Heritage Area Awards Grants for 12 Heritage Projects

September 18, 2017


The Baltimore National Heritage Area is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Heritage Investment Grants (HIG), a program funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • Port Discovery/Baltimore’s Children’s Museum (Port of Baltimore Exhibit)
  • Baltimore Architecture Foundation (Expand the Doors Open Program - Developing a Model for Maryland)
  • Baltimore Heritage, Inc. (Baltimore Legacy Business Project)
  • The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture (Be Here - Baltimore Project)
  • Baltimore Streetcar Museum (Mapping a New Route for the Museum Project)
  • Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum (Operating Support to Increase Visitorship)
  • Poe House and Museum (Poe to Print Project)
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry (Update and Refresh the BMI Communications Exhibition)
  • Walters Art Museum (Reinstalling One West Mount Vernon Place)
  • Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (Creating Spaces: Performing Artists in Sacred & Historical Places)
  • Baltimore Operational Sail (Social Media Program to Increase Visitorship to Visiting Ships)
  • Friends of Patterson Park (Connecting Patterson Park Events to History)

The Heritage Investment Grant Program provides “small but strategic” grants to fund a variety of programs and activities that support heritage tourism to the City of Baltimore.  A portion of the funds is made available for operational support for qualified nonprofits. “The grant recipients reflect our diverse offerings as a city and the deep historical roots of our urban environment. They tell our stories and draw more visitors to experience our authentic Baltimore,” said Shauntee Daniels, director of programs and partnerships.

The Walters Art Museum is one of 11 local non-profits to recieve a grant for heritage tourism projects. 

As a federally designated heritage area, the Baltimore National Heritage Area receives financial support from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Heritage Investment Grants use a portion of these funds to promote activities that foster heritage tourism within the boundary of the heritage area. For this grant cycle, $100,000 was made available for project and operational support to qualified nonprofit organizations.

“This is our fourth year offering the Heritage Investment Grant Program,” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “Despite the federal funding crisis for arts and cultural organizations, we remain hopeful that federal investment will continue to our city to improve our heritage resources. Improving our heritage resources leads to real and positive change in the city: spurring investment, creating jobs, and helping communities.”