The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Project Grant Round Is Now Open

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grants benefit heritage tourism projects located within Maryland's 13 certified heritage areas. Non-profit organizations, local jurisdictions, state agencies, and federal agencies are all eligible to apply. 

Non-capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $50,000 per project, while capital MHAA grants are awarded for up to $100,000 per project. MHAA requires that both capital and non-capital projects support heritage tourism related activities or infrastructure. This is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant program, though applicants may propose to use any combination of cash and in-kind support as match. 

Get started:
Determine that your project is located within a certified Heritage Area. See this step-by-step tutorial

Key dates: 

January 29, 2021 - Intent to Apply due 

February 15, 2021 - Deadline to submit a draft budget to your local grant contact.

February 26, 2021 - Multi-heritage application due (if your project involves more than one heritage area.

March 5, 2021 - Final application due.
July 8, 2021 - Grant awards determined (followed by public announcement made in July).

Webinars, Office Hours, and More:

Learn more about the opportunity by attending a live webinar, watching a recording of a webinar, or calling into MHAA staff's virtual "office hours" to talk with them about your project! The full schedule of offerings and links to tune in are available here. 

Baltimore National Heritage Area
Grant Contact:

MHAA Contact:

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund provides grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000. The Action Fund supports projects focused on African American cultural heritage, and can include: 

Capital Projects
Organizational Capacity Building
Project Planning
Programming and Interpretation

The Baltimore National Heritage Area works to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore's historic and cultural legacy and natural resources.