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Apr 27 2020

Following the second round of CARES Act funding, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders. Nonprofits with less than 500 employees are eligible to apply for this federal relief measure. About the Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. You can...

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Apr 27 2020

Four Rivers strives to keep you updated on changes to the assistance programs available to our stakeholders. Here are today's updates: State Arts Council Emergency Grants Update Recognizing that the extraordinary demand for State and Federal resources is resulting in application delays and increased wait times for responses, the Council and the Secretary of Commerce have approved changes to MSAC’s Emergency Grant program. The program now requires applicants to estimate anticipated funding from State and Federal sources but does not require proof of application. In addition, clarity on deadlines and review periods...

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Apr 24 2020

This week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognize and honor the countless individuals who selflessly invest in the lives of others. The time and talents that volunteers contribute to our organizations are beyond invaluable. We wouldn’t  be able to fulfill our missions without them! As examples of our gratitude, here are a few ways some of our volunteers have been celebrated in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.  Thank you to all of our volunteers! Four Rivers Heritage Area To start, Four Rivers thanks our many volunteers who join with us...

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Apr 23 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEC) has announced guidelines for "NEH CARES," an emergency relief funding program for cultural institutions. Guidelines The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit humanities sector is an essential component of America's economic and civic life. NEH has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.  In keeping with Congress's intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. NEH invites applications...

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Apr 22 2020

What is Earth Day? It’s an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to flood the world with hope, optimism and action. This year is particularly significant because Earth Day is marking its 50th anniversary! The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge, but also the vast opportunities, of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Here are some of the ways our local partners and environmental organizations...

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Apr 21 2020

With the support of our local partners and associations, Four Rivers is dedicated to preserving the attractions, locations, cultures, and stories of the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants, both past and present. The confluence of the Chesapeake Bay to the east and the area’s numerous creeks and four rivers—Severn, South, Rhode, and West—defined the area’s natural and man-made landscape and shaped the lives of those who settled along its shores.   Because of the connection between heritage and stewardship, some of our sites make environmental preservation an important focus of their...

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Apr 20 2020

If staying home has left you with some extra time on your hands, maybe now’s the perfect time to undertake that research project you've been pondering for a while.  Every researcher contributes in their own way to deepening the knowledge of our heritage community. Whether you’re exploring your family’s past or delving into local history, here are some online tools and resources that can aid you in your task. Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives has a wide variety of digital resources available for researchers. These resources include digital publications, special collections,...

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Apr 17 2020

Four Rivers strives to preserve and share the attractions, locations, and stories that portray the history of African American Marylanders. Their legacy and struggle have been documented and preserved here in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, allowing for visitors to experience their plight, learn about many important community members, and relive the stories that abound in our county. Even if you can’t visit in person at the moment, a number of important sites, exhibits, and memorials can be visited virtually!    Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center...

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Apr 16 2020

We are pleased to share that the MHAA COVID-19 Emergency Operating Grants for Nonprofits are now open.  The guidelines are below for your reference. Nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within the boundaries of Four Rivers Heritage Area (or the boundaries of any of Maryland's Certified Heritage Areas) that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for Emergency Grants of up to $20,000.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with all applications received by the first of each month considered as a group.  The first deadline...

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Apr 15 2020

Annapolis is famous for its colonial charm and historic houses. At the time of its so-called “Golden Age,” from the late 1750s to 1776, Annapolis was described as the “genteelest town in North America.” To this day, our downtown is home to a greater density of original 18th-century buildings than any other U.S. city, making it a wonder of colonial architecture. Many of these homes are available for tours, including the mansions of three signers of the Declaration of Independence - Samuel Chase, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and William Paca.   Although...

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