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Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grants

Grants can support heritage tourism-related projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, events, or properties. Applicants must submit their grant proposals directly to the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area for consideration.

Eligible activities for Non-Capital projects include:
  • Planning: The preparation, duplication, and distribution of research, field investigation, data recovery, documentation, feasibility, and planning studies for activities which will support the CHA.

  • Design: The preparation, duplication, and distribution of design documents for projects and activities which will support the CHA.

  • Interpretation: The development and presentation of interpretive exhibits, interpretive signage, materials, or other appropriate products to further the educational and recreational objectives of the CHA.

  • Programming: The implementation of new or pilot programs which encourage revitalization of and reinvestment in CHA resources such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, and festivals.

Eligible activities for Capital projects include:
  • Acquisition: The acquisition of fee title, or interest other than fee title (e.g. an easement), of real property. For acquisition projects, MHAA will fund up to 50% of the average of two appraisals of the subject property.

  • Development: Repair or alteration of an existing building, structure, or site which makes possible a contemporary use while preserving those features of the property which are significant to its historical, architectural, and cultural values.

  • New construction, including pedestrian wayfinding/wayshowing signage, may also be eligible provided MHAA determines the project will:

    • address or complete priority activities identified in the approved Certified Heritage Area Management Plan; or

    • will have an exceptionally significant heritage tourism impact, and

    • is consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the Heritage Area Management Plan.

  • Rehabilitation: Activities directed to returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.

  • Restoration: Activities directed to accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history, and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period.

  • Pre-Development: Pre-development costs directly associated with a capital project such as the preparation of plans and specifications, and reasonable fees for architectural design and engineering. This would include pre-development costs for eligible new construction.


Please visit the Maryland Heritage Area Authority website for complete information on grants sponsored by them.









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