Baltimore Heritage Area Association (BHAA)
06/05/19 11:59 PM EST
Grants of up to $15,000 to Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit organizations for cultural heritage projects that promote tourism. Applicants are required to attend an information session prior to applying. Funding is intended to support non-capital projects and general operations. Eligible activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the 2013 Baltimore National Heritage area Comprehensive Management Plan.
This grant is a source of funding designed to provide small, but strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism projects and organizations within the boundaries of the heritage area.
The following non-capital projects or activities within the BNHA may be assisted:
- Planning - Research, field investigation, data recovery, feasibility and planning studies, design documents, and other planning activities that support the heritage area.
- Interpretation - Interpretive exhibits, interpretive signage, pedestrian way-finding signage, interpretive brochures, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area. Interpretation projects must comply and support the Interpretive Framework for the heritage area as outlined in the 2013 Comprehensive Management Plan.
- Programming - Seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, or festivals within the heritage area.
- Operating - Grants to fund operating expenses of nonprofit organizations operating within the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Organizations are eligible for operating grants in the current cycle if 1) it has been two or more years since their last General Operating award from the Heritage Investment Grant and 2) that they have no other open/active Heritage Investment Grants.
GrantWatch ID#: 184896
Grants may not exceed $15,000.
The grant period is approximately from September 15, 2019 to September 15, 2021. All funded activities must occur during the grant period.
To be eligible for a Heritage Investment Grant, applicant organizations must meet each of the following criteria:
- Be a nonprofit organization in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation,
- Be qualified to do business in Maryland,
- Have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program,
- Be located within the boundary of the heritage area (or the program/activity will happen within the boundary of the Heritage area.)
The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the Heritage Investment:
Grant (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): units of government; organizations that are serving as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors for an organization or program; individuals; organizations that are the primary responsibility of a government agency; organizations that are not in good standing with BNHA and/or not in compliance with previous grants; organizations that currently have an open Heritage Investment Grant with the BNHA.
BNHA non-capital project funds cannot be used to fund staff salaries or benefits.
BNHA funds cannot be used for religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; capital improvements (facilities and equipment); agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the U.S.
First-time applicants are required to attend an information session on the grant process. The information session will be held on May 8, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm at the B&O Railroad Museum.
Please RSVP to Danielle Walter-Davis.
- April 15, 2019 - Applications available for online submission
- June 5, 2019 - Application submission deadline at 11:59 pm EST
- June 2019 - Panel review period begins
- July 1, 2019 - Grant awards announced
- August 2019 – grant agreements drafted and signed - pending federal funds available.
- September 15, 2019 – September 15, 2021 approximate grant period
BNHA uses an online system for the grant process, which you can access once the grant cycle begins.
All grants must be matched in cash in an amount at least equal to the grant. If needed, 25% can be contributed as in-kind match.
All funding requests of $5,000 or less will not require a cash match. The match can be entirely with in kind services (donated time, donated goods etc.)
It is encouraged, but not necessary to have matching funds in-hand, or firmly committed at the time of application.
Grant Disbursements – Two disbursements will be made: 50% of award amount will be disbursed at signing of the grant agreement (and federal funds available) and second disbursement will be made at the completion of the project - reimbursing the grantee.
2013 Baltimore National Heritage area Comprehensive Management Plan:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Danielle Walter-Davis, Grants Administrator
410.878.6411 ext. 5
USA: Maryland: Baltimore