Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Capital & Non-Capital Grants
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.
- A letter of intent is due in January through the Maryland Historical Trust online grants portal. Draft applications generally are due in early April.
- ATHA Inc.’s review committee then reviews, ranks, and submits applications to the MHAA, generally in early May.
- MHAA staff first review applications for completeness and accuracy and will contact ATHA Inc. or applicants if additional information is required.
- Complete applications are forwarded to the MHAA Grant Review Panel for review.
- TAC recommendations are then forwarded to the MHAA for review and final action at the Authority’s July meeting
- Grant awards are announced on July 2020.
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: http://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml Guidelines can be specifically downloaded from: http://mht.maryland.gov/documents/PDF/grants/Grants_MHAA_Guidelines.pdf
FY20 Grant Awardees:
- Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Boundary Amendment Study – $40,000
- City of Bowie, 10th Street Heritage Park – $74,660
- Friends of Greenbelt Theatre – Film Center & Media Arts Lab – $75,000
- RESERVE – Town of University Park, Meadow Trail – $47,000
- RESERVE – Compass Inc, Arts Center Roof Repair – $50,000
- ATHA Managment Grants – $125,000
FY19 Grant Awardees:
- Anacostia Trails Heritage Area & Prince George’s County History Consortium, Civil Rights Trail – $40,000
- Anacostia Watershed Society, Anacostia Watershed Field Guide – $10,000
- City of Greenbelt, Greenbelt Community Center Bas Relief Repair – $29,500
- City of Hyattsville, Getting Around the Town (Cycling/Wayfinding Plan) – $29,339
- Town of North Brentwood, Outdoor Pavillion, $25,500
- Pyramid Atlantic Inc., Arcade Building Improvements – $16,200
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