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Heritage Tourism Activities in Eligible Locations

Heritage Investment Grant (HIG) Program

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Baltimore Heritage Area Association (BHAA) and Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA)

Deadline Date:

06/01/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations for cultural heritage projects and events that promote local tourism in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support general operations, activities, and programming carried out in the designated heritage area in Baltimore. The Heritage Investment Grant provides funds for non-capital projects.

Eligible projects must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the 2013 Baltimore National Heritage Area Comprehensive Management Plan. See Supporting Documents, below.

The following non-capital project categories are eligible:

  • Capacity-Building Support
  • Operating Support
  • Historic Preservation
  • Collections Care and Conservation
  • Heritage Tourism Events
  • Land, Water, Environmental Conservation (to include archeology)
  • Recreational Projects and Trail Programming
  • Education and Interpretation
  • Marketing and Outreach

For detailed information about project categories, begin on Page 1 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

With the exception of capacity-building, operating support requests, and marketing grant applications, all proposed projects must have a public-facing, outreach component during the project period or a plan to execute once the project is completed (in-person or virtual). The outreach plan/visitor engagement plan must have the goal of attracting visitors to the project, site, collection, or demonstrate value in advancing heritage tourism within Baltimore’s national heritage area’s boundary. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184896

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

September 1, 2022 – September 1, 2024 project period; All funded activities must occur within this project period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this grant program, applicant organizations must meet each of the following criteria:
- Be located within the boundary of the national heritage area (or the program/activity will occur within the boundary of the national heritage area). The map can be found online at Please be sure you are viewing the national state boundary and not the state heritage area boundary, as they are different.
- Be a nonprofit organization (501c3) in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation or local units of government (City of Baltimore) are eligible to apply.
- Be qualified to do business in Maryland.
- Have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.
- If you have an active Heritage Investment Grant project award, you can still apply in this grant cycle. However, if you received an operating grant award in the last two years, you cannot apply for an operating grant award for this cycle.

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the Heritage Investment Grant (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): Federal units of government; organizations that are serving as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors for an organization or program; individuals; and/or organizations that have a history of grant award non-compliance with Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) or currently not in compliance with an active awarded grant.

BNHA non-capital project funds cannot be used to fund staff salaries or benefits, although staff salaries or benefits may be used in the applicant's cash-match portion.

BNHA funds cannot be used for religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; direct fundraising costs or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; capital improvements (facilities); agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; travel outside of the United States and cannot be used for food/catering and/or alcohol.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:
- April 1, 2022 – Application available to public on BNHA’s website.
- June 1, 2022 - Application submission deadline at 11:59 pm EST through online portal (no paper applications accepted)
- June 2022: Panel review period begins
- Mid-July 2022: Grant awards announced
- August 2022: Grant agreements drafted and signed
- September 1, 2022 – September 2024: Grant period; all funded activities must occur during this grant period.

First-time applicants are encouraged to email the Grants Portfolio Manager to discuss their proposed project and to ask any questions on the application process.

All grants must be matched in non-federal cash in an amount at least equal to the grant. If needed, 25% can be contributed as in-kind match.

New Requirement: The federal government is requiring a new Unique Identifier Number (UIN) to replace the DUNS number for all organizations receiving federal funds. This grant program is federally funded. Please include your Unique Identifier Number on your application (required field). If you need help to obtain a Unique Identifier Number, please visit the website for assistance. There is no charge for this number. Once on the site, please look to the right of the screen. It will state: Register Your Entity or Get a Unique Entity ID. Please enter this portal, and it will walk you through the steps to obtain a UIN. (Please note if you do not receive federal funds directly, you do not need to register your organization in – you simply just need to get a Unique Identifier Number).

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Danielle Walter-Davis, Grants Portfolio Manager

Baltimore Heritage Area Association
1524 Hollins St.
Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 878-6411

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