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Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County offers an extraordinary wealth of historic, cultural, and natural resources to visitors and residents alike. Experience a place where heritage is protected and shared, and where the traditions of the land and the water continue to shape our lives.

“Most visitors don’t want ‘cookie-cutter’ experiences. They seek out unique, authentic, and immersive experiences that reveal something new. Come see all the amazing sights and sounds that our area has to offer.”
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July 8, 201622 days ago

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Announces Grant Awards of $310,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

The Hogan Administration and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) today announced  matching grants totaling more than $2.69 million to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, historic preservation, natural resources, cultural and educational organizations for projects involving historic preservation, natural resource protection, and educational programs in 13 designated Heritage Areas. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation in 21 counties and the city of Baltimore. Download the full Press Release here.

Grants to projects in Annapolis, London Town and South County (Four Rivers) Heritage Area, Anne Arundel County include:

  • Capital grant to Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater) for “Sellman House Rehabilitation for Visitor Orientation Center,” $80,000.
  • Capital grant to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Inc. (Annapolis) for “Improved Public Access for the Arts — Exterior Doors and Entranceways,” $80,000.
  • Non-Capital grant to Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis), for “Exhibit entitled ‘White Gold: Fishing and Farming the Maryland Oyster’,” $25,000.
  • Marketing Grant to Four Rivers Heritage Area, in partnership with Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, $25,000.

In addition, Four Rivers received a Management grant for $100,000, making a total of $310,000 in MHAA funding to the Four Rivers Heritage Area for FY17, for projects totaling $1.8 million. The Management grant to the Four Rivers Heritage Area supports activities such as the annual mini-grants program, the annual heritage awards, regional interpreter training, networking meetings for site directors and managers, educational workshops, online resources, and new collaborative initiatives.

Congratulations to the recipients of the FY17 grants!

It’s not too early to begin planning for the FY18 MHAA grants. Applications and instructions are released in January with an “Intent to Apply” form due in late January and a local due date of late February. Plan to attend one of several Grants Workshops that will take place in Spring 2017. For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson, at 410-222-1805.