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Mini Grants Program

As a dedication to the promotion of heritage tourism and community involvement, out of operational funding, LESHC has hosted a successful Mini Grant program resulting in funding significant, worthwhile projects.

Applicants may apply for small project grant funding directly from LESHC. Grant awards go towards projects reflecting heritage and cultural aspects of the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Applications are submitted and winners are then carefully chosen by Grants Review Committee. Evaluation and award selection are based on how well the completed application meets stated criteria. No match or grant funds may be expended before the date of grant award notification.

Eligible activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the approved Management Plan available in the LESHC office. For a general idea refer to the Executive Summary LESHC Management Plan. available on line.

LESHC matching mini–grants program is designed to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within our borders to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other initiatives that are consistent with the regional themes and activities suggested in our state, county and city approved Management Plan available from LESHC office. We encourage mini-grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhance preservation, the stewardship of historical, cultural and/or natural resources, and heritage tourism.
Examples of eligible projects include new heritage tours, maps, interpretive brochures, podcasts, and other heritage-related publications; educational public programs, exhibits, and/or events; and heritage tourism-related website development. Oral history projects are also eligible. Heritage tourism-related programs for K-12 students, home-schooled students, and/or after-school educational programs, and educational seminars, workshops, and conferences that encourage or enhance preservation, revitalization, and interpretation of the area’s natural, cultural and historic resources are also eligible. Some marketing expenses are eligible to be funded through mini-grants. Mini-grants shall not be used for administrative expenses or capital projects. Staff time paid on an hourly basis is eligible as match only, for that portion of a staff person’s time dedicated solely to a funded project (not to exceed 35% of total required project match; benefits may NOT be included). All interpretive signage projects should adhere to National Park Service standards for design (some allowances are made for small projects); garden projects must make use of sustainable practices and native plants. LESHC encourages proposals that are consistent with any regional thematic heritage-tourism related initiatives and those that include new technology, foster environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices at heritage sites, foster accessibility for visitors with disabilities, and/or create new heritage-related programming in the arts. Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or annual activities. Other types of projects not specifically stated here may be eligible and should be discussed with heritage area Director.
Non-profits and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that will take place primarily within the borders of the heritage area. Individuals and for-profit organizations with proposals consistent with these guidelines may apply in partnership with a non-profit heritage organization, with the non-profit as the applicant organization. Maximum grant award is $2,500.


Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year commitment.

Who is eligible?
Non-profit organizations and governmental entities within the borders of the three counties - Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset that make up the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area are eligible to apply. Individuals with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with an eligible organization. We welcome anyone that might be seeking financial assistance for smaller projects to contact us.

Click here to find out how to apply for our Mini-Grants.









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