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Aug 04 2020

Last week, Four Rivers staff attended several outstanding online presentations related to the topics of Diversity and Equity. They were recorded, and are being made available to the public, free of charge. We encourage you to read more about these important programs, and to watch the sessions on YouTube that interest you. US/ICOMOS Webinar, U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites and the World Heritage List (July 30, 2020) The inaugural US/ICOMOS Webinar featured current efforts to preserve, restore, and interpret African American heritage sites associated with the Modern Civil Rights Movement of the...

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Jul 28 2020

We wanted to make our heritage partners aware of a new social media opportunity offered by University of Maryland’s Historic Maryland Newspaper Program in partnership with the Maryland State Archives. About the Campaign Pamela McClanahan of the Historic Maryland Newspaper Program (HMNP) at the University of Maryland Libraries and Maria Day at Maryland State Archives (MSA) are creating a joint social media campaign to highlight historic newspapers in the state. Their focus will be women’s suffrage in commemoration of the centennial of the passing of the 19th amendment. They would like to invite other...

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Jul 24 2020

A new low-interest loan program is available to small businesses throughout Maryland that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits are not eligible for these funds, but since many of our partners and supporters are for-profit enterprises, we wanted to make you aware of this opportunity. MSBDFA Program-COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund: Governor Larry Hogan has designated $5 million to Maryland Commerce’s MSBDFA – or the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority – which promotes the viability and expansion of businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. The new MSBDFA Program - COVID-19 Emergency Relief LoanFund...

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Jul 23 2020

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering up to $40 million of the Governor’s $50 million Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI). The remaining nonprofit funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. Of the $40 million being administered by DHCD, up to $30 million will be for nonprofits whose mission and work is focused on the economic development and economic recovery of Maryland communities as well as those nonprofits that focus on the health and human services and housing of underserved Maryland populations. Applicants from heritage organizations...

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Jul 22 2020

Did you know? The Paycheck Protection Program has resumed accepting applications. Most small businesses and nonprofits are eligible to apply. The new deadline for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Today! PPP Application Webinar Need help with your PPP application? Join the free PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Step-by-Step Live NFIB Webinar on Wednesday, July 22 at 12:00 pm. NFIB’s PPP experts will walk you through a live line-by-line demonstration on filling out the PPP loan forgiveness application followed by Q&A. The webinar will cover how to fill out Form 3508EZ, how...

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Jul 07 2020

Pursuing available funding for your nonprofit is more important than ever! Next Friday, July 17, is the deadline for submitting an Intent to Apply for Maryland Historical Trust's Non-Capital grant program. Please find additional information below, including a link to MHT's website with grant requirements, project eligibility, and a video workshop presentation to help guide you in the application process. FY 2021 Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program Intent to Apply forms are due by 11:59 pm on July 17, 2020. The deadline for completed applications is 11:59 pm on August 28, 2020. Note: the...

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Jul 01 2020

Please find below important information about the Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s COVID-19 Resource Hub. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, is a partnership of 60 national service organizations and federal agencies. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has compiled relevant COVID-19 URLs from its members and other stakeholders. It’s heartening to see so many resources shared so widely. However, that means you will likely encounter some of the same resources as you delve into these links. A wonderful...

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Jun 26 2020

Many of our heritage sites are slowly beginning to open again to the public with new guidelines and safety measures in place. We understand the process can be overwhelming. If you’re still working on your reopening plan, and require further guidance, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) continues to make their recorded AASLH Conversation Series webinars available to both members and nonmembers. We’d like to express our gratitude to AASLH for being a consistent resource during the COVID-19 pandemic closings. Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Guidelines and Procedures for...

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Jun 11 2020

Museums and historic sites have a responsibility to be sensitive to the stories they tell and inclusive in the audiences they engage. Although we know our partners have taken conscious steps to bring greater diversity to their programs and exhibits, we can, and should, always do more. Below are links and information shared from our two of our primary resource providers, American Association for State and Local History and American Alliance of Museums, on how historical and cultural organizations can prioritize the inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized communities. American Association for...

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Jun 10 2020

Sustainability planning is critical to your organization, allowing you to adapt to unforeseen challenges while preserving valuable natural resources. In preparing for your organization's post-pandemic reopening, you also have an opportunity to consider what steps you need to take to become more environmentally sustainable. Mark your calendars now to join these upcoming webinars from the American Alliance of Museums. Click the webinar title to learn more or to register. Looking Ahead: Sustainability Adding Value to Reopening Wednesday, June 24, 12:00 pm There is a climate emergency. Museums have huge roles to play in...

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