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.

Maryland Historical Trust – Heritage Areas Partners Resources

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 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.


  • January: Review potential grant proposals with HM
  • End of January: Intent to Apply online forms due
  • Late February/early March: Online grant applications completed
  • Mid-March: HM grant review and feedback
  • Early April: Final online grant applications completed with HM approval

Maryland Historic Trust (MHAA) Online Grants System – Quick Start Guide

FY2017 MHAA Grant Awards

  • National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville
    $25,000 Project Grant for restoration of a 1918 streetcar for its 100th anniversary.
  • Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring
    $7,050 Project Grant for interior and exterior wayfinding signage at the museum.
  • Visit Montgomery
    $50,000 Marketing Grant to the county tourism agency to market Heritage Montgomery’s rebranded Crossroads & Cultures themed area.
  • Heritage Montgomery
    $100,000 Management Grant for operating support.

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