Maryland Heritage Area Authority Awards Grant to BNHA to Support Heritage Tourism During COVID Crisis

June 04, 2020

"Maryland is delivering more than $600,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to nonprofits promoting heritage tourism in the state.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority said Friday it is furnishing grants to 59 organizations supporting tourism in the state’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas. The tourism industry has suffered some of the harshest financial setbacks stemming from measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“As we gradually begin to open carefully across Maryland during this pandemic, it is critical that we support struggling nonprofits to help maintain the state’s heritage tourism economy,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.

Maryland currently has 13 Certified Heritage Areas, including the Baltimore National Heritage Area, the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority in Cumberland, and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage area spanning parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties.

The Baltimore National Heritage Area received $100,000, the most funds awarded to a single heritage district. The tourism industry has been hard hit throughout the state. Loss of tourism dollars has hurt jurisdictions like Baltimore whose economies heavily depend on visitors. " - The Daily Record

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