BNHA Heritage Area Awards Over $27,000 in Grant Funding to Support Historic Neighborhoods

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Baltimore, MD The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is pleased to announce the seven grantees of the 2019 Neighborhood Placemaking Grant (NPG) program. The recipient neighborhoods for this pilot grant program include:

  • Sharp-Leadenhall – South Baltimore Partnership (Project: South Map and Historic Walking Tour)
  • Upton, Madison Park, and McCulloh Homes – Marble Hill (Welcome to Marble Hill Sign Replacements)
  • Madison Park – Madison Park (Madison Park Cleaning and Greening Initiative)
  • Jonestown – Jewish Museum of Maryland (Hamilton Comes to Jonestown: The Jonestown Festival)
  • Pigtown – Pigtown Main Street (18th Annual Pigtown Festival)
  • Downtown West – The Chinatown Collective (Charm City Night Market)
  • Remington – Remington Village Green (Remington Village Green Community Access)

On June 5, BNHA hosted an information session for the NPG recipients to celebrate their grant awards, review expectations and next steps for the process, and address any lingering questions before the commencement of the projects. The NPG program was developed to provide funding to support projects focused on facilitating a sense of place, improving quality of life, and building a foundation for heritage tourism throughout the 118 Baltimore communities located within the heritage area boundary. The first application cycle received over 19 community project proposals allowing BNHA to reach over ten new neighborhoods.

“We learned about this opportunity through our partnership with BNHA. We shared it with our partners in our area, which resulted in conversations that lead to a group of community leaders from Pigtown MS, Pigtown, Barre Circle, Ridgely’s Delight, and Camden Carroll forming a committee to plan a heritage walk,” said Kim Lane, Executive Director of Pigtown Main Street.

For this first cycle of the NPG program, $27,945 was made available to support projects such as community garden and greenspace development in the Madison Park neighborhood, interpretive signage and wayfinding in the Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood, and community festivals in the neighborhoods of Jonestown and Pigtown. With the input and reporting received from the NPG grantees, BNHA’s goal is to make this program even stronger in the years to come to help shed more light on the amazing heritage neighborhoods throughout Baltimore.

“This is such a huge opportunity for Baltimore because it gives neighborhoods and residents the opportunity to advocate for themselves and make change on the ground,” said BNHA Heritage Neighborhood Coordinator Imani Haynes, who oversaw the project from its inception in April 2017. “These neighborhoods have amazing histories and stories that need to be heard—it’s great to see funding being allocated to help communities highlight their connections to Baltimore’s heritage and the people who made the city great.”

The Neighborhood Placemaking Grant program is made possible thanks to generous funding from a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Block Grant and a Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Operating Assistance Grant.

The Baltimore National Heritage Area also manages a Small Capital Grant Program that funds capital projects within the heritage area. BNHA will start accepting applications for the 2020 Small Cap Grants on September 6, 2019. Visit www.explorebaltimore.org/grants for more information on grant recipients and the heritage area’s grant programs.

The mission of the Baltimore National Heritage Area is to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s historic and cultural legacy and natural resources for current and future generations.