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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, For-Profits, and
Individuals to Conserve Historic Black American Sites

African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) Grant

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC)

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Deadline Date:

07/01/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, businesses, and individuals for historic preservation capital projects. Funding is intended to preserve sites, buildings, properties, and communities of cultural importance to the Black community. Funds may be used to support acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and predevelopment expenses for properties that are significant to African American culture and heritage.

Construction-related projects are eligible for assistance. Projects must also have a strong public benefit in order to be competitive. Projects may include:

  • Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation / capital improvements
  • New construction
  • Predevelopment costs such as studies, surveys, plans and specifications, and architectural, engineering, or other special services directly related to a capital project

For further information on project eligibility and special property types, including religious properties and cemeteries, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169793

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant awards will range from a suggested minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

December 2024: Deadline for completion of project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- Nonprofits
- Local governments
- Business entities
- Individuals

State and federal government entities are eligible to apply as nonprofits. However, projects involving state and federally owned properties cannot comply with the requirement to convey a preservation easement to MHT and therefore are not expected to rank highly enough for funding.

Work, or a discrete phase of work, that is already underway or completed is not eligible for grant funding.

Examples of ineligible costs include staff salaries, landscaping, legal fees, insurance premiums, appraisal fees, pest treatment, master planning, and feasibility studies.

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Overview Workshops will include discussions about eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria, and more.

Before joining a question & answer workshop it is recommended to have participated in a general overview webinar or have watched a recorded webinar on the website. (See list of Training and Webinars on the URL for Full Text below.)

Overview Workshops will be held as follows:
- 4/7/22 11am Location: 100 Community Place Crownsville MD
- 4/28/22 11am Location: Washington County Free Public Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD

Question and Answer Virtual Workshops:
- 5/5/22 @ 6pm*
- 5/19/22 @11am*
- 6/2/22 @ 6pm*

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Spring 2022: Official announcement of Grant Application availability and workshop schedule.
- July 1, 2022: Grant applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm.
- August 2022 – November 2022: Application Evaluation and Scoring.
- December 2022 Once the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning approves the final funding recommendations, grant awards will be announced.
- December 2022 – January 2023: MHT will provide grant management guidelines to assist successful applicants, schedule an Organizational Meeting, and distribute the Program Grant Manual.
- January – April 2023: Execution of Grant Agreements.
- June 2023: Deed of Preservation Easement or Preservation Agreement for the property, if required, is recorded, or Preservation Agreement signed.
- July 2023: Scope of work reviewed by Easement Committee or Compliance or RFP process begins.
- August-September 2023: Review and approve bidder.
- October 2023- December 2024: Construction work beings, approve payments as work progress,
- December 2024: Deadline for completion of project.

Applicants are strongly recommended to contact MHT and MCAAHC staff before applying to confirm that the project is eligible and to obtain appropriate guidance.

All projects funded through this program are subject to MHT review before project work commences and must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR 68), found at

The property owner must provide written permission to undertake the project and willingness to convey the preservation easement.
- The owner of a property listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places may be required to convey a preservation easement to MHT. Visit for more information.

You must provide a letter of property owner consent, even if the owner and applicant are the same. Without this letter indicating the property owner’s willingness to allow the project and to convey a preservation easement to MHT, your application will not be considered for funding. MHT must be able to confirm that the individual or organization identified in the letter of property owner consent is the correct legal owner of the property or your application will not be considered for funding.

Matching Funds requirement has been ELIMINATED for ALL applicants for the FY2023 grant round per House Bill 1088.

An applicant entity may only submit one application per property; however, each applicant entity may submit separate applications for properties on different parcels.

For related resources, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For assistance in developing project purpose, programming, and advice on site interpretation please contact Chanel Compton, Director of the MCAAHC, at or 410-216-6190.

For assistance with developing technical preservation, construction, and budget components of your project, or with technical questions about the application, please contact Ivy Weeks, MHT Capital Programs Administrator, at or 410-697-9559.

Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place, 3rd Floor
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
(410) 697-9591

Maryland Commission on
African American History and Culture
84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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