Grant Information

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Capital & Non-Capital Grants

FY18 Grant Awardees:

  • George A. and Carmel D. Aman Memorial Trust, Bostwick House Exterior Envelope Restoration, $87,500
  • Field of Firsts Foundation, Inc., USPS Air Mail Centennial Exhibit, $34,000
  • City of Bowie – Historic Properties, Belair Stable Museum Replacement Interpretive Panels, $9,350


FY19 Grant program

  • Letters of Intent due January 2019
  • Grants will be due for review by ATHA Inc. by March 2019.  

Workshops & Webinars for Grantseekers: None scheduled at this time.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a Maryland Certified Heritage Area (CHA).  Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, sites, events, or facilities.  Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component (i.e. the project involves a visitor destination such as a museum, visitor center, or nature center; helps to provide facilities and services that support heritage tourism, such as rehabilitating a historic building for tourism related  use or is a new event that will help to create a long-term increase in visitation to the Heritage Area). (From MHAA Website)

ATHA Inc. will receive the applications and provide a ranking system for the MHAA for the applications. Currently, special points are awarded for projects that support the Centennial of Airmail, the Year of the Anacostia River, or the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.

  1. Applications are first submitted to ATHA. A letter of intent is due in January. Draft applications generally are due sometime between the beginning to middle of March.
  2. ATHA Inc.’s review committee then reviews, ranks, and submits applications to the MHAA, generally in early April.
  3. MHAA staff first review applications for completeness and accuracy and will contact ATHA Inc. or applicants if additional information is required.
  4. Complete applications are forwarded to the MHAA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review.
  5. TAC recommendations are then forwarded to the MHAA for review and final action at the Authority’s July meeting
  6. Grant awards are announced on July 12, 2018.

All grants must be matched in an amount at least equal to the amount of the grant award (dollar-for-dollar match).

  • The match must consist of a cash match equal to at least 75% of the grant award (e.g. if $100,000 of MHAA grant funds is awarded, a minimum of $75,000 of the grantee’s total match must be cash)
  • No more than 35% of the minimum required cash match may consist of applicant staff salaries.
  • The balance of project match may consist of in-kind contributions.
  • State of Maryland funds may not be used as match.
  • Contact ATHA Inc. staff for possible matching solutions.

Visit the MHAA Matching Grant website at: Guidelines can be specifically downloaded from: