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Capital Grant Program

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Businesses, Agencies, and Individuals for
the Acquisition, Restoration, and Rehabilitation of Historic Properties

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

LOI Date:

02/01/18

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants starting at $10,000 to Maryland nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and individuals for capital projects that focus on the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties in Maryland. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply by February 1, 2018. Eligible properties are limited to those that are listed in or eligible for the Maryland Register, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district.

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.

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).

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 perpetual preservation easement on the assisted property must be conveyed to MHT. For more information, visit the Easements page.

Please Note: The Program is a capital grant program, which means that only “bricks and mortar” projects are eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182767

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$600,000

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:

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

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

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 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.

Eligibility Specifics - The following are eligible types of applicants:

- Nonprofit organizations (state and federal government entities may apply as nonprofits) and local jurisdictions, as defined in COMAR 34.04.01.03, are eligible to apply for Program funding.
- Private individuals and business entities may also sponsor grants; however, they should be aware that the selection criteria typically favor the selection of projects and properties owned or sponsored by non-profit 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.
- Nonprofit organizations and business entities must be in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved in the grant program. SDAT registration must be complete at the time of grant application or the grant application will be
ruled ineligible. Note: The State Comptroller’s Office will apply any grant award to offset any outstanding State taxes.
- Nonprofit organizations and business entities must provide a letter from the IRS documenting business or charitable status at the time of grant application or the grant application will be ruled ineligible.
- 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

Ineligible projects:

- Acquisition, protection, stabilization, rehabilitation, or restoration 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, as long as you define your phased approach in your 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 your application describes a project 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. Many of these ineligible costs are defined in Exhibit 5.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for Intent to Apply form is extended until February 1, 2018. Deadline for full application is extended to March 15, 2018.

Application Process:

The Intent to Apply will be available in early November; the deadline will be 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The full application will be released in January 2018; the deadline will be 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Only applicants who have submitted an Intent to Apply will be able to submit an application.

The Intent to Apply must be submitted through the online grant application portal. That link can be found in the Contact Information section below.

For Program Guidelines and a Quick Start Guide, which includes instructions for the online grant application, please click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below.

Matching Requirement:

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.

Click here to apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2faccountmanager.aspx%3fSA%3dAM%26sid%3d1777&SA=AM&sid=1777

Contact Charlotte Lake, MHT Capital Grants Administrator, at charlotte.lake@maryland.gov or (410) 697-9559 for guidance prior to submitting an application.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland