MHAA Grants

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) offers grant opportunities to organizations in Montgomery County’s heritage area. Historic buildings, sites, and districts; distinctive natural landscapes; museums; parks; and other arts and cultural resources located in Certified Heritage Areas (non-profit or local government entities) are eligible to receive MHAA grants for capital and non-capital projects.

Grant applicants must be physically located in the county’s designated heritage areas, roughly speaking, the Agricultural Reserve, the Sandy Spring area, the City of Rockville, and along the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad Line.  (For specific boundaries, see the HM Management Plan or contact the HM office.)

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 for Non-Capital Projects (such as planning, interpretation, and programs) and $5,000 to $100,000 for Capital Projects (including acquisition, rehabilitation, and restoration) and all require a 75% cash match.

Grants are submitted to MHAA online through the local heritage areas (i.e. Heritage Montgomery) where they are reviewed and ranked prior to final submission to the State.  All prospective proposals must be discussed with the HM Executive Director prior to beginning the application process and reviewed prior to submission.

FY 2019 MHAA Grant Applications

Application materials are now available at the Maryland Historical Trust website:

FY 2019 MHAA Project Grant Guidelines:

The online Intent to Apply form is due Friday, January 26, 2018.

Deadline to submit completed application for review by Heritage Montgomery: Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

MHAA will hold a series of workshops and webinars to provide guidance to potential applicants:

January 9, 2018 Workshop in Hagerstown
January 10, 2018 Workshop in Baltimore
January 12, 2018 Webinar
January 16, 2018 Workshop in Cambridge
January 17, 2018 Webinar

FY 2018 MHAA Grant Awards

  • Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture, Glen Echo
    $59,628 capital grant for restoration of the 1921 Diesel carousel.
  • Montgomery County Historical Society, Rockville
    $10,000 project grant for wayfinding signage and a new brochure.
  • Heritage Montgomery
    $100,000 Management Grant for operating support.

FY 2017 MHAA Grants
FY 2016 MHAA Grants
FY 2015 MHAA Grants
FY 2014 MHAA Grants
FY 2013 MHAA Grants
FY 2012 MHAA Grants
FY 2011 MHAA Grants
FY 2010 MHAA Grants
FY 2009 MHAA Grants
FY 2008 MHAA Grants
FY 2007 MHAA Grants
FY 2006 MHAA Grants