BNHA Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant Program (MHAA)

Content about Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant Program (MHAA)

January 26, 2024 Intent to Apply form due (required in order to submit a full application)

March 4, 2024 (Full application due)

Please visit the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority’s website for more details and please carefully read the FY2025 Project Grant Guidelines

Please start working on securing contractor bids now to inform your budget development and securing any letters of support.

Each year, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority provides dollar-for-dollar matching project grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a certified Maryland heritage area (which includes the Baltimore National Heritage Area). Grants can support heritage tourism-related projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources. Since 1999, the authority has awarded more than $4 million for projects within the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

Non-capital projects can include planning and design as well as interpretive projects, such as exhibits, signage, and other materials. Capital projects include acquisition, development, new construction, rehabilitation, restoration, and pre-development costs (such as architectural designs). MHAA grants can also fund programming, such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, and festivals (must be a pilot program or new programming).

Eligible applicants include 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.

Award amounts typically range from a maximum $50,000 for non-capital and programming projects and a maximum of $100,000 for capital projects. All grants must be matched in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match). A portion of this match may be with in-kind services, such as volunteer time, donated professional services, and donated materials.

The Baltimore National Heritage Area coordinates the application process for proposed projects within its boundaries. For more information about MHAA Project Grants, please visit the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority website (link below).

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant Information


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

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

Does a project, such as the design and installation of a permanent exhibit, qualify as a capital or non-capital project?

Do I need support letters from a state delegate, state senator, and the local government entity?

How do I receive a Letter of Authorization from the heritage area management entity to submit my final application?

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