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Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Mini-Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies
for Historical Tourism Initiatives in Eligible Counties

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Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Conf. Date:

09/11/20

Deadline Date:

10/16/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofits and agencies to implement historical tourism projects in eligible counties. For the current round of funding, organizations may request operating support to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Funding is intended to support innovative events, tours, exhibits, and programs, and to improve existing tourism products. Projects must take place within the borders of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (portions of Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties).

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Mini-Grants fund heritage tourism projects conducted within the boundaries of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Mini-grants assist heritage sites, non-profit organizations and government units within the area to develop new and innovative programs. Grant funded projects should further the goals stated in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Management Plan (http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/stakeholders/management-plan) and the Five-Year Action Plan (https://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/stakeholders/action-plan).

Mini-grants fund non-capital projects. This grant round, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area has also been authorized to apply mini-grant funds to support heritage tourism entities struggling with operating expenses as a result of COVID-19. Those mini-grants for operating support are available to heritage tourism nonprofits.

Mini-grants can go towards a wide variety of projects that enhance the visitor experience in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. These include developing and implementing heritage tours, maps and interpretive brochures, public programs and activities, exhibits, events, websites and apps, marketing, and educational seminars and conferences that encourage or enhance preservation, revitalization, and interpretation of the area’s heritage resources.

Interpretive signs—which explain the history and significance of a site—are suitable for mini-grant funding. All interpretive signage must adhere to NPS or Civil War Trails standards for design.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175010

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

This year only, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will be offering operating support mini-grants (available to nonprofits only) ranging from $500 to $3,000.

Non-capital project mini-grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will also be available.

Term of Contract:

The standard grant period runs for one year, from January to January.

Projects must be completed within one year of grant approval, including submission of the final report. Failure to begin a project within one year of the grant agreement may result in cancellation of the mini-grant award. Projects that require more than one year for implementation may be considered as exceptions to the rule, but the project schedule in the grant proposal must make clear the anticipated project schedule.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profits and local governments proposing projects to occur within the borders of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (portions of Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties) are eligible to apply.

Grants are made only to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and government units, not individuals.

Projects do not have to relate 100% to the Civil War, but should address the heritage visitor experience.

Expenses not covered by mini-grants:
- Administrative or operating costs for an established organization
- Material or labor costs for a bricks-and-mortar preservation project
- Research that will not benefit visitors/residents through heritage tourism products or sites

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will host a grant preparation webinar on September 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM. A recording of the webinar will be made available.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-of-the-civil-war-heritage-area-grants-mini-grants-webinar-tickets-117403375657

This webinar will cover the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area's mini-grant program and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority's project grant program. Workshop participants will learn more about the grant programs, including important deadlines, how to apply, application requirements, and the parameters of the grant programs to help potential applicants determine which program best fits their own project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due October 16, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

Grant notifications will be sent before the end of the end of November, 2020.

The grant award must be matched $1:$1 with at least 75% cash and no more than 25% in-kind matching funds. State funds cannot be used for the match.

Interested applicants may attend a grant workshop (see Pre-Proposal Conference above) or contact HCWHA staff at least two weeks prior to the deadline to discuss the proposed project.

Mini-grants are reimbursable.

Long-term projects (signs, websites) are encouraged but you must demonstrate how you will maintain and sustain them. Mini-grants are usually one-time awards.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/en_us/mini-grant-application

For questions, contact:

Emily Huebner, Assistant Director
emily@heartofthecivilwar.org
(301) 600-4031

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
151 S. East Street
Frederick, MD 21701
info@heartof the civilwar.org

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USA: Maryland: Portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties

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