Mini-Grant, MHAA Grant Opportunities

Heritage Area grant opportunities include mini-grants, MHAA awards

Deadlines are approaching for two grant opportunities – for local mini-grants and for Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grants – for nonprofit organizations and municipalities in the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA).

HCCHA is accepting applications for its second round of mini-grants to help fund projects that enrich heritage resources or events in the Heritage Area. These small, matching grants are available to local municipalities and non-profit organizations with​in the HCCHA. The deadline has been extended to Jan. 11, 2019.

MHAA has announced its Intent to Apply deadline for FY2020 grants as Jan. 31, 2019. Final grant applications from nonprofits and governmental organizations in the HCCHA are due March 1, 2019. Several webinars and workshops with information about the application process will be held over the next two months.

Heritage Area Mini Grants

The HCCHA 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. Projects must be heritage-tourism related, and only non-capital projects are eligible for funding. Mini-grants are available for up to $5,000 and require a one-to-one match.

“Past grants have helped fund and support historical research and documentation, brochures and marketing efforts, interpretation and education, preservation planning, events, feasibility studies, exhibits and way finding, and natural resource projects,” Gilberto-Brady said. 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.”

Mini-grant applications can be downloaded from the Dorchester Tourism website (scroll down to the tab labeled “Grants & Mini-Grants”) and are due to the Heritage Area ​Office ​on or before ​Jan. 11, 2019​​.

MHAA Grants

The MHAA grant materials for FY2020 are accessible through the MHAA website. (Resources are available in the left column, and the “Intent to Apply” link is about halfway down in the center of the main text.) The Intent to Apply deadline is Jan. 31, 2019, and final grant applications from nonprofits and governmental organizations in the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) are due March 1, 2019. Click here to download a pdf with the Project Grant Guidelines.

MHAA provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities up to $50,000 for non-capital projects and up to $100,000 for capital projects located within a Certified Heritage Area. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component or contribute to research that will directly inform a heritage tourism product. Eleven HCCHA projects and programs received more than $400,000 in matching grants from the MHAA for FY19.​

For More Information

For more information about applying for MHAA grants, plan to attend one of their webinars or workshops throughout the state. Topics covered will include eligibility, application process, scoring criteria, review process, and grant-writing tips. Potential applicants are encouraged to register online. If they encounter any difficulties registering, they should call Ennis Smith at 410-697-9555. Here is the schedule:

Click here to download a flyer about the workshops. For more information about either MHAA or HCCHA grants, please contact Gilberto-Brady, or 410-228-1000​​.

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