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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Neighborhood Groups
to Promote the Local Heritage Area and Attract Tourism

Neighborhood Placemaking Grant (NPG)

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Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA)

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and neighborhood or community associations in eligible locations for projects that support heritage tourism. First-time applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to attract visitors to the area and to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods in the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Grant funds may also be used for the creation of interpretive signage.

The goal of the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program is to assist neighborhoods:

  • With enhancing their quality of life through heritage tourism stewardship;
  • Become more visitor-friendly and visitor ready; 
  • Balance community and tourism; 
  • Increase awareness of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and its resources for neighborhoods.

The following non-capital projects or activities within the heritage area boundaries may be assisted:

  • Navigate Your Neighborhood: Festivals, performances, reenactments, and events that promote heritage tourism and attract visitors (virtually or with a COVID contingency plan). Projects that aid in navigating through neighborhoods such as interpretive signage, pedestrian wayfinding signage, interpretive brochures, development of online navigation platforms and apps, walking tours, educational programs, and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area’s neighborhoods. This includes in-person and virtual offerings.
  • Plan Your Neighborhood: Planning and feasibility studies for capital projects, vacant lot development planning, market research, branding and marketing projects, research for content development, and project evaluation surveys.
  • Green Your Neighborhood: Projects that promote neighborhood greening activities, environmental stewardship, cleanliness, beautification, citizen community education, and stewardship.

For more information about the priority areas, see page 1 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184895

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $1,500 to $5,000 with a required match.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed between February 1, 2022, and February 1, 2023 (funds used prior to this date cannot be reimbursed).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations and tax-exempt community/neighborhood associations in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.

If not a nonprofit organization, the applicant organization agrees to be the fiscal agent responsible for the grant award deliverables (formal agreement must be uploaded with the full online application);
- Be qualified to do business in Maryland;
- Have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program;

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the Heritage Placemaking Grant Program (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): Units of government; individuals; organizations that are the primary responsibility of a government agency; organizations that are not in good standing with BNHA and/or not in compliance with previous grants; and organizations not within the state heritage boundary.

BNHA project funds cannot be used to fund staff salaries and/or benefits. Salaries and benefits can be used in the cash-match funds. In addition, funds cannot be used for capital expenditures, overhead expenses, alcohol, religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the United States. Public art projects or façade improvement grants (FIG) will not be eligible for this grant cycle.

Ineligible Match:
- State Funds
- Expenditures made prior to the award of the grant or after the completion of the grant period
- Expenditures that do not relate to the grant project.

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants to Baltimore National Heritage Area are required to contact Kenyona Moore, Interpretation and Outreach Coordinator.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2021, by 5:00 PM.

Awards will be announced by January 15, 2022.

There is a $1 for $1 match requirement. The match can be any amount of cash or in-kind services. Staff salaries can be used for the match, but not the award funds.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Kenyona Moore, Interpretation & Outreach Manager

Lauren Schiszik, Historic Preservation Planner

Shauntee Daniels, Executive Director o
410.878.6411 or 410.919.8414 (cell)

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