Mini Grants










There is a SMALL amount of funds left to be allocated in the Spring FY 2017 Mini-Grant Opportunity. The deadline is February 10, 2017. Organizations that received a Fall FY17 grant are not eligible to apply.

Four Rivers Eligibility Questionnaire for Mini-Grants SPRING FY17 – Please use this Questionnaire to determine if your organization and project meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the FY17 grant opportunity.

Please note that the Application & Guidelines have been revised from previous years.

DOWNLOAD: Four Rivers Spring Mini-Grant Application and Guidelines (note: this is in the form of a Word Document. Contact the office if you need assistance.) Do NOT use an application from a previous year.

Potential applicants MUST call the office at 410-222-1805 to discuss their potential project, and attend a MANDATORY Mini-Grant workshop on Wednesday, January 25, at 3 p.m., at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater.



Looking to CLOSE a previous mini-grant? Download the Mini-Grant Final Report Form here:  Final Report Form for Mini Grants updated July 2015

New! A few Documentation Guidelines:

  • Invoices must be dated after the grant notification date (i.e., you cannot include funds from a previous phase in either your grant expenditures or your match)
  • If your project includes the AACPS as a partner providing EITHER Cash match or In-Kind match for the project, please include a letter from AACPS (on their letterhead and signed by the appropriate AACPS representative) that states the Cash or In-Kind contribution made to this specific project.
  • Volunteer hours that are included as In-Kind support should be documented with an Excel spreadsheet listing names, dates, and hours (please contact our office for an example if you would like a sample spreadsheet).
Name Date of meeting, etc. Date Date Date Date
Cheryl S. 3 0 2 1 1
Charles S. 0 5 15 0 0
Totals 3 5 17 1 1
Total Volunteer Hours for Project:  27

Contact: Carol Benson, Executive Director, Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401-1930, Phone: 410-222-1805. E-mail:


A complete list of the mini-grants awarded by Four Rivers in past years follows:

FY 2017 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, Inc., for Phase 1: Back Creek Nature Park, improvements to the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek for educational programming
  • Brewer Hill Cemetery Association, Inc., for the People’s Community of Brewer Hill Cemetery, research of community cemetery burials with associated public programs
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Inc., for “Maryland Day Weekend 2017,” managing the Maryland Day Celebration event for 2017
  • Deale Area Historical Society, Inc., for signage and brochures to be placed at the entrance to the Historic Village
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for “Washington’s Resignation Speech: An Historic Document for Maryland,” a new interpretive brochure for the Maryland State House
  • Galesville Heritage Society, for a new brochure for the Galesville Heritage Museum
  • Historic Annapolis, Inc., for “Past to Present, You to Me: Stories that Connect Us” school program and educator workshop for two Annapolis exhibits
  • Make Your Mark Media, Inc. in partnership with History Project of the Property Owners Association of Arundel-on-the-Bay, for Arundel-on-the-Bay History Book and Video, production of a 250 page book and 26 minute video on the history of the community
  • The Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, for “Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World,” educational programs to accompany the upcoming exhibit
  • Town of Highland Beach, for “Highland Beach Historical Properties Passport,” a guide to 31 historical properties in the Town of Highland Beach

FY 2016 Mini Grants:

  • Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc., for marketing strategies which will result in new brochures, rack cards and website updates for the organization
  • City of Annapolis, for “Preservation 50: Strengthening the Local Economy through Historic Preservation,” a series of lecture events showcasing the value of historic preservation to residents and visitors.
  • Lost Towns Project, for “Hands on Archaeology Workshops”
  • Maryland Federation of Art, for promotional materials for “Art in Historic Areas”
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc., for support for “Ride for the Rivers”
  • Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, for promotional materials for the Bates Legacy Educational Community Project
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for a feasibility study for use of the Back Creek Nature Park
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, for “Child’s Play is Timeless,” a series of public programming for children and families.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for a new brochure interpreting the historic Charles Willson Peale painting Washington, Lafayette and Tilghman at Yorktown which hangs in the Maryland State House
  • Hammond –Harwood House Association, for “Outdoor Discovery at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum,” a public program for children and new signage for the garden area
  • Historic Annapolis, Inc., for a planning and visioning session on the best future use of the Sands House, one of the oldest historic homes in Annapolis
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, for the development of video interpretation to be accessible through quick response (QR) codes that will be added to multiple points on the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in downtown Annapolis
  • London Town Foundation, for “Illuminated London Town,” a new public program beginning in December that will bring Historic London Town and Gardens alive at night
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, for their upcoming exhibit “A Single Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building”

FY 2015 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for an interactive application in support of “The Eastport Walking Tour”.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc., for a “Field Guide to Historic Galesville”, a booklet aimed at improving the visitor experience.
  • Captain Avery Museum, for the transcription project “Conversations with the Past: Turning Oral Histories into Searchable Documents”.
  • Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc., for interpretive signage and visitor materials for the Front Door Restoration.
  • Chase Home, Inc., for a “Chase Home Visitor’s Brochure”.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for the free community festival and open house planned for Fall, 2015.
  • Galesville Community Center Organization, for “Hometown Heroes” Community Programs, a series of programs related to the upcoming Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit that will visit Galesville.
  • Historic Annapolis, for the redesign of the interpretive brochure for the William Paca House and Gardens.
  • Lost Towns Project, Inc, for website development for the newly formed non-profit organization.
  • Maryland Federation of Art, for the promotion and materials for “Paint Annapolis 2015”.
  • West Annapolis Heritage Partnership, for two booklets on the historic interpretation of the West Annapolis neighborhood.

FY 2014 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for the continuation of the two week, hands-on, Title I school Waterman Program, “Chesapeake Champions,” where 2nd and 3rd grade students can learn maritime heritage and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • ACT, Inc. (in partnership with the Lost Towns Project) for the creation and implementation of an archaeology-focused community and outreach program entitled, “Archaeology in the Backyard: Discovering the county’s Archaeological Heritage at the Wilson Farmstead” to take place during Maryland Day 2014 celebrations.
  • Captain Avery Museum, for the creation and installation of a new exhibit entitled, “Seasons of a West River Waterman.” The exhibit will consist of 6 panels with large-screen monitors that show related videos for easy viewing.
  • Deale Area Historical Society, for a celebration dedicated to the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration at Tracey’s Landing and the skirmishes at Herring Creek.
  • Galesville Community Center, for for the creation of a “Hometown Heroes History Community Quilt”  that will accompany an exhibit to be displayed at the Community Center.
  • Galesville Heritage Society for the development of a new website that will strengthen GHS’s virtual organization, management, and partnership development.
  • Hammond-Harwood House for the development, upgrade, and re-design of their current website.
  • Historic Annapolis for the development and implementation of a long-range strategic plan to serve as a guide for board and staff over the next five years.
  • London Town Foundation, Inc. to create a series of interpretive and educational signs and educational haversacks that will be placed in the William Brown House. These signs and haversacks will serve to guide and enhance the visitor experience at the site.
  • West Annapolis Business Affiliation, Inc. (WABA) and the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership (WAHP), for the research, design, and construction of a three part project to be debuted on Maryland Day 2014. A lecture will be developed that will focus on the Baltimore-Annapolis Short Line RR, a monograph will be created listing the history of the names of West Annapolis Streets, and a brochure will be developed and distributed that will highlight the walkability of the neighborhood of West Annapolis for visitors.
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper Inc., in support of a new Eco-heritage event to take place in the summer. River Fest will introduce visitors to the ecology, heritage, and beauty of South County in the form of a fun, environmentally friendly festival.

FY 2013 Mini Grants:

  • Anne Arundel County Trust for preservation, Inc., with the Lost Towns Project, for the creation of , “The Traveling Archaeology Experience,”  a portable archaeology display and interactive presentation highlighting discoveries at sites in the heritage area.
  • Annapolis Community Foundation (in partnership with the Annapolis Continental Congress Society), for the shipping of original historical documents and other primary sources exhibited at the three-day, Continental Congress Festival in Annapolis in November 2012, the Society’s inaugural event.
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum (in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools), for support of the organization’s Environmental Literacy Initiative, raising environmental awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime culture by providing hands-on experience and classroom outreach to 6th grade students.
  • Asbury U.M. Church, also in Annapolis, for the research, development, and installation of a public exhibit interpreting the 200-year history of the Asbury U.M. Church’s African American congregation.
  • Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, for the updating of the museum’s brochures reflecting changes made to the museum’s name, mission, vision statement, and its environmentally-friendly “Heritage Eco-Tour.
  • Caritas Society of St. John’s College, in partnership with the Annapolis History Consortium, for the dramatic production, “Annapolis, 1863: Are We Never to Be Free Again?” Support was given for the production that was based on primary sources from Annapolis in the year 1863.
  • Chase Home, Inc. (in partnership with Annapolis Green), in Annapolis, to conduct an energy audit to determine the energy consumption produced by the current operations of the Chase Home as it plans renovations and equipment upgrades for its historic structure.
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, to create, design, print, and install rail markers and an accompanying brochure for the museum’s “Underground Railroad Trail,” interpreting the experiences of runaway slaves during their flights for freedom.
  • Historic Annapolis, to develop and print an interpretation and outreach brochure that will feature information about the organization’s history, mission, programs, and preservation work at various locations around Annapolis.
  • London Town Foundation, Inc. for, “A Greener Approach to Heritage Tourism: Creating a Garden Guide and Plant Identification Signs at Historic London Town and Gardens,” a brochure and plant identification markers for a multi-phase project that will provide self-guided interpretation of the gardens.
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, for support for the program, “Paint Annapolis 2013,” which brings juried, non-juried and student artists to the streets of Annapolis to paint historic buildings, cityscapes and landscapes en plein air (outdoors) over a 3-day period.
  • West Annapolis Business Affiliation, Inc. (WABA) and the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership (WAHP), for the research, design, and construction of a tabletop exhibit that will feature the history of Annapolis Street in West Annapolis as the focus for understanding the history and heritage of this vibrant Annapolis neighborhood.

FY 2012 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Community Foundation, in partnership with Historic Annapolis, to install an exhibit on Annapolis history through hand-sewn tapestries and community quilting events.
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum and Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation for Threads of Change: Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County, a program in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society and Bates Legacy Center, in which students will conduct oral history interviews.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Foundation to replace outdated signage at the Historic Skipjack Stanley Norman in the Annapolis Harbor.
  • Downtown Annapolis Partnership (Main Streets Annapolis Partnership) for the research, design, and printing of an “economic incentives” brochure and a directional/informational map for Annapolis Main Streets Boundary Area.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives for a brochure accompaniment to “The enemy all round us: Annapolis in the War of 1812,” an upcoming exhibit at the Maryland State House.
  • Historic Annapolis for Threads of Time: 45th Anniversary of the Desegregation of Bates High School, a partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, to develop a school program producing a story quilt and public exhibition about this historic event.
  • St. Anne’s School of Annapolis for a school program in which third-grade students will study African-American culture through a field trip to Bates Legacy Center, conducting oral history interviews, and holding a quilt workshop.
  • Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation and Anne Arundel County War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission for Anne Arundel County’s Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Map.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation and the Lost Towns Project for Sewing through Time: The Archaeology of Textiles and Sewing, research development, and installation of an exhibit to be housed at the Historic Annapolis Museum.
  • Galesville Heritage Society for The Story of Stores: How Small Businesses Helped Build Community in Galesville, MD, a new museum exhibit and oral history recordings.
  • London Town Foundation, Inc. for Our Common Threads: Connecting the Heritage of Forgotten Voices at London Town, a program in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to develop a school program examining the Almshouse period of London Town’s history.

 FY 2011 Mini Grants:

  • Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc. for a complete redesign and publication of their website.
  • Maryland Hall for Creative Arts for Paint Annapolis 2011, a three-day event inviting artists to Annapolis to paint Plein Air for three days, followed by a five-week exhibit at Maryland Hall.
  • Londontown Foundation and Historic London Town and Gardens for a poster partner program with two Title 1 elementary schools. Students will create interpretive posters with the help of Historic London Town staff.
  • City of Annapolis and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau for an archaeological display of artifacts discovered during an excavation in the Visitors’ Center parking garden.
  • Historic Annapolis Foundation for The Genteelest Town in North America: Craftsmen of Annapolis’s Golden Age, an exhibit featuring a variety of decorative arts from the 18th century, to be installed at 99 Main and posted on the internet.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc. for a National Register nomination of Batchelor’s Choice Plantation and Servant’s Quarters, an 18th-century historic resource in southern Anne Arundel County.
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum & Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation for Music to Our Ears: The African-American Experience and Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches, Phase 2, an oral-history program conducted by Southern High students, culminating in an exhibit at the Museum.
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum for an orientation video to be shown in the Museum’s Bay Room and on their website.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives for Maryland’s Art Collection: A Treasure of Painting, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, a 36-page interpretive booklet on the state-owned art collection.

 FY 2010 Mini Grants:

  • The Historic Annapolis Foundation for a new exhibit and living history interpreter celebrating the life and legacy of Maryland’s renowned 18th-century printer and publisher, Anne Catharine Green. The exhibit will be located in HistoryQuest in downtown Annapolis.
  • The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, Inc. for a research project on the Crossroads of the Community exhibit, currently housed at the Anne Arundel County Courthouse. Reference materials resulting from this project will be available at the exhibit and online.
  • The City of Annapolis, Annapolis and Anne Arundel Conference and Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Annapolis Partnership, for the installation of a new sign marking the entrance to the Visitor’s Center and West Street at the boundary of the Annapolis Historic District.
  • Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society, for the development and operation of a docent program for the Legacy Center and its exhibits.
  • Historic London Town and Gardens, in collaboration with Anne Arundel County Schools, for an educational outreach program for local fourth-grade students to learn about transatlantic trade during the 18th century. Student work from this program will be permanently displayed at London Town and will be available for viewing online.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, in collaboration with the Sands House, for an archaeological investigation at the Sands House and a public program presenting their results.
  • The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society for a color brochure offering ecological tips and detailing the bio-retention undertaking that will be completed on the grounds of the Captain Salem Avery Museum in Spring 2010.
  • The Annapolis Chamber Players and the Charles Carroll House for a series of chamber music concerts, featuring music from the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • The Annapolis Maritime Museum for its first brochure detailing the maritime experience offered by the expanded museum, including information on the Oysters on the Half-Shell exhibit opening March 2010.
  • The City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission for a reprinting of its informative booklet, Building in the Fourth Century, the Annapolis Historic District Design Manual.

 FY 2009 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum will use Four Rivers funding to support its exhibit entitled “Over The Bridge,” illustrating Eastport’s unique community and its relationship to the waterways that surround it through photography and historic artifacts.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, in partnership with The Lost Towns Archaeology Project, will redesign and upgrade the Lost Towns website with cutting-edge technology, including a “Virtual Archaeology” section, keeping visitors informed of current and past projects.
  • Charles Carroll House will conduct a lecture series entitled, “Charles Carroll – Out of Place in the 21st Century?”, in conjunction with an essay contest for local students.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives will use Four Rivers funding to design and print an interpretive brochure for visitors to the Maryland State House in Annapolis illuminating the building’s historical and architectural significance.
  • Historic Annapolis Foundation, in partnership with the Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, will hold a day-long Black History Month seminar featuring local historians and musical performances.
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation will produce a photographic tribute booklet on the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial for visitors to the Annapolis area.
  • St. John’s College is planning a multimedia initiative, online exhibit, and forum to be held at the Banneker-Douglass Museum on the desegregation of the school entitled “The Magnificent Seven”, and featuring recorded interviews, photographs, and archival material.
  • The United States Lighthouse Society will develop an interpretive plan for exhibits at the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, and at the Annapolis Maritime Museum about the lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark.

 FY 2008 Mini Grants:

  • The Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation/Lost Towns Project, in cooperation with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will use Four Rivers funding to develop a kayak tour entitled “Paddle Through History: A Cultural and Natural History Tour of the Rhode River”.
  • The Annapolis Maritime Museum, in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation/Lost Towns Project, will also develop a kayak tour designed for visitors to explore the Back Creek shoreline.
  • Galesville Heritage Society will create a new color brochure that highlights the many additions to the museum grounds and new items recently added to the museum collection.
  • Historic Annapolis Foundation will update their “Architecture in Annapolis” brochure for heritage tourists and residents alike, that describes each of the styles and periods featured in the HAF Historic Marker Program.
  • The London Town Foundation will revise and update their website ( to encourage visitation to the site and highlight some of Historic London Town and Gardens’ major improvements over the last few years.
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Chesapeake 20 Association, for the development of educational materials, a website, and historic documentation for the Chesapeake 20.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation for development of a virtual historic ship reconstruction and related educational materials at Historic London Town & Gardens.
  • Banneker Douglass Museum and Banneker Douglass Foundation for a technology-based cell phone audio tour of the exhibition “Annapolis: Centuries of Community”, featuring five historic sites and archeology displays around the City of Annapolis.
  • The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation for “I Dig Galesville Roots”, a multi-generational African-American history and genealogy project with the Galesville Community Center Organization.

 FY 2007 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for an oral history project involving workers at McNasby’s Oyster House, a component of a large, interactive exhibit under development.
  • Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, for a development and printing of a new self-guided tour brochure.
  • City of Annapolis, for a walking tour brochure on five archaeological exhibits in preparation for Annapolis 300, and for archaeological monitoring of excavation work related to the restoration of the Southgate Memorial Fountain.
  • Frederick Douglass Summer Home, for development of a photo exhibit, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, on life in Highland Beach.
  • Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, for a new brochure on the Captain Salem Avery House.
  • Deale Area Historical society for exhibit preparation.
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper for development of a professional outreach brochure.

 FY 2006 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Friends Meeting, for informational and educational materials related to the regional history of Quakerism on its 350th anniversary.
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, for research on a public exhibit, “Courthouse on the Circle: Annapolis and the Law”, to be developed and installed in the Museum Room at the Courthouse.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, in conjunction with the Deale Area Historical Society, for an archaeological investigation and public program on the 17th-century Herring Creek house of Samuel Chew.
  • City of Annapolis, for an interpretive sign template for Annapolis 300 historic markers, with one interpretive sign for Carr’s Beach.
  • Galesville Community Center Organization, for development of a website reflecting the heritage of Galesville’s Rosenwald School.
  • Galesville Heritage Society, for development of outside exhibit panels, in conjunction with a larger project funded by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
  • Kneseth Israel Congregation, for historical research and presentation on “The Jewish Experience in Anne Arundel County, Then and Now, 1906-2006”.
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, for an oral history and community education program, “African-American History and Culture of the Parole Community”.
  • Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, with partners Historic London Town & Gardens, Galesville Heritage Museum, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, for a series of collaborative public programs, “Fall Heritage Days in South County”.
  • Shady Side Rural Heritage Society Activities, for Civil War Weekend May 6-7, 2006, on the grounds of the Captain Salem Avery House in Shady Side.

 FY 2005 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for a traveling exhibit of the draketail workboat “Peg Wallace” at the summer’s heritage-related events in South County.
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, for an updated version of the award-winning My Annapolis Adventure: Passport to Discovery children’s booklet.
  • Friends of Discovery Village, for repair and outfitting of former oysterboat “Miss Edith” for educational tours from Parrish Creek in Shady Side.
  • Historic Annapolis Foundation, for an exhibit on health, hygiene, and food in the 18th-century William Paca House.
  • Historic London Town Foundation, for an audio tour and brochure on its growing heritage site.
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, for a resource inventory of local Civil War people, sites, and events for use in educational and heritage tourism programs and products.
  • Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, with partners Annapolis Maritime Museum and Discovery Village, for development of an online version of the award-winning Seasons of a Chesapeake Bay Waterman: An Activity Guide for Teachers.
  • U.S. Lighthouse Society, for architectural design work on Thomas Point Shoal Light, in preparation for public visitation.

 FY 2004 Mini Grants:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for an updated, expanded audio walking tour of historic Eastport.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust, for Preservation, Inc., in support of an archaeological field laboratory and workshop and interpretive signage on the “lost town” of Herrington at Herrington Harbour North.
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, for “Passport to Discovery”, children’s activity booklets.
  • Galesville Heritage Society, for “Heritage Tour,” a walking tour brochure of Galesville.
  • Historic London Town & Gardens, for a “time-lapse” video of the reconstruction of the Lord Mayor’s Tenement.
  • St. John’s College, for a walking tour brochure of its historic campus.
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, for a visitor’s orientation kiosk.
  • Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, for informational materials.