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Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program

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

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

Deadline Date:

04/04/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, business entities, individuals, and agencies for projects to maintain and sustain state assets. Funding is intended for 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

The following capital project types are eligible for assistance. All projects must be capital projects on a property that is eligible for or listed on the Maryland Register. Projects must also have a strong public benefit in order to be competitive:

  • 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)

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

A complete list of eligible and ineligible costs is available in the Guidelines.

All projects funded through this program are subject to MHT review through the easement program and must comply with the Standards of Treatment for Historic Properties (see Supporting Documents).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182767

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:

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 perpetual preservation easement to MHT, and therefore are not expected to rank highly enough for 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.
- The permission of the property owner to undertake the project must be secured in writing and provided as part of the grant application.

A preservation easement on the assisted property must be conveyed to MHT:

Ineligible Expenditures:

Pre-Application Information:

In light of widespread disruptions caused by the pandemic, MHT is extending the deadline for applications for the MHT Capital Grant program from March 23 to April 6.

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.

Matching Requirements:
All applicants except for nonprofit organizations are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar match. For Eligible Matches, see the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

An applicant entity must only submit one application per property; however, each applicant entity may submit separate applications for individual properties.

The application process for FY2020 will not require an Intent to Apply Form.

For questions about the application process or to check program eligibility, please contact Charlotte Lake.

Contact Information:

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

Applicants should note the following for the current MHT Capital Grant round only:
- Letters of property owner consent must be submitted by May 4, 2020 via e-mail to (if not able to be included in the grant application).
- Organizational documents from applicant organizations must be submitted by May 4, 2020 via e-mail to (if not able to be included in the grant application).
- Applications will be considered complete without letters of support.

Charlotte Lake, PhD
Capital Grant and Loan Program Administrator

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

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