Do you have projects or ideas that involve historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities? Now is the time to plan for the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority FY2024 grant round! The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Management Board encourages non-profits and municipalities to apply for a MHAA grant to help fund heritage-related projects to strengthen heritage tourism and preserve historical, cultural, and natural resources.

In order to be considered for a FY2024 grant award, all applicants must complete an Intent to Apply (ITA) form no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2023. After your ITA is accepted, full applications from the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area will need to be submitted by March 6, 2023. Plan to attend one of the MHAA workshops to learn more.

For more information, visit the MHAA website or download the following documents:


Eligible projects must be submitted by a non-profit or municipality and have a heritage tourism component or contribute to research that will directly inform a heritage tourism product. MHAA grants support both capital and non-capital projects that are heritage related. Non-capital grants can be up to $50,000 and can be used for planning, designing, programming, events, or interpretation. Capital projects can be up to $100,000 and be used for property acquisition, development, rehabilitation, or restoration projects. MHAA requires a full, cash match for each grant dollar. Match can be cash or in-kind service.

More than $5 million in grant funding will be available for heritage tourism and education projects across Maryland’s 13 heritage areas, including the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, which covers most of Dorchester County. Grant guidelines, sample applications, due dates, and the link to begin the required Intent to Apply form which is required will soon be available on the MHAA website.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in learning more about this grant opportunity, MHAA staff will be hosting virtual and in-person information sessions and a series of Q&A sessions throughout the coming months to review the online application process, provide grant writing tips, explain application requirements and more. Here is the schedule:

  • In-Person Information Session: Monday, January 9, from 1-2pm; Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) Headquarters, 100 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland 21032; register here.
  • Virtual Q&A Sessions (via Google Meet, details on the MHAA website): Thursday, January 19, from 5-6pm; Monday, January 23, from 3-4pm; Tuesday, January 31, from 10-11am; and Friday, February 10, from noon-1pm.
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