BNHA Heritage Investment Grants

Content about Heritage Investment Grants

The Baltimore Heritage Area Association, the management entity of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, manages the Heritage Investment Grant program. This grant is a source of funding designed to provide small, but strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism projects and organizations within the boundaries of the heritage area. The Heritage Investment Grant provides funds for non-capital projects. Eligible projects must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the 2013 Baltimore National Heritage Area Comprehensive Management Plan.

The following non-capital projects or activities within the heritage area’s boundaries may be assisted (map below in FAQ).

Planning

Research, field investigation, data recovery, feasibility and planning studies, design documents, and other planning activities that support the heritage area.

Interpretation

Interpretive exhibits, interpretive signage, pedestrian way-finding signage, interpretive brochures, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area. Interpretation projects must comply and support the Interpretive Framework for the heritage area as outlined in the 2013 Comprehensive Management Plan.

Please review BNHA's recommended guidelines for interpretive signage projects. The National Park Service has also created a comprehensive guide for creating wayside exhibits and interpretive signage. The guide is available for free from the NPS Harper's Ferry Center.

Programming

Seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, festivals

Operating

Grants to fund operating expenses of established organizations operating in the Baltimore National Heritage Area

WHO CAN APPLY?

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.


GETTING STARTED WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS

  • BNHA uses an online system for the grant process, which you can access once the grant cycle begins. Create a user account to allow you to save a working version of your application before final submission. 
  • Through the online system, complete a brief Intent to Apply form (due several weeks before the final application).
  • First-time applicants are required to attend an information session on the grant process. Previous grant recipients are welcome to attend. The session date and time will be announced when the grant cycle opens.
  • An overview of the 2018 grant application and guidelines is available. A link to this document is provided below.
  • Your grant application must include a specific budget form. A link to this form is provided below.
  • The online system has strict word limits. Take a look at this primer on tips for writing with brevity and clarity.

FORMS FOR YOUR APPLICATION

Begin the Grant Application (Opens April 2019)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the grant round open? When are applications due?

Can I meet with heritage area staff to discuss my project?

How much grant funding can I request?

Is restoration/cleanup of a nature path considered a non-capital or capital improvement?

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PREVIOUS AWARDS

2018 GRANT AWARDS ($110,946 for twelve projects)

2017 GRANT AWARDS ($100,800 for twelve projects)

2016 GRANT AWARDS ($100,200 for nine projects)

2015 GRANT AWARDS ($100,000 for eight projects)

2014 GRANT AWARDS ($100,000 for eight projects)