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Heritage Area Mini Grant

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Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA)

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Grants of up to $500 and grants of up to $5,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, museums, and municipalities for tourism-related projects and events in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects and professional development activities that preserve and promote local culture, history, and natural resources or enhance the local economy in Dorchester County.

Mini-Grants help fund projects that enrich heritage resources and/or events in the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area. Projects must be heritage-tourism related. Only non-capital projects are eligible for funding.

Samples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and Documentation
  • Brochures/Marketing
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Interpretation and Education
  • Preservation Planning
  • Events
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Exhibits and Way Finding
  • Natural Resource Projects
  • Professional Development/Conferences

Goals of the Heritage Area:

  • Enhance heritage resources
  • Raise visibility
  • Strive for compatible economic redevelopment
  • Practice stewardship

Project must be consistent with the mission and goals of the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area as shown in the Five-Year Action Plan (see Supporting Documents below). Preference will be given to new and innovative projects, rather than to continuing existing programming.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185119

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Amounts: Between $500 and $5,000 for projects or between $50 and $500 for professional development.

No grant will be made for more than 50 percent of the total project cost.

Term of Contract:

No projects or events will be funded retroactively. All events must occur after date of grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Mini-Grants support the efforts of local museums, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities that advance the mission and goals of the Heritage Area.

Project must be located within the boundaries of the Heritage Area.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mini-Grant Workshop: Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 4 to 5 p.m., online

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Due: On or before August 5, 2022

- Cash and/or in-match required (any combination) with proof that the match is equal to (or greater than) the grant request. No grant will be made for more than 50 percent of the total project cost.
- The match must be from a non-state source.

This is a reimbursement grant.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Contact Holly Gilpin at 410-228-1000 or to discuss projects in advance of completing an application or for any questions.

Address: Holly Gilpin, Director
Dorchester County Tourism
2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, MD 21613

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