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Grants to Baltimore, Maryland Nonprofits, Local Jurisdictions, and
Agencies to Promote and Preserve Local Heritage Tourism

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions, and government agencies for projects that support local heritage tourism resources, experiences, and infrastructure. An LOI and pre-proposal conference attendance are required before submitting a full application.

Priority will be given to activities that address the specific goals and objectives identified in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan, or in subsequent planning documents created by the Certified Heritage Area, such as a Five-Year Plan or Annual Work Plan.

Funding is designed to assist and encourage the preservation of historical, archeological, natural, and cultural resources and support economic development within certified Baltimore heritage areas.

Non-capital Projects:
The Authority funds non-capital projects that support and create heritage tourism resources and experiences within the 13 Certified Heritage Areas. Non-capital projects often fall into the broad categories of planning, interpretation, programming, digital resources, and research.

Capital projects/Targeted Investment Projects:
MHAA funds capital projects that support and create heritage tourism infrastructure within the 13 Certified Heritage Areas. Broadly, types of capital projects funded include acquisition, development (construction), rehabilitation, and restoration of real properties. MHAA also funds
pre-development planning for capital projects as part of the MHAA Capital Grants program.

For more information on program requirements, see the Guidelines document:

All capital projects must meet the Targeted Investment Project criteria. For more information on this see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185113

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $5,000, and the maximum request is $50,000 for non-capital grant projects.

The minimum grant request is $5,000, and the maximum request is 100,000 for capital grant projects.

Term of Contract:

If awarded, the grant period begins July 11, 2019, and project-related work can begin.

Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment. Grants can be awarded to multiple phases of a larger project, however.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions, as well as state and federal government agencies. Non-profit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.

Eligible activities must take place within the boundaries of a certified heritage area, and be consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan for the heritage area(s) where the grant will take place.

Ineligible expenses and activities -
Project grant funds may not be used to pay for the following:
- Overhead expenses of the project applicant organization;
- Salaries and/or benefits of permanent or temporary staff of the applicant organization, although staff time working on the grant-funded project can be used as a match (cash match if it is the applicant organization’s staff time, or in-kind match if it is a partner organization’s staff time); or
- Marketing expenses (marketing expenses are eligible as a match)

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants are required to attend a grant application workshop. MHAA will be offering workshops in Maryland and webinars that are free of charge. Registration is required.

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grants Workshop in St. Michaels, Maryland
When: January 18, 2019, 1:00 pm
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N Talbot Street
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
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Re-scheduled - Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grants Workshop in Frostburg, Maryland
When: Jan 22, 2019, 10:00 am
City Place in Frostburg
14 S Water Street
Frostburg, Maryland 21532
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FY 2020 MHAA Grant Webinar 2
When: Monday, January 28, 2019, 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Duration: 2 hours
Description: This session is a FY 2020 MHAA Grant Workshop. Come to learn about who can apply for grants, what type of projects we fund, and the basics of how to use the online application system.
To Register:

Watch a recorded version of the FY 2020 webinar:

For the Webinar power point and slides see Supporting Documents.
For more information call or email the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Staff.
For a full list of workshop dates and times:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are advised to always discuss their project with their heritage area director and/or the state heritage area staff prior to submitting the full application.

Grant Schedule:
Intent to Apply Form –
- Due no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2019

Full Application –
- Full applications must be submitted online no later than March 4, 2019
- For Multi-Heritage Area Projects Grants only:
Projects that will occur within two or more Certified Heritage Areas must submit their full application online no later than February 22, 2019.

If you are considering submitting a multi-heritage area grant, you must discuss your project with the heritage area directors in every heritage area where the project will take place. Failure to work with the local heritage areas will result in a project that is not competitive.

Once submitted, you may receive feedback from your local heritage area on ways to improve your application and will be given the opportunity to make changes.

Grant Awards –
- The Authority takes final action on grant awards on July 11, 2019.
- Applicants are notified by email.
- If awarded, grantees should be aware that the first portion of the grant funds will likely not be disbursed until winter or spring of 2020.
- Work that requires preservation easement or compliance approvals will not be permitted to begin until after those approvals are in place.

All grants must be matched by a grantee’s contribution to the project in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match). The grantee’s contribution must consist of cash expenditures equal to at least 75 PERCENT of the grant amount requested from the Authority. No more than 25 PERCENT of the required grantee contribution can be in-kind expenditures.

Applicants planning to apply for capital grant funding should review the full Targeted Investment Policy.

Application format:
- All applications must be submitted online.
- All online grant materials are available here:

Video for tips on how to use your online application:

Contact Information:

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

To start a new MHAA Intent to Apply form:

For Baltimore National Heritage Area contact:
Ms. Danielle Walter Davis, Grants Manager

For guidelines related information:
Jennifer Ruffner, Administrator

For workshop and webinar information:
Ennis Barbery Smith, Assistant Administrator

Maryland Relay for Persons with Speech or Hearing Disabilities (TTY/HCO):

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032
(410) 697-9591

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore