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 will be reviewed prior to final submission.

FY 2020 MHAA Grant Applications

Application materials for FY 2020 grants are now available on the Maryland Historical Trust website. This includes an online Intent to Apply form due by January 31, 2019. Completed online Application forms are due by March 7, 2019, when they will be reviewed by HM prior to final submission to MHAA. More information and access to the MHT online grant portal (where you will submit your Intent to Apply and Application forms) can be found at:

Online Application Quick Start Guide

FY 2020 Grant Guidelines

Sample Intent to Apply Form

FY 2019 MHAA Grant Awards

  • C&O Canal Trust – $11,500 for interpretation and exhibits at Swains Lockhouse by the Canal Quarters program
  • Glen Echo Park Partnership – $5,703 for an assessment of the flooring in the historic Spanish Ballroom
  • Montgomery County Parks Foundation – $50,000 for exhibits at the Josiah Henson Park Museum in N. Bethesda
  • National Capital Trolley Museum – $10,000 to update the “Streetcars: From Horses to Electric” exhibit
  • Pleasant View Historic Association – $100,000 for building stabilization at the Pleasant View Historic Site in Gaithersburg
  • Town of Brookeville – $8,800 for renovations at the Brookeville One-Room Schoolhouse
  • Heritage Montgomery – $100,000 Management Grant for operating support.

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
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FY 2007 MHAA Grants
FY 2006 MHAA Grants