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 2021 MHAA Grant Applications

Application materials for FY 2021 grants will be available in January 2020 on the Maryland Historical Trust website. This will include an online Intent to Apply form due by the end of January 2020. 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 and access to the MHT online grant portal (where you will submit your Intent to Apply and Application forms) can be found at: https://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml

Examples of materials for FY2020 grants:
Online Application Quick Start Guide
FY 2020 Grant Guidelines
Sample Intent to Apply Form


FY 2020 MHAA Grant Awards

  • Audubon Naturalist Society – a $37,722 capital grant for building repairs to Woodend Mansion in Chevy Chase.
  • C&O Canal Trust – a $14,888 multi-heritage area grant to develop a trip-planning app for visitors to the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
  • Germantown Historical Society – a $100,000 capital grant for basement and building repairs to the 1922 Germantown Museum.
  • Glen Echo Park Partnership – a $94,783 capital grant to restore the exterior of the 1933 Art Deco Spanish Ballroom.
  • Menare Foundation – an $11,000 capital grant for restoring of the Reconstruction-era bank barn at Button Farm Living History Center in Germantown.
  • Sugarland Ethno-History Project – a $50,000 capital grant to repair the roof of St. Paul Community Church in Poolesville, an historic landmark for this significant African American community.
  • Town of Brookeville – a $35,000 capital grant for roof and building repairs to the circa-1810 Brookeville Academy.
  • Sandy Spring Museum – a $29,325 non-capital grant to research and document the history of Sandy Spring’s African American communities.
  • Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation – a $100,000 capital grant for a bike and hike path connecting heritage sites including Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Sandy Spring, Sandy Spring Slave Museum, and Olney Theatre.
  • Heritage Montgomery – $100,000 management grant for operating support.
  • Heritage Montgomery – $25,000 block grant for Mini-Grant project support.

PR 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
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FY 2007 MHAA Grants
FY 2006 MHAA Grants