MHAA grants for capital and non-capital projects located within a Heritage Area. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component or contribute to research that will directly inform a heritage tourism product.
Non-Capital. Grants are available for non-capital projects, which can include Planning (research, field investigation, data recovery, feasibility and planning studies, design documents and other planning activities that support the heritage area); Interpretation (exhibits, signage, pedestrian wayfinding signage, interpretive brochures, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area); and Programming (seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, festivals).
Capital. Grants are available for capital projects, which can include Acquisition (fee title of real property, interest other than fee title (i.e. easement) of real property); Development (repair or alteration of an existing building, structure or site, new construction for heritage tourism purposes); Rehabilitation (returning a property to a state of utility); Restoration (accurately depicting a property as it appeared at a particular period of time, removal of features from another time period, reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period); and Pre-Development (plans and specifications, fees for architectural design and engineering).
For more information about Project Types, see https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Grants_MHAA_Guidelines.pdf#page=6.
Eligible activities must take place within the boundaries of a Certified Heritage Area, and be consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan for the heritage area(s) where the grant will take place. Applicants will be asked to explain how their project addresses the specific goals and objectives identified in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan, or in subsequent planning documents created by the Certified Heritage Area, such as a Five-Year Plan or Annual Work Plan.
Additional Geographic Information:To check if your project will take place in a Certified Heritage Area, please navigate to MEDUSA, Maryland’s online Cultural Resource Information System here: https://mht.maryland.gov/secure/medusa/.