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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies for Preservation Projects in Eligible Locations

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grant Program

GrantWatch ID# 124187
Agency: State

Funding Source
Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/31/23
LOI Date: 01/31/23
Deadline: 03/01/23 11:59 PM - Deadline for Carroll, Frederick, Washington, and Garrett Counties; 03/06/23 11:59 PM - Deadline for Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Allegany, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Harford, Cecil, Montgomery, Baltimore, Howard, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties and Baltimore City

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for preservation projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended for both non-capital and capital projects that involve the preservation of archaeological, natural, historical, and cultural resources and that promote economic development through heritage tourism within heritage areas. Projects must be in a Certified Heritage Area.

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

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. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
1. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions, as well as state and federal government agencies.
2. Non-profit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program. To check if you are in good standing with the SDAT, please navigate to their website here:
3. Projects must be in a Certified Heritage Area.

Each applicant shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and departmental policies and programs regarding drug-, alcohol-, and smoke-free workplaces, access for people with disabilities and equal opportunity in employment, housing and credit practices, and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, familial status, or physical and/or mental disabilities in any aspect of the grant project.

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:

Project grant funds may not be used to pay for the following:
• Overhead expenses of the project applicant organization, unless they are part of the allowed 10% indirect costs for non-profit, non-capital projects (see page 5);
• Salaries and/or benefits of permanent or temporary staff of the applicant organization, although staff time working on the grant-funded project can be used as match; or
• Marketing expenses (marketing expenses are eligible as match).

Please note, that capital projects, and government entities are not eligible for the inclusion of indirect costs

Pre-Proposal Conference
MHAA staff will host a series of webinars and Q&A sessions to assist you with any questions you may have about the FY 2024 MHAA grant round:

Virtual Webinar (to be recorded)
- Wed, Dec 21 | 10 AM–12 PM | Streamed live on MHAA's YouTube channel:

In-Person Information Session
- Mon, Jan 9 | 1–2 PM | MHT Headquarters: 100 Community Pl Crownsville, MD 21032
To register, click here:

Virtual Q&A Sessions
- Thurs, Jan 19 | 5–6 PM | via Google Meet or dial: ‪(US) +1 240-734-0342 PIN: ‪401 749 765#
- Mon, Jan 23 | 3–4 PM | via Google Meet or dial: ‪(US) +1 574-621-3704 PIN: ‪103 590 765#
- Tue, Jan 31 | 10–11 AM | via Google Meet or dial: ‪(US) +1 929-299-3166 PIN: ‪257 026 949#
- Fri, Feb 10 | 12–1 PM | via Google Meet or dial: ‪(US) +1 862-259-5973 PIN: ‪521 719 217#

Pre-Application Information
Intent to Apply Form
• Due no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2023
Full Application
• Full applications must be submitted online no later than your local heritage area’s deadline date

FY24 Application Deadlines:
- Carroll, Frederick, Washington, and Garrett Counties: Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 11:59pm
- Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Allegany, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Harford, Cecil, Montgomery, Baltimore, Howard, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties and Baltimore City: Monday, March 6, 2023 11:59pm

Once you have submitted your Intent to Apply form, you will see a link to the Full Application on your “My Account” page. After working with your local heritage area, you can submit your full application.

Applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to contact their local heritage areas for more information on these documents and to discuss their projects with their heritage area director prior to submitting the full application (see Appendix C for contact information).

Carroll, Frederick, Washington Counties: Upon receipt of the Intent to Apply (ITA), applicants will be assigned a local grant contact and provided with their contact information. Prior to the March 1 formal application online deadline, applicants are invited to share an advance copy with their contact for feedback by Monday, February 13th, 11:59 pm.

MHAA takes final action on grant awards on July 13, 2023.

All grants must be matched by a grantee’s contribution to the project in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match). For more information about the Matching Fund Requirements, see

Maryland Heritage Areas Program:

Estimated Size of Grant
MHAA Non-Capital projects range from $5,000-$50,000. MHAA Capital projects range from $5,000-$100,000.

Term of Contract
If awarded, the grant period begins July 13, 2023 and project-related work can begin. Work that requires preservation easement, compliance, or archaeology approvals will not be permitted to begin until after those approvals are in place.

Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment. However, grants can be awarded to multiple phases of a larger project.

Contact Information
To begin a new MHAA Intent to Apply form, click here:

Please contact Martha Waldron at, or Andrew Arvizu at with any questions.

Maryland Relay for Persons with Speech or Hearing Disabilities (TTY/HCO): 1-800-735-2258

Ariane M. Hofstedt

Andrew Arvizu
Assistant Administrator

Martha Waldron
Assistant Administrator

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