• Heritage Area At a Glance 

  • Mini-Grants

  • Our FY24 Mini-Grant Application Funding Cap has been met. Thank you to all who have applied.

    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. Click to view our Management Plan. Download the application & guidelines below. If you have any questions, please contact Amber Sanders, Heritage Area Director at 301-387-5238 or amber@garrettchamber.com

    Applications will be received, reviewed and awarded on a first come, first served basis until we have met our funding cap. Please contact us if you have questions about applying for a mini-grant.

    Please click on the guidelines & application below:

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

  • Click to View Some Past Mini-Grant Awards Click to View Some 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 - $2,000 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 - $1,077.50 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.



  • This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.
    However, project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

  • Photo Credits: Tim Jacobsen, Bob Carney, Marcia Warnick, Sarah Myers, Crede Calhoun, Higher Focus Studios, Garrett Historical Society, Sarah Duck, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce