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 and Boundary Amendments on our Planning Documents page 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 will be reviewed prior to final submission.

FY 2022 MHAA Grant Applications

Intent to Apply forms for FY 2022 MHAA grants are now available on the Maryland Historical Trust website. Application materials will be available by February 2021.

The online Intent to Apply form is due by January 29, 2021. Please be sure to discuss your project with HM before completing and submitting an Intent to Apply (director@heritagemontgomery.org or 301-515-0753).

Completed online Application forms will be due in early March, when they will be reviewed by HM prior to final submission to MHAA. 

More information all application materials can be found at: https://mht.maryland.gov/heritageareas_partners.shtml.


FY 2021 MHAA Grant Awards

  • C&O Canal Association – a $15,000 multi-heritage area grant supporting the 2021 World Canal Conference to be headquartered in Hagerstown.
  • Glen Echo Park Partnership – a $20,000 non- capital grant for a year-long event/program celebrating the restoration of the 1921 Dentzel carousel.
  • Sandy Spring Slave Museum – a $10,000 non-capital grant for upgraded high-speed cable and monitors in the museum.
  • Heritage Montgomery – $100,000 management grant for operating support.
  • Heritage Montgomery – $25,000 block grant for Mini-Grant project support.

FY 2020 MHAA Grants
FY 2019 MHAA Grants
FY2018 MHAA Grants
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