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  • Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area
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  • Garrett County, Gateway to the West Garrett County, Gateway to the West

    Garrett County, the westernmost county in Maryland, is a region rich in history, culture and natural resources. The state recognizes its importance and certified it as one of thirteen such areas in Maryland. Explore our heritage and discover why.

  • Heritage Spotlight

    FY19 Heritage Project Information & Idea Webinar

    December 19, 2017 | 2pm - 3pm | Location: Online Webinar

    The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area will be offering a free webinar on Tuesday, December 19th to encourage heritage project development and access to grant funding.

    The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY19 Project Grant program will be open for applications in late January and Garrett County organizations are encouraged to submit projects for funding. The webinar will provide a general overview of the grant program as well as an idea session to inspire creativity in local organizations for projects that may receive grant funds, including: eligibility information, past project examples, and the importance of utilizing our four heritage area themes of transportation, historic recreation, man & nature, and cultural uniqueness in the project submission.

    The MHAA Project Grant program provides funding up to $50,000 for non-capital and $100,000 for capital heritage projects located within the 13 heritage areas. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component or contribute to research that will directly inform a heritage tourism product. 

    To sign up to attend, please complete the form: https://goo.gl/forms/L7pp7Zx01ivSvfrx1

  • FY2018 Mini-Grant Program - Currently accepting applications!

    The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is  accepting applications on a rolling cycle. The mini-grant program is a matching grant up to $2,000.00 designed to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects must seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible.  Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations. 

    Take advantage of this funding opportunity!  Contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com or 301-387-4386 for more information or to find out how your project fits the criteria. Applications will be accepted on a rolling cycle for FY18, and will be awarded first come, first serve after the review of our local grants committee and approval the by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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    Click for more information about the mini-grant program.

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  • Download our FREE Heritage App today!

    Available on Android and Apple devices, visitors and residents can download heritage related tours that takes them on a step by step journey around the county. Search Garrett Heritage Area in the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store to locate and download for FREE. Tours include fall foliage, barn quilts, trails, and our heritage area themes. Directions guide visitors to each stop and are available offline, perfect if your phone drops service.

    Download today to start exploring.