IMG_0878Certified Maryland State Heritage Areas, including the Four Rivers Heritage Area, develop and support programs, products, projects and activities which enhance the visitor experience and encourage heritage tourism. Through grant programs and technical assistance, regional heritage sites and organizations are able to enhance their facilities and upgrade their public offerings. In terms of the measurable impact of this funding, a 2003 financial analysis of the state heritage areas program,“Investing in our Communities,” (available at indicated that every grant dollar invested in the state program generates a total of $4.61 in annual, ongoing, state and local tax revenues.






The Spring Mini-Grant round has been announced! Visit our Mini Grant Page.


The FY2018 MHAA Grant Round has been announced! The Intent to Apply” date is Friday, January 27, and the application is ONLINE at – (use Internet Explorer, Firefox or another browser that is not Chrome). NOTE: Click on the “To begin a new application, Click here” link in the middle of the page to begin an intent to apply form. Once that form is submitted, you will be granted access to the full application. Let us know if something is not working!

Grant Opportunity description: Each year, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority provides dollar-for-dollar matching project grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a certified Maryland heritage areas (which includes the Four Rivers Heritage Area). Grants can support heritage tourism-related projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, events, or properties.

Non-capital projects can include planning and design as well as interpretive projects, such as exhibits, signage, and other materials. Capital projects include acquisition, development, new construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and pre-development costs (such as architectural designs).  MHAA grants can also fund programming, such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, and festivals (must be a pilot program or new programming).

Eligible applicants are local municipalities or non-profit organizations in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.

Award amounts typically range from a maximum $50,000 for non-capital and programming projects and a maximum of $100,000 for capital projects. All grants must be matched in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match). A portion of this match may be with in-kind services, such as volunteer time, donated professional services, and donated materials.

Please plan to attend a grant workshop or webinar! These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about the FY 2018 grant program and the online application. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the program.

Monday, January 9, 201710:00 a.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Wednesday, January 11, 20172:00 p.m. – Workshop in Crownsville – Click to Register

Tuesday, January 17, 20172:00 p.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Remember, you MUST call the heritage area office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your organization’s FY2018 prospective plans as you complete the Intent to Apply Form. Thank you!