Grant Programs

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 2017, an Impact Report noted $7.78 leveraged by every dollar of state grant funds ($6.78 of which is non-state support — Source – The Economic Impact of Maryland Heritage Areas, FY 2018)



MHAA Grant Opportunity

The FY2023 MHAA Grant Round is now OPEN. 

Do you have a heritage tourism related project in mind for your organization? Perhaps you are planning to restore a historic building, create a new museum exhibit, build a visitor center, develop a walking tour mobile application, or undertake some other project that showcases Maryland’s unique historical, cultural, or natural resources. Will the project take place in a certified heritage area, including the Four Rivers Heritage Area? A Maryland Heritage Areas project grant may be the funding source for you!

MHAA Grant Program Basics

MHAA provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for capital and non-capital projects located within Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas. Non-profit organizations, local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal agencies are all eligible to apply.

Non-capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $50,000 per project, while capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $100,000 per project. Projects seeking less than $5,000 in grant funding are not eligible for MHAA project grants. MHAA requires that both capital and non-capital projects support heritage tourism related activities or infrastructure.

Match Policy

Applicants may propose any combination of cash and in-kind match. This means a project might be matched entirely by volunteer time spent on the project, if that makes sense for the application budget. Read more about this and the entire application process in the Grant Guidelines: MHAAProjectGrantFY23Guidelines Revised 12.16.2021.

Intent to Apply

The first step in the application process is to submit a simple online questionnaire called an “Intent to Apply” form. This form is due on January 28, 2022.

Here in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, our organization has recently adopted a new planning document, an “Updated Priorities Document,” to assist applicants in aligning their projects with heritage area priorities. Read more here.

If you have plans to write an application in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, or any questions about developing your project, please send an email to [email protected]  to schedule a call with Executive Director Carol Benson at your convenience. Thank you!

Writing the Grant Application

Applicants should download and read the Grant Guidelines document. Download the document here: MHAAProjectGrantFY23Guidelines Revised 12.16.2021. An enormous of amount of information is compiled for you on this website: This includes sample blank applications, sample successful applications, forms to be used, and a schedule of webinars.

Applicants should attend a grant webinar led by Andrew Arvizu, staff member of MHAA. The December webinar was recorded, watch it here: 

To read a variety of Four Rivers planning documents to support your application, visit our Partner Resources page.

Applications in the Four Rivers Heritage Area are due on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

When planning an MHAA Application, you MUST e-mail our office to set up a time for a call or zoom to discuss your organization’s prospective plans. Thank you!

The FY2022 Mini-Grant Round is now closed.

The FY2023 Mini-Grant Round will be announced in August, 2022, and applications will be due in early October, 2022.

The Mini-Grants are available for new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events. We encourage Mini-Grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhanced heritage tourism, preservation, and/or the stewardship of historical, cultural, and natural resources.

Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that will be located within the boundaries of the  Heritage Area. The maximum award is $5,000 and applicants must provide a one-to-one match (any combination of Cash or In-Kind).

Is your project eligible? Download the Eligibility Questionnaire here: Four-Rivers-Eligibility-Questionnaire-for-Mini-Grants-FALL-FY2022

Download the Application and Guidelines from our last grant round here: Four-Rivers-FY22 MINI-GRANT-Application and Guidelines-FALL 2021

The grant round is expected to be highly competitive; partial funding awards are likely. To learn more, applicants must send a representative to attend a mandatory workshop (TBA) in September of 2022.

Please call the Executive Director, Carol Benson, in advance of the deadline to discuss your project, at 410-627-6018.

Please contact the office at [email protected] if you have any questions, thanks!

Looking for the LOGOS for your mini-grant project?

Use this link for the MHAA Logo

Use this link for the Four Rivers Logo


Looking to CLOSE a project mini-grant? Read this file FIRST: How to Close a Four Rivers Mini

Download the PROJECT Mini-Grant Final Report Form here: Final-Report-Form-for-Mini-Grants-updated-December 2021-blank

Interested in reading about Past Grants Awarded by MHAA to Organizations in our Heritage Area? Click here.


Additional Funding Sources:

If your project does not fit the criteria for an MHAA Grant, or you are seeking additional matching funds, the MHT has developed this list of additional funding sources to consider for your project: Grants Funding Sources List from MHT