Certified 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 www.mht.maryland.gov) 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 FY2018 MHAA Grant Round is underway; there are no new applications being accepted.
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.
When planning an MHAA Application, you MUST call the heritage area office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your organization’s prospective plans. Thank you!