BNHA Neighborhood Placemaking Grants

Content about Neighborhood Placemaking Grants

The Baltimore Heritage Area Association (BHAA) administers the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program. Launched in 2018, this grant program is a source of funding designed to provide small, but strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism (non-capital) projects within the heritage area.

The goal of the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program is to assist neighborhoods:

  • With enhancing their quality of life through heritage tourism stewardship;
  • Become more visitor-friendly and visitor-ready;
  • Balance community and tourism; and
  • Increase awareness of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and its resources for neighborhoods.

The following non-capital projects or activities within the heritage area may be assisted. 

Green Your Neighborhood

Projects that promote neighborhood greening activities, environmental stewardship, cleanliness, beautification, citizen community education and stewardship.

Navigate Your Neighborhood

Festivals, performances, reenactments, and events that promote heritage tourism and attract visitors. Projects that aid in navigating through neighborhoods such as interpretive signage, pedestrian way-finding signage, interpretive brochures, development of online navigation platforms and apps, walking tours, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area’s neighborhoods.

Revitalize Your Neighborhood: Plan!

Planning and feasibility studies for capital projects, vacant lot development planning, market research, branding and marketing projects, research for content development, and project evaluation surveys.

Eligible activities 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. Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards and not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment. Project activity must occur within the boundary of the Baltimore National Heritage Area (map below in FAQ).

WHO CAN APPLY?

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations and tax-exempt community/neighborhood associations 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. 
  • First-time applicants to Baltimore National Heritage Area are required to attend an information session on the grant process. Previous grant recipients are welcome to attend.  Please contact Shauntee Daniels, Director of Programs (sdaniels@baltimoreheritagearea.org) or Imani Haynes, Neighborhood Placemaking Coordinator (ihaynes@baltimoreheritagearea.org) for workshop dates.
  • An overview of the 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 Dec. 1, 2018)

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 there a match requirement?

Are there any guidelines to follow for creating interpretive and wayfinding signage?

Can the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant be used to fund a mural or facade improvement project?

BNHA Boundary Map