• Grant & Funding Opportunities

  • FY19 Heritage Area Mini-Grant Program - Rolling Cycle

    Our FY19 mini-grants are now available on a rolling cycle! Weren't able to attend our webinar to learn more? Our recorded webinar is below.

    The Heritage Area’s mini-grant program is designed to provide funding for non-capital projects including innovative exhibits, tours, marketing, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Management Plan including: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should seek to attract cultural heritage tourists to the region. Details about the Management Plan are found on this website under Partner Links. Download the application & guidelines below. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com. Applications will be received, reviewed and awarded on a first come, first serve basis until we have met our funding cap. The final date to receive an application will be March 1, 2019. Please note that projects must be completed by May 15, 2019.

    Please click on the guidelines & application below:

    Need inspiration? Click to view a sample application that was awarded to the Friends of New Germany.

    Past Mini-Grant Awards
    • Discovering Irish Heritage in Garrett County, MD through Dance - $2,000 awarded to the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival for a performance for fourth & fifth grade students of dance characteristics of Irish heritage in Garrett County.
    • Oakland B&O Museum Rack Cards - $543.50 awarded to the Town of Oakland to produce 20,000 rack cards for the museum.
    • Retractable Banners- $295.00 awarded to the Garrett Historical Society to produce three retractable banners for the Historical Society, History Museum and Transportation Museum.
    • Patriotic Banners & Banners and Brackets - $3,100 awarded to the Town of Oakland for two applications to replace hardware and new banners for 24 light poles in historic Oakland. These banners highlight Autumn Glory Festival, B&O Museum and a Patriotic Banner.
    • Aza Stanton Collection Restoration - $,2000 awarded to the Garrett College Foundation for the cleaning, repair and restoration of the late Aza Stanton's gifted art collection.
    • Podcasts Promotion Garrett County Barn Quilts and Heritage - $1077.50 awarded to the Barn Quilt Association of Garrett County to produce two podcasts sharing information about our Barn Quilts and Coal Heritage.
    • End of the Line Bookstore Signage - $165.50 awarded to the non-profit organization End of the Line Bookstore to create and install signage for the bookstore to create awareness to visitors and residents.
    • Garrett County Celtic Festival - $2,000 awarded to the Highland Festival of Garrett County, Inc. for assistance of event elements including advertising, children’s village and performers/demonstrators.
    • Enabling Equipment for Digital Oral History - $476 awarded to the Garrett County Historical Society to film and record oral histories from Garrett County residents.
    • Grantsville Historic Map - $2000.00 for the production of a historical map of Grantsville.
    • Glass Covered Bulletin Board - $600.00 for the purchase of a glass enclosed bulletin board to display event details, classes and schedules and other information for the Artisan Village.
    • Chautauqua 2013– $2000.00 for the Chautauqua Festival in July and a presentation to local middle school and college history student of two historical figures, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 
    • Civil War Days Re-Enactment –$2000.00 for the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Jones-Imboden raid on the B&O Railroad and town of Oakland which occurred during the Civil War.
    • Oakland Historic Walking Tour Guides – $770.00 for the updating and printing of the Historic Oakland Walking Tour brochure.
    • Barn Quilt Project, Tourism Expansion – $2000.00 to develop interpretive signage placed at each barn quilt location.  In addition tour maps and activity books will be updated.
    • Traveling 219 – Heritage Stories – $1200.00 to develop multi-media documentation and historical contexts highlighting the historic, recreational and cultural characteristics found along US Route 219 in Garrett County.
    • Spruce Forest Walking Tour Guides – $675.00 to create a takeaway walking tour card for visitors of the buildings in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village and provide a brief history of each building.
  • FY19 Mini-Grant Webinar
  • FY18 Mini-Grant Grantee Orientation

  • Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Project Grants

    The FY20 grant round will begin in January 2019. Please check back for information.

    Non-profit organizations and governments may apply for matching grants to support capital and non-capital projects located within a Maryland Certified Heritage Area (CHA).  Grants can support heritage tourism-related projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, events, or properties.

    Quick Facts:

    • Capital Project grants up to $100,000 with a 1:1 match (75% cash match minimum and up to 25% in-kind match maximum)

    • Non-Capital Project grants up to $50,000 with a 1:1 match (75% cash match minimum and up to 25% in-kind match maximum)

    For more detailed information, we invite you to visit the MHAA website. Click to download the FY19 Grant guidelines.

    If you would like to review the FY19 MHAA Grantee Orientation Webinar materials, please click here to view the PDF of the presentation.

    Here are important dates to remember:

    • Intent to Apply deadline: 1/27/18 - Click to begin your Intent to Apply

    • Full application deadline: 3/6/18

    For any questions regarding applying for a MHAA grant, please contact Jen Durben at 301-387-5238 or email jen@garrettchamber.com.

  • FY19 Heritage Project Grant Information & Idea Webinar
  • Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program - Now Available!

    Historic Capital Grant Program returns! We’re excited to announce the return of Maryland Historic Trust's Capital Grant Program, which is funded this year for the first time since 2009!

    MHT will be awarding $600,000 in grants for rehabilitation, restoration, acquisition, and pre-development projects at historic properties which are listed on or eligible for the Maryland Register of Historic Properties. Grant awards will be capped at $100,000. Only work, or a discrete phase of work, which is not already underway or completed can be funded; we cannot reimburse projects for work that is already completed. A perpetual preservation easement will be required on all assisted properties.

    The grant application will be a two-step process. Step one is an Intent to Apply form available in early November and due January 11. Step two is a full application form available in January and due February 15. Both must be submitted through our online application system. You must submit an Intent to Apply form in order to submit a full application.

    For more information about the program, please visit our web page, where you can find eligibility information. Guidelines and the Intent to Apply portal will be on the web page in early November. Please contact Charlotte Lake, MHT Capital Grants Administrator, with questions (charlotte.lake@maryland.gov or 410-697-9559).

    We will be holding workshops in four locations across the state: Upper Marlboro (Prince George’s County), Cumberland (Allegany County), Towson (Baltimore County), and Cambridge (Dorchester County). Workshops will cover eligibility, grantee requirements, tips on developing your project, and guidance on filling out the online application. Details of workshop dates and locations are available on our web page. Please RSVP for the workshop you plan to attend by calling Kathy Monday at 410-697-9575.

  • The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) was established by the General Assembly in 2010 to provide capital grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland.  The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC)

    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

    The FY2019 funding round of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) is now open. The application deadline will be 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The application must be submitted through our online grant application portal. For more information or to begin your application, visit the Maryland Historical Trust grants page.

    The Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture are pleased to announce a grant workshop in Thurmont for the FY2019 African American Heritage Preservation Program. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 20th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Thurmont Regional Library (76 East Moser Road, Thurmont). Please register for the workshop by clicking here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3356243

  • FY2017-FY2018 Historic Preservation Loans FY2017-FY2018 Historic Preservation Loans

    The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018 capital loans under the MHT Historic Preservation Loan Program. The purpose of this capital projects program is to assist and encourage efforts to acquire and preserve historic properties. Approximately $600,000 is available to commit to new loans which are expected to close by June 30, 2018.

    Eligible applicants for program funding include non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions. Business entities and individuals may also apply for program loans when seeking funds for a preservation or development project that serves a high public purpose; such applicants must demonstrate an inability to obtain private financing. Eligible projects include acquisition, refinancing, rehabilitation or restoration of historic properties, with loan terms up to twenty years. A perpetual preservation easement must be conveyed to MHT on any assisted property.

    Applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anne Raines, MHT Deputy Director, at (410) 697-9584 or anne.raines@maryland.gov for assistance in determining your project's eligibility and for additional guidance. Copies of the Loan Program Guidelines and Application are available at MHT's loan webpage

    Loan application and loan closing fees are required.

  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits

    Historic Tax Credits: Bringing New Life to Older Communities
    For more than 35 years, the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program has helped revitalize communities by encouraging the flow of private funds to facilitate the rehabilitation of historic buildings. Under the program, the costs of rehabilitation and restoration of certified historic properties are subsidized by transferring HTCs1 from project sponsors to third parties, which may include national banks and federal savings associations (collectively, banks).

    This Insights report describes how this tax credit program operates, outlines the risks and regulatory considerations of participation in the program, and discusses how investments in these tax credit transactions by national banks and federal savings associations (FSA) may be considered under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).