• Grant Opportunities

  • FY18 Heritage Area Mini-Grant Applications - Now open!

    The Heritage Area’s mini-grant program is designed to provide funding for 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.

    The FY 2018 Mini-Grant Round is now open! Applications are due August 11, 2017. You may apply online or by downloading the application here.

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

    Heritage Area Mini-Grant Program Information

    The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area seeks to promote and protect the cultural, historic, and natural resources of the region. This is accomplished through technical assistance, coordination and partnerships, funding strategies, and innovative programming.  The Heritage Area’s mini-grant program is designed to provide funding for non-capital  projects including innovative exhibits, tours, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Management Plan which include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should seek to attract cultural heritage tourists to the region. Details about the Management Plan can be found under the News & Partners tab.

    Past Mini-Grant Awards

    • 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.
    • Meshach Browning Trail System Signage - $1,135 awarded to the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club to create and install trail signage depicting the story of famous local hunter, Meshach Browning.
    • 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.
  • FY17 Mini-Grant Grantee Orientation

  • Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Project Grants

    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)

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

    *Please note: The FY18 MHAA Project Grant Intent to Apply deadline has passed. The next available project grant round will begin in early January 2018.


  • Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program

    These funds, available to local governments and non-profit organizations, will assist in the identification and rehabilitation of historic landmarks and archaeological sites throughout Maryland.The Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program has not been funded since fiscal year 2010. The Non-capital Historic Preservation Grant Program has not been funded since fiscal year 2012.

    The Historic Preservation grants will be administered by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. The Trust was formed in 1961 to assist the people of Maryland in identifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting and interpreting the state's significant prehistoric and historic districts, sites, structures, cultural landscapes, heritage areas, cultural objects and artifacts, as well as less tangible human and community traditions. Through research, conservation and education, MHT assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage.

    Online applications for fiscal year 2018 Non-capital and Capital Historic Preservation Grant funding will be available in late spring 2017 on MHT's website, mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml. Application deadlines and workshop dates will also be announced on this page.

    For more information about the Capital Grant Program, please contact Anne Raines at 410-697-9584 or anne.raines@maryland.gov. For information about the Non-capital Grant Program, please contact Heather Barrett at 410-697-9536 or heather.barrett@maryland.gov.

  • 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 FY2018 funding round of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) will open in February 2017. The application deadline will be 11:59 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The application must be submitted through our online grant application portal.

    To begin a new application, click here.

    The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) are pleased to announce workshops regarding grants available through the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) for Fiscal Year 2018.  Several workshops are being offered across the state:

    Anne Arundel County
    Thursday, March 9, 11:30a - 1:30p
    Galesville Community Center
    916 West Benning Road
    Galesville, MD 20765

    Calvert County
    Wednesday, March 29, 11:30a - 1:30p
    Melvin's Place (formerly known as Duke's)
    1155 Hallowing Point Road
    Prince Frederick, MD 20678

    Baltimore City
    Monday, March 20, 11:30a - 1:30p
    Union Baptist Church
    1219 Druid Hill Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21217

    Dorchester County
    Thursday, April 6, 11:30a - 1:30p
    Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center
    4608 Golden Hill Road
    Church Creek, MD 21622

    Washington County
    Wednesday, March 22, 11:30a - 1:30p
    Robert W. Johnson Community Center
    109 W. North Avenue
    Hagerstown MD 21740

    Prince George's County
    Tuesday, April 11, 11:30a - 1:30p
    Oxon Hill Library
    6200 Oxon Hill Road
    Oxon Hill, MD 20745

    Workshop attendees should register online at MHT's African American Heritage Preservation Program webpage.

  • 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).