By Preservation Maryland
Preservation Maryland’s Six-to-Fix program began with a simple question: Could we do more to help save threatened history across our state?
The Challenge: Since 2010, funding for Maryland’s key history related grant programs has been completely zeroed out. In 2017, each of the state’s key preservation and history programs (Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program, Historic Preservation Non-Capital Research & Survey Grant Program, and the Historical and Cultural Museum Advancement Grant Program) received absolutely no funding or support from the state. The African-American Heritage Preservation Grant program is the only preservation grant program to have received any recent appropriation ($1 million).
These programs have been pivotal in preserving and interpreting some of the state’s finest resources. From the Antietam Battlefield to Historic St. Mary’s City to Smith Island – these programs have touched every corner of the state and provided the necessary funding to allow Marylander’s to preserve the places that matter to them.
Our Position: Preservation Maryland emphatically supports increasing the state’s investment in these chronically underfunded programs. A state appropriation of $1.5 million (split evenly between the three unfunded programs) would spur a renewed interest in the history of this state and create a catalyst for heritage tourism.
Thanks to the tireless advocacy efforts of Preservation Maryland and its partners, Governor Hogan included $379,000 for Survey & Research grants and $600,000 for capital grants in the FY18 budget introduced in January 2017.