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Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA) Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Project Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Areas for Preservation and Economic Development

Agency Type:

Local

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA)

Conf. Date:

01/28/21

LOI Date:

01/29/21

Deadline Date:

03/01/21

Description:

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Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local, state, and federal agencies in eligible areas to support local preservation and economic development. Applicants must contact staff and submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Grants are available for capital and non-capital projects in the Civil War Heritage Area, which covers portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties.

Non-capital projects include:

  • Planning: Research, field investigation, data recovery, feasibility and planning studies, design documents and other planning activities that support the heritage area
  • Interpretation: Exhibits, signage, pedestrian wayfinding signage, interpretive brochures, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area
  • Programming: Seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, festivals

Capital projects include:

  • Acquisition: Fee title of real property, interest other than fee title (i.e. easement) of real property
  • Development: Repair or alteration of an existing building, structure or site, new construction for heritage tourism purposes
  • Rehabilitation: Returning a property to a state of utility
  • Restoration: Accurately depicting a property as it appeared at a particular period of time, removal of features from another time period, reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period
  • Pre-Development: Plans and specifications, fees for architectural design and engineering

Priority will be given to activities that address the specific goals and objectives identified in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan, or in subsequent planning documents created by the Certified Heritage Area, such as a Five-Year Plan or Annual Work Plan.

Eligible projects and activities can be found starting at https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Grants_MHAA_Guidelines.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185120

Estimated Size of Grant:

Non-capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $50,000 per project, while capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $100,000 per project. Projects seeking less than $5,000 in grant funding are not eligible for MHAA project grants.

Term of Contract:

Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment. Grants can be awarded to multiple phases of a larger project, however.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions, as well as state and federal government agencies. Non-profit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.

Indirect expenses and activities can be found at https://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Grants_MHAA_Guidelines.pdf#page=6.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Learn more about the opportunity by attending a live webinar, watching a recording of a webinar, or calling into MHAA staff’s virtual “office hours” to talk about your project.

Live Webinar: January 7, 2021, 10:00 am
- Join at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EdYZ-tkS9o&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MDHeritageAreasProgram

Virtual “Office Hours”
Log in or call in anytime during these time slots to talk with MHAA staff.
Ask questions and get feedback on your project details
- Wednesday, January 13: (Special session for capital projects with easements and compliance staff): 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
- Saturday, January 16: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
- Thursday, January 21: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 26: (Special session for capital projects with easements and compliance staff): 10:00 am to 11:30 am
- Thursday, January 28: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Join the video calls at https://meet.google.com/cjs-xuoe-wpa
- OR call in via phone: 1-631-621-7642 PIN: 305 862 724#

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule
- January 29, 2021: Intent to Apply deadline due no later than 11:59 pm
- February 12, 2021: Deadline to submit a draft to your local grant contact for review (optional)
- March 1, 2021: Application deadline
- The Authority takes final action on grant awards on July 8, 2021. Applicants are notified by email.

MHAA provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for capital and non-capital projects located within Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas. Applicants may propose any combination of cash and in-kind match. This means a project might be matched entirely by volunteer time spent on the project, if that makes sense for the application budget.

View December 15 Webinar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqEY-E1NxFQ&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MDHeritageAreasProgram

More information:
https://mht.maryland.gov/heritageareas_partners.shtml

Contact Information:

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

Online LOI and Application:
https://www.grantrequest.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fapplication.aspx%3fSA%3dSNA%26FID%3d35166%26sid%3d1777&SA=SNA&FID=35166&sid=1777

Have online application questions?
Contact Emily Huebner, Assistant Director: emily@heartofthecivilwar.org or 240.608.5177

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USA: Maryland: The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area covers portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties.

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