement to convey a preservation easement to MHT and therefore are not expected to rank highly enough for funding.

Eligible Properties:
- All properties must be eligible for or listed on the Maryland Register of Historic Properties, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district.
- Structures used for religious purposes are generally eligible for assistance only for exterior and structural work and are reviewed for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Spaces used primarily for religious / worship purposes or elements bearing religious imagery are not eligible for funding.
- The property owner must convey a preservation easement to MHT (for more information, visit
- The property owner must provide written permission to undertake the project and willingness to convey the preservation easement.

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

ineligible expenditures can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a webinar to learn about the application process, conveying an easement, and more! Webinars are free, but you are asked to please register. Registration links can be found in the descriptions below.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:30am –12:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: General Overview
Learn about eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria, and more.
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Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: Application Workshop
This interactive session will use sample application answers to offer tips for approaching your preservation project and grant application. Attendees are encouraged to bring project-specific questions.
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Monday, November 16, 2020 - 10:30am – 12:00pm
Preservation Easement Q&A
Learn about the process involved in conveying a preservation easement to MHT and how the easement fits into grant project timelines. This session is intended primarily as a Q&A webinar for applicants whose properties do not yet have a preservation easement through MHT.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Religious Sites Q&A
Grant projects involving religious sites have special requirements and considerations for eligible work, organizational documents, and approaches to public benefit. MHT grants staff are partnering with representatives from Partners for Sacred Spaces to share tips and resources for enhancing your preservation and history outreach impact. Attendees are encouraged to share their own preservation successes and network at the end of the session.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: General Overview
Learn about eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria, and more.
Register here:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Match Requirements Q&A
Learn about eligible matching funds and requirements for documenting match. Local governments, businesses, and individuals must provide match; non-profit applicants are not required to provide match.
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Pre-Application Information:

The application process for FY2021 will NOT require an Intent to Apply Form. Please submit an application between 2/8/2021 and 3/22/2021.

The application and selection process will follow a prescribed cycle, outlined below. Please be sure to take this schedule into consideration when developing your schedule for the grant application.
- October 2020 Official announcement of Grant availability and workshop schedule.
- November 2020 Grant workshops held state-wide.
- February 8, 2021 Application available on the MHT website.
- March 22, 2021 Grant Application must be submitted ONLINE by 11:59 p.m. Submission must include a completed application and all required attachments.
- May 2021 Award recommendations are considered by the MHT Board of Trustees and forwarded to the Secretary of Planning.
- Late May – early July 2021 Grant award announcements.
- Approximately July 2021 Grant agreements are mailed out by MHT and are then signed by Grantees and returned to MHT. MHT submits grant agreements to the Board of Public Works for approval. MHT will schedule an Organizational Meeting with each grantee and distribute the Manual of Program Requirements (outlining all required steps of the process before funds may be drawn down).
- Approximately June 1, 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.

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.

Apply Online:

Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place, 3rd Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
(410) 697-9591

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