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Program to Fund More Than $600,000 in Preservation Projects

(November 28, 2023) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), today announced two in-person workshops and four virtual sessions to inform participants about $600,000 in available funding for historic preservation grants through the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. The in-person workshops and virtual sessions are free to attend.

Registration is required at https://forms.gle/fdkM6Dc8QMypq33E7. The virtual sessions will be offered on December 8, 2023, January 18, 2024, February 7, 2024, and February 28, 2024. The in-person workshops are December 14, 2023 (in Crownsville) and January 10, 2024 (in St. Leonard).

During the in-person workshops and virtual sessions, MHT will discuss the eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects, easement requirements, documentation required for the application, and selection criteria.

The goal of the competitive program is to promote the preservation of historic properties listed on, or eligible for listing on, the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing structure within a historic district. Grants of up to $100,000 are available for acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation projects of eligible properties. Predevelopment costs can be funded for certain applicants.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits, local governments, business entities, and individuals. Project selection will be based on the property’s relative historical or cultural significance, urgency or need of the project, and a public benefit component that meets the mission and goals of MHT as indicated in the grant guidelines. Grant projects selected for funding will be announced summer 2024.

Applications for grant funding can be submitted starting February 1, 2024, through the MHT online grant portal at mht.maryland.gov/Pages/funding/grantsThe deadline for applying is March 18, 2024.

The application must be submitted through MHT’s online grant portal. Hard copies will not be accepted. Guidelines, eligibility information, and a sample grant application will be available by December 1 on the MHT Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program website at https://mht.maryland.gov/Pages/funding/grants-capital.aspx .

Previously recorded webinars relevant to the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program are available on the MHT YouTube page at bit.ly/3HzksSc and include information about easements, match requirements, specifics for religious sites, and recommendations on how to best answer application questions.

For more information about the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program, please contact Stacy Montgomery, Capital Programs Administrator, at stacy.montgomery@maryland.gov.

MHT was formed in 1961 to assist the people of Maryland in identifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting, and interpreting the state’s significant prehistoric and historic districts, sites, structures, cultural landscapes, heritage areas, cultural objects, and artifacts, as well as less tangible human and community traditions. Through research, conservation, and education, MHT assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage.