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Sep 29 2020

On September 22, there was an online panel discussion entitled, "Race, Unrest, and the Role of Heritage Areas and the Museum Field," organized by the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, in partnership with the Coalition of Heritage Areas and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. If you missed the panel discussion and wish to view it, you can view the recording on the Maryland Milestones/ATHA YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0lo0SpUDwQ&t=16s The panel discussion was planned as a follow-up to an important webinar/discussion that took place during the American Alliance of Museums annual...

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Sep 23 2020

On September 23, 2020, Four Rivers held its FY2021 Mini-Grant Workshop online via Zoom. View the recording here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nA_3KFEl2F8 -- The recording is 46 minutes long. View the PowerPoint Slides here: MIni-Grant Workshop FY2021 (Fall 2020) Visit our Mini-Grants page to download the Application and Guidelines. Applicants who did not attend the zoom session must watch the video recording, thanks -- and best of luck!...

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Sep 09 2020

Our colleague, Ennis Barbery Smith, has shared this recent article she published on the MHT Blog: At its July 2020 meeting, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) made a substantial change to matching fund requirements, eliminating the longstanding 75% cash match requirement for all MHAA grants. Instead, MHAA will accept any combination of cash and in-kind match to fulfill the one-to-one matching requirement going forward. This change means that organizations are permitted to match MHAA grants with primarily volunteer time and donated services and materials, if that form of match makes sense for the proposed project. Importantly, MHAA staff and the local heritage areas hope that this change will...

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Sep 02 2020

Museums across the United States have a few opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for the following grant programs (click on the grant name for more information): Museums for America Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000 Program Overview: The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000 Program Overview: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative...

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Aug 28 2020

Reminder, the following grants through the State of Maryland are still open and accepting applications for eligible nonprofits. Deadlines are coming up soon in September (one closes early next week) so be sure to apply while funds are available! Click on the grant title for more information. Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) Grant Funding Organization: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Deadline: The application portal will close September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM a​​t the latest; the portal may close if and when grant requests exceed available funding. Guidelines: The Maryland Department of Housing...

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Aug 20 2020

The below information was shared with us by the Maryland Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism (OTD), and we wanted to be sure to make our partners aware of these great tools and resources as we all prepare to celebrate International Underground Railroad Month. This September, join Maryland’s commemoration of International Underground Railroad Month and inspire visitors to travel to learn about the Underground Railroad. For all the information and details about how you can participate in International Underground Railroad Month, please visit the Department of Commerce Office of Tourism website. Current visitor research...

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Aug 17 2020

Governor Hogan is allocating $50 million to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) to assist nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and state-of-emergency. Round II of funding is now open and will close August 21 at 12:00pm a​​t the latest; the portal may close if and when grant requests exceed available funding. If you were unable to apply during the first round, you now have another opportunity. ​ The funding will be administered through FOUR funding applications administered as follows by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) or...

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Aug 17 2020

Although we don’t have any in-person events to highlight this week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, here are some educational and informative webinars you’re not going to want to miss. Click the event title for links to each event’s page. Partner Webinars Earth Optimism Panel: Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coast Date: Tuesday, August 18 Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. In this webinar...

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Aug 11 2020

Maryland Department of Commerce recently announced a new grant fund, the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits. These organizations may have been excluded from previous funding opportunities that more specifically targeted 501(c)3 organizations. Please see below for further information. Applications will open on Monday, August 17! Overview To support Maryland’s nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations facing financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have established the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits...

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Aug 05 2020

Museum and historic sites are popular attractions for a destination's overnight visitors interested in learning more about the history and culture of a place, but a post-COVID-19 reality means fewer people will be traveling long distances on vacation or holiday. These circumstances mean that museum professionals are now tasked with finding new, or reengaging familiar, audiences, particularly among locals and day trippers. Taking a look at your social media strategy is an important way to gain exposure to this target audience, while still expanding your reach to future markets. Below...

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