• Casselman
  • Other Grant Resources

  • While this list is not exhaustive, it is an excellent resource for alternative funding opportunities for preservation projects.


  • Rural Business Development Grants

    This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. RBDG funds must be used for projects benefiting rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. Check eligible areas.There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000 to $500,000. There is no cost sharing requirement. Opportunity grants are limited to up to 10 percent of the total RBDG annual funding.

    Applications are due by March 29, 2019. Review the fact sheet for program information or visit: www.rd.usda.gov

  • Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

    The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) is a new Historic Preservation Fund grant program created in fiscal year 2018 that supports the rehabilitation of historic properties and foster economic development of rural communities. This program funds physical preservation projects for historic sites, including architectural and engineering services through subgrants to communities determined rural by the US Bureau of the Census.

    Eligible properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing at the National, State, or local level of significance and located within rural (non-urban) communities with populations less than 50,000. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits will apply for funding that will in turn be subgranted to rural communities in their jurisdictions.

    Applications are due by March 1, 2019. Review the fact sheet for the program or more information may be found at:  go.nps.gov/revitalization.

  • Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program

    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 on February 1, 2019 and due February 15, 2019. Step two is a full application form available March 22, 2019. 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. Please contact Courtney Hotchkiss, MHT Capital Grants Administrator, with questions courtney.hotchkiss@maryland.gov or 410-697-9514.

  • African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP)

    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 FY2020 funding round of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) will be available in spring 2019. The application must be submitted through our online grant application portal. For more information, please visit the AAHPP webpage.

    For assistance in the development of project scope and purpose, contact Chanel Compton, Director at (410) 216-6190.

    Workshops for the FY2020 AAHPP grant round will be held in March or April 2019 and will be posted on this page in spring 2019. The workshops will cover eligibility, grantee requirements, tips on developing your project, and guidance on filling out the new online application.

  • MHT Historic Preservation Loans 

    The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), accepts loan applications at any time provided that the loan amount does not exceed the available uncommitted balance in the loan fund. Prior to submitting an application, you must contact Charlotte Lake (410-697-9559) to determine if loan funding is available and to discuss your project’s eligibility. Interested applicants should also review the loan application, instructions, and program guidelines.

    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.

    Copies of the Loan Program Guidelines and Application are available at MHT's loan webpage.

  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program

    The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. It creates jobs and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. It has leveraged over $89.97 billion in private investment to preserve 43,328 historic properties since 1976. The National Park Service and the Internal Revenue Service administer the program in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices.

    To learn more about this program, click to visit the NPS.gov Technical Preservation Services page.


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  • 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.

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