July 2021
2020 Snap Photo Contest Winner - Entrance to Druid Hill Park & MD Zoo Before Dawn - Gerry Chase
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of great news! BNHA has been able to support many diverse projects throughout the Heritage Area through its grants programs. We have been able to celebrate with our partners on unveiling their BNHA funded projects that provide a sense of history and legacy for the community. We are offering even more assistance to the tourism community and enhancing the tourism experience by managing the Civil War Museum and we continue to reach out to all of you for more community projects and programs that we can support to further magnify the greatness of Baltimore City.

It is a team effort and BNHA considers each of you a critical member of our team as we continue to develop new and innovative ways to market, fund and support the growth of Baltimore's historic neighborhoods and cultural gems. We are here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to see how we can continue to partner on bringing Baltimore to the top of the list for tourism.

Image: BNHA Supported Project - Frederick Douglass Panel Unveiling in Canton
Shauntee Daniels
Executive Director
NPG Program at Work
Parks and People Foundation
Cecil Elementary School
Community Playground
For more information on our NPG program click here.

 Heritage Investment Grant (HIG)
Winners 2021

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is proud to announce its FY2021 Heritage Investment Grant (HIG) Awards! This grant is a source of federal funding designed to provide small, but strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism projects within the geographic boundary of the national heritage area and which align with the U.S. National Park Service's priorities.

  • Poe Baltimore Inc. - The Edgar Allan Poe Homes History - $15,000
  • Maryland Center for History and Culture - I'll Overcome Someday Exhibition Fabrication -$15,000
  • Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center - Eubie Blake Center Preservation Archive Project - $14,500
  • Baltimore Heritage, Inc. - Diversifying Baltimore Heritage’s Virtual & In-Person Content With Student Research - $7,500
  • The Royal Theater and Community Heritage Corporation - TRTCHC Historic Baltimore African Americans Mural and Montage Restoration Project - $2,901
  • Creative Alliance Inc. - Creative Alliance's CIELO Department Strategic Plan - $12,500
  • Baltimore Concert Opera - Baltimore after Freddie Gray: Building Community through Opera - $15,000
  • Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Museum (MWHC) - MWHC: Expanding Operations in our new location at Marian House/ Women's Industrial Exchange - $15,000
  • B&O Railroad Museum, Inc. - The B&O Railroad's Early Expansion West - Train Model Display Reinterpretation - $15,000
  • Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance - GBCA Urban Arts Leadership (UAL) 2021-22 - $15,000
  • Baltimore Streetcar Museum Inc. - Cable Car Wheel Signage - $3,050
  • Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, Inc. - Baltimore's Painted Screens: A Digital Archive - $15,000
  • Friends of Patterson Park, Inc. - Planning to Support an Enhanced Visitor Experience in Patterson Park -$15,000
BNHA Out in the Community!

BNHA has been out supporting our partner events and spreading the word in the community about BNHA funding programs, contests and heritage area initiatives.

Hamilton- Lauraville Farmer's Market

Tuesday, July 20th

MHAA Grant Winners

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is proud to announce that the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) has funded 14 Baltimore Heritage Area projects for a total of $944,296 in 2021. Each year, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority provides dollar-for-dollar matching project grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a certified Maryland heritage area (which includes the Baltimore National Heritage Area). Grants can support heritage tourism-related projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources. For the full list of MHAA funded projects this cycle - click here.
Come Visit Us at President Street Station!
BNHA is now managing the Civil War Museum on President Street. Make sure you visit us!

Hours of Operation:
10 am – 4 pm

Learn about Baltimore’s involvement in the Civil War, Box Car Brown’s escape to the north and William and Ellen C (Kraft’s) disguise to escape to Freedom.
The Young Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards (SVAs) are a new honor, presented by Poe Baltimore and sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA), recognizing High School students in Maryland who create artistic works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.

The prizes honor media, art, performance and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works, created by a High School student (grade 9 - 12 or equivalent during the 2021-22 school year) in the State of Maryland. The deadline for entries is September 15, 2021.

Visit the SaturdayVisiterAwards.org to learn more.


It's a SNAP! Baltimore
Photo Contest 2021 is OPEN!

No matter your level of expertise, here’s your chance to share your special photographs that reveal the best of Baltimore - the people and places of Charm City!

Winning photographers receive prizes, and the best images will be showcased on BNHA’s social media channels and a special Baltimore National Heritage Area promotional product in 2022.

Photographs must be taken within the Baltimore National Heritage Area. All hi-res entries must be submitted electronically by October 29, 2021.


A $5 donation to BNHA gets you one of our one-of-a-kind Baltimore themed reusable tote bags. These eco-friendly bags feature some of the best Baltimore images by many of your favorite local photographers.

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