State Grants

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. 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). 

ATHA Inc. will receive the applications and provide a ranking system for the MHAA for the applications. 

  1. A letter of intent is due in January through the Maryland Historical Trust online grants portal.
  2. Draft applications are due to ATHA in March. 
  3. ATHA’s review committee then reviews, ranks, and submits applications to the MHAA,.
  4. MHAA staff first review applications for completeness and accuracy and will contact ATHA or applicants if additional information is required.
  5. Complete applications are forwarded to the MHAA Grant Review Panel for review.
  6. State grant panel recommendations are then forwarded to the MHAA for review and final action at the Authority’s July meeting
  7. Grant awards will be announced in July and funds dispursed in Fall/Winter. 

2022 Deadlines:

  • 1/28 – Intent to Apply (MHAA)
  • 3/4 – Draft Application Deadline (ATHA) 
  • 4/8 – Final Deadline (MHAA)

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:

FY21 Grants for COVID Relief

  • Friends of Greenbelt Theater – $10,000
  • Laurel Historical Society – $10,000
  • Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center – $10,000
  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center – $10,000

FY21 Grant Awardees:

  • Friends of Greenbelt Museum – Phase II of Greenbelt Museum Education and Visitor Center – $100,000
  • Laurel Historical Society – Building Rehabilitation at the Museum – $30,000
  • Neighborhood Design Center – Art at the Divide: Windom Road Barrier Reimagined – $30,500
  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center – Artwork Preservation & 40th Anniversary Exhibition – $16,000
  • City of Mount Rainier Revitalization – $100,000
  • Town of Bladensburg for Bostwick Use Study – $20,000
  • ATHA Management Grants – $125,000

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
  • Town of University Park, Meadow Trail – $47,000
  • Compass Inc, Arts Center Roof Repair – $50,000
  • ATHA Management 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