State Grants

The Programs: The State of Maryland has traditionally supported three specific grant programs that benefit preservation and historic sites across the state. The programs include:

  • The Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program: This program supports capital (bricks-and-mortar) upgrades and repairs to certified historic structures owned by non-profits or local governments. Project Example: Harford County’s Susquehanna Locks Project included stabilization of the historic canal walls and reinstallation of working gates. FY17 Appropriation: $0
  • The Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program: This program funds architectural and archeological research, survey and documentation, public education, and planning and feasibility projects. This program directly supports local governments’ efforts to preserve places important to their constituents. Project Example: Queen Anne’s County Historic Sites Survey – identifying important 19th and 20th century historic sites in the County to assist with local planning efforts. FY17 Appropriation: $0
  • Historical and Cultural Museum Advancement Grant Program: This program provides support used to enhance museum exhibits, visitor facilities and provide educational programming at museums across the state. Project Example: Exhibit enhancement and updates for the Frederick County Historical Society – a destination for heritage tourism in downtown Frederick. FY17 Appropriation: $0
  • African-American Heritage Preservation Grant Program: This program provides direct grant support for capital (bricks-and-mortar) upgrades and repairs to sites representing Maryland’s African-American historical experience. FY17 Appropriation: $1 Million

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.

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