Heritage Partners Receive Mini-Grants

2nd round brings award total to $25,000

Owls visit the nest that is on view from Blackwater Wildlife Refuge’s new Eagle Cam, which was supported with mini-grant funding.

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) Board of Directors has awarded mini-grants totaling nearly $7,500 to four organizations to assist with projects that enrich heritage resources and events in Dorchester County. This second round of HCCHA mini-grants brings the total to $25,000 awarded to non-profit organizations and municipalities this fiscal year.

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 Julie Gilberto-Brady, 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,” Gilberto-Brady 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.”

The Nause-Waiwash used their mini-grant funding for their annual Native American Festival.

Four projects selected for funding in January

The application requests for this round totaled almost double the available funding. The awardees and projects approved at the Jan. 23 HCCHA meeting are:

  • Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation – The loan of a sculpture of Harriet Tubman that will be unveiled at the Day of Resilience 2020 in September and then be on display for 30 days ($1,400)
  • Town of Hurlock – Displays, lighting, signage and shelves for a collection of artifacts from citizens in Hurlock and Dorchester County that will be on exhibit at the Hurlock Train Museum ($2,453)
  • Town of East New Market – Display cases and lighting for artifacts that will be on exhibit at the East New Market Trading Post Museum ($1,500)
  • Spocott Windmill and Village – Educational displays, including brochures and interpretive signage, that provide additional emphasis on the African-American members of the Spocott family ($2,073)

Seven projects selected for funding in August

The awardees who were approved in the first round of funding in August 2019 were:

  • East New Market Heritage Committee – East New Market Heritage Day program at Faith Community Methodist Church ($600)
  • Eastern Shore Hospital Center’s Auxiliary – Turning Numbers into Names, unremembered patients’ cemetery signage ($4,000)
  • Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge – Eagle Camera Installation Project ($4,487)
  • Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance – Chicone Village Day living history interpreters ($1,020)
  • National Outdoor Foundation – 75th National Outdoor Show cookbook and commemorative oyster can ($1,967)
  • Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians – Supplies, entertainment and advertising for the 27th Annual Native American Festival ($5,000)
  • Town of Vienna – Temporary installation of the Capt. John Smith replica shallot at the Nanticoke River Discovery Center ($500)

The mini-grants are made possible through a Maryland Heritage Areas Association Block Grant to the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area. Mini-grant application forms for FY2021 are expected to be available on the Heritage Area web page in June.

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