Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)
03/22/19 11:59 PM
Grants starting at $10,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, businesses, and individuals for capital projects involving historic properties throughout the State. Applicants are required to submit an Intent to Apply prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of properties that are listed in or are eligible for the Maryland Register of Historic Properties, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district.
Projects must have a demonstrated public benefit in order to be competitive. Only construction-related projects are eligible through the Maryland Historical Trust Capital Grant Program.
Predevelopment costs such as studies, surveys, plans and specifications, and architectural, engineering, or other special services directly related to a capital project are eligible for this grant program. (These are only eligible costs for nonprofit organizations and local government applicants.)
All projects funded through this program are subject to MHT review through the easement program and must comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR 68 - see
For additional information about eligible projects, see https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Capital-Grant-Guidelines-FY19-final.pdf#page=7.
For Selection Criteria, see https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Capital-Grant-Guidelines-FY19-final.pdf#page=26.
GrantWatch ID#: 182767
Individual grant awards will range from a suggested minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.
You will need to demonstrate that you will be able to complete the project within the two-year window for the grant.
Approximately June 1, 2021: 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.
The following entity types are eligible for this program:
- Local governments
- Business entities
State and federal government agencies 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.
- 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 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.
- A perpetual preservation easement on the assisted property must be conveyed to MHT. (For more information, see https://mht.maryland.gov/easement.shtml.) 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 application does not identify the correct legal owner for the property, or if the legal owner of the property has not provided the required letter by the grant application deadline, your application will be deemed ineligible and not evaluated for funding. (If the legal owner of the property cannot be determined, the applicant should contact Courtney Hotchkiss at MHT for guidance.
- Acquisition, protection, stabilization, rehabilitation, or restoration work that is already underway or completed. (Applicants may, however, apply for funds for an upcoming phase of a larger, phased rehabilitation project that is already underway, as long as they define their phased approach in the application.)
- Master planning and feasibility studies.
- 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: http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/rehabilitation/rehab/stand.htm If the application describes a project which does not substantially conform to the Secretary’s Standards, it 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..
For a full list of ineligible expenditures, see https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Capital-Grant-Guidelines-FY19-final.pdf#page=24.
- February 15, 2019 Intent to Apply must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m.. (A link to the intent to apply will be made available on the main grants page on February 1, 2019.) Once the Trust has reviewed your intent to apply, you will receive an email link inviting you to submit a full application.
- March 22, 2019 Full Grant Application must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Submission must include a completed application and all required attachments.
- February through mid-May 2019 Application evaluation and scoring is conducted by MHT staff. Award recommendations are forwarded by the MHT Board of Trustees and to the Secretary of Planning.
- Late May – early June 2019 Grant award announcements.
- Beginning May 2019 Grant agreements are mailed out by MHT, and are then signed by Grantees and returned to MHT.
- Approximately June 1, 2021 Deadline for completion of project.
An applicant entity must only submit one application per property; however, each applicant entity may submit separate applications for individual properties.
Match Requirement: All Grant recipients, except for non-profit organizations, are required to match the grant dollar-for-dollar in cash and/or an equivalent dollar value of in-kind services. In general, the presence of matching funds improves the chances of a project being awarded grant funds. Although non-profit organizations are exempt from matching requirements, strong cash and/or in-kind commitment is recommended and will enhance the competitiveness of the application.
Workshop Video: https://youtu.be/PvdbRTk8To4
Application information: https://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://www.grantrequest.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2faccountmanager.aspx%3fSA%3dAM%26sid%3d1777&SA=AM&sid=1777
For questions, please contact:
Courtney Hotchkiss, MHT Capital Grants Administrator
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place, 3rd Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023