Local Heritage Board awards $25,000 to local organizations

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) Board of Directors has awarded mini-grants totaling $25,000 to eight  organizations to assist with projects that enrich heritage resources and events in Dorchester County.

The Heritage Area mini-grants support the efforts of local museums, organizations and municipalities that advance the mission and goals of the Heritage Area, said Amanda Fenstermaker, HCCHA manager. Their projects are heritage-tourism related. Mini-grants are available for up to $5,000 and require a one-to-one match.

“All of the mini-grant projects we fund support the HCCHA goals to preserve Dorchester County’s heritage, to market our heritage to visitors and residents and to improve the economic health of the area,” Fenstermaker said. “We are pleased to be able to promote innovative and creative opportunities with these grants and collaborate with our heritage partners who are making a difference throughout Dorchester County.”

Eight projects selected for funding in August

The application requests far exceeded the amount available for distribution.  The awardees and projects approved at the August 26 HCCHA meeting.

  • Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation – The creation of a documentary film which will chronicle the story of the Harriet Tubman sculpture to Dorchester County ($5,000)
  • Cambridge Main Street– An advertising campaign promoting businesses and events in Downtown Cambridge ($4,500)
  • Choptank Heritage Trail – The installation of pedestrian signage at heritage kiosk throughout Downtown Cambridge ($1,500)
  • Friends of Blackwater – The installation of a telescope and introduction of a “Night Sky” workshop at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge ($5,000)
  • Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center – Marketing, promotions and events to be held at the Museum at the center in Downtown Cambridge throughout 2021-2022 including five Jazz shows and a lantern making workshop ($4,216)
  • Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance – The purchase and installation of a new sign and various site amenities including a picnic table ($856.50)
  • Spocott Windmill and Village – The 50 year inspection of the Spocott Windmill in preparation for the 50th anniversary celebration ($1927.50)
  • Taylors Island-Smithville Heritage Association – An Interpretive Plan for the Taylor’s Island-Smithville Colored School(s) ($2,000)

The mini-grants are made possible through a Maryland Heritage Areas Association Block Grant to the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area. Mini-grants are distributed annually and forms are available at https://visitdorchester.org/heritage-area/resources/.

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