Heritage Fund Grants

The Heritage Fund, a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust, provides direct assistance for the protection of historical and cultural resources and promotes innovative demonstration projects that can be successfully replicated to meet Maryland’s historic preservation needs. The Fund is intended to serve the needs of tangible cultural resources in Maryland. Historic sites, buildings, districts, objects, and archaeological resources are all eligible for funding.

Current Grant Recipients

Planning in Piscataway Park

Organization: Accokeek Foundation
Type: Planning/Feasibility
Project Name: Planning in Piscataway Park: Connecting People and Landscapes
|Location: Accokeek, Prince George’s County

Piscataway Park, across the Potomac from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, seeks to tell the story of the relationship between the humans and the natural world. It has been 50 years since the dedication of Piscataway Park, giving the organization a perfect opportunity to develop a comprehensive long-term interpretive plan. The process will include both internal and public dialogs resulting a guide for the Accokeek Foundation’s further work at Piscataway Park. The Accokeek Foundation received $5,000 for the $20,000 project. The Foundation is seeking additional funds from state and national agencies as well as private foundations.

Monument Restoration at SAINTS Peter and Paul Cemetery

Organization: Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization
Type: Bricks and Mortar
Project Name: Restoration of Monuments at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
Location: Cumberland, Allegany County

The Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery is one of Cumberland’s oldest cemeteries, with graves spanning two centuries and is the final resting place of many of Cumberland’s founders. The Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization will undertake a restoration effort for monuments that are beginning to deteriorate. The restoration of the monuments will ensure the cemetery’s continued use as an important educational site and tourism destination. The Heritage Fund will provide $4,600 of the full project budget of $6,230. The Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization will provide the match through their donations and in-kind labor.

The tour group at Highland Beach, 2017.

Highland Beach Preservation and Education Initiative

Organization: Fredrick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
Type: Education/Research
Project Name: Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center Preservation and Education Initiative
Location: Highland Beach, Anne Arundel County

The Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center is located in Highland Beach, a community founded by Frederick Douglass’ son Charles and his wife Laura in 1893. The Museum is located in the National Register-listed home Charles Douglass built for his father, who died before he was able to occupy the house. The organization is now undertaking completing an inventory of their collections, creating new exhibits, and training new docents. The Heritage Fund program awarded $5,000 of the $20,000 budget for the new exhibits and inventory work. Remaining funds will come through in-kind assistance and additional grants and fundraising.

Historic Greenbelt & Maryland Documentaries

Organization: Old Greenbelt Theatre
Type: Education/Research
Project Name: Telling our Stories: 80 Years in 80 Seconds
Location: Greenbelt, Prince George’s County

The Old Greenbelt Theatre, a single-screen movie theater, has been entertaining the area since its construction in 1937. The non-profit Friends of Greenbelt Theatre has been operating the theater since 2015. As the City of Greenbelt and the theater itself approaches their 80th anniversaries, the Friends of Greenbelt Theatre will produce a series of short documentaries that will highlight Greenbelt, regional, and statewide history and promote awareness of preservation and share personal histories of area residents. The Friends of Greenbelt Theatre will receive $5,000 towards their total project budget of $7,000, using funds from their organization to cover the rest of the costs.

Acquisition of Main Street Properties

Organization: Main Street Middletown

Type: Bricks and Mortar
Project Name: Purchase of 19 and 21 West Main Street
Location: Middletown, Frederick County

Much of Middletown and 19 and 21 West Main Street are included in the Middletown National Register Historic District. The two properties on Main Street stand out as historic commercial buildings due to their small size and distinctive façade trim. With no local preservation ordinance to protect these structures, the planned sale of the buildings could present a threat depending on the buyer. Main Street Middletown plans to purchase the two buildings to model the value of a preservation approach and demystify the process. The $10,000 provided by the Heritage Fund will be supplemented with funding from other organizations and state agencies, in-kind contributions, and funds from the organization to reach the cost of purchasing the buildings. The seller is working closely with the organization in the sale.


Local TV Station Digital Archive

Organization: Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive
Type: Education/Research
Project Name: Baltimore Sights and Sounds: Audiovisual Documentation as Historic Preservation
Location: Baltimore City

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) works to preserve and provide public access to moving images and recorded sounds in the Mid-Atlantic. Among the resources they are working on are the WJZ-TV collection of content from the station made between the 1950s and 2000. From this collection, MARMIA would pull out videos that document Baltimore’s historic places and share them with Baltimore Heritage who would then upload them to the Explore Baltimore Heritage app and website to augment the content provided on those platforms. MARMIA will receive $4,000 of a total project budget of $9,500 the remainder will be matched by MARMIA and in-kind assistance through Baltimore Heritage.

Historic Window Restoration

Organization: Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Inc.
Type: Bricks and Mortar
Project Name: Window Repair at Handsell
Location: Vienna, Dorchester County

The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance works to preserve Handsell, a National Register-listed building in Dorchester County. The site tells the story of the cultures that contributed to the history of the site, the native people of Chincone Village, African Americans, and Colonial settlers. Many of the windows at the house are in need for restoration including custom-made sashes and frames. The work is the will help move the preservation effort at the site forward. The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance will receive $10,000 from the Heritage Fund for their $25,000 project. The rest will come from the organization’s restoration fund and other fundraising efforts.

Emergency Masonry Chimney Repairs

Organization: Stepping Stone Museum Association, Inc.
Type: Bricks and Mortar
Project Name: Restoration of Chimney at Foard’s Blacksmith Shop
Location: Havre de Grace, Harford County

The Steppingstone Farm Museum interprets the rural heritage of the Harford County through collections and structures, including a late nineteenth century blacksmith shop. The Foard’s Blacksmith Shop was relocated to the Stepping Stone Museum and is utilized as a demonstration area. Last winter, one of the building’s two chimneys collapsed. The grant will help fund the restoration of the fallen chimney and the stabilization of the building’s other chimney. Once completed, the site can resume its educational mission. The Stepping Stone Museum will receive $10,000 to complete the $20,700 restoration project. The Museum will provide the remainder, including contributions from their “Fix our Forge” campaign.

Dielman Inn Preservation Plan

Organization: Town of New Windsor
Type: Planning/Feasibility
Project Name: Reuse and Business Plan for Dielman Inn
Location: New Windsor, Carroll County

The Dielman Inn is a mid-18th century building in the center of the Town of New Windsor with 43 rooms that reflect the evolution and expansion of the building over time to meet the needs of commerce. The Town of New Windsor took ownership of the site and have undertaken lead abatement and stabilization work. The property now needs a preservation plan to guide the future work towards revitalization. The Heritage Fund award of $5,000 will go towards the $7,500 process with the matching funds coming from the Town and in-kind donations.

Vernacular Architecture Forum Tours

Organization: Vernacular Architecture Forum
Type: Education/Research
Project Name: Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference
Location: Southern Maryland

The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) is devoted to the study and appreciation of vernacular buildings and landscapes. The organization’s annual conference brings hundreds of VAF members from around the country together to tour a region and learn more about its architectural heritage. In May of 2018 the conference will come to Alexandria, Virginia and spend time touring Southern Maryland and parts of Prince George’s County. Some of the themes explored will be the African American experience, tobacco production, protecting view sheds, and early Catholicism in Maryland. The Heritage Fund will provide $3,500 to the Vernacular Architecture Forum representatives in Maryland to go towards the total budget of $120,000. The remainder of the funding comes from state, academic, and organizational partners.

Awarded in 2017

The Ark, 2016. Photo from the Calvert Marine Museum.

“The Ark” Ship of Hungerford Creek

Organization: Calvert Marine Museum Society

Type: Repair and Rehabilitation

Project: Relocation and Restoration of “The Ark” Ship

Location: Solomons, Calvert County

Description: The Ark started as a life boat on a German passenger liner turned American WWI troopship. Following the war, the ship sat in the Patuxent River, becoming part of the Ghost Fleet of anchored and surplus ships. Around 1936 an Episcopalian minister acquired one of the wooden lifeboats and brought it ashore at his summer cottage, later building a house on the boat – because of his religious affiliation, it became known as Faith Chapel – The Ark. It was recently acquired by the Calvert Marine Museum Society, that plans to move it to their museum grounds and finish the restoration work.

Funding: The Calvert Marine Museum Society received $4,915 towards an $8,155 project. In-kind labor funds and funds from the Calvert Marine Museum Society will supplement the grant amount.

The John Grinder House in Smallwood State Park, 2017.

Stabilization of the John Grinder House

Organization: Friends of Smallwood State Park

Type: Repair and Rehabilitation

Project: Structural Asssesment and Stabilization at the Grinder House

Location: Marbury, Charles County

Description: The John Grinder House is Charles County’s only example of a brick construction vernacular farmhouse from the post-Civil War era, and named for it’s builder, a DC brick maker who provided bricks for the Washington Navy Yard among other projects. The House has been vacant since a fire in 2014, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources made a decision to demolish the house, however the Charles County Historic Preservation Commission filed and was granted an extension to consider alternative actions. With the grant, the Friends will secure the home from further interior damage and determine the structural stability of the house to create long term plans for reuse.

Funding: Friends of Smallwood State Park received $10,000 towards the $12,000 project.

Shafer Farm on South Mountain Battlefield, 2016.

Stabilization Work at the Shafer Farm

Organization: Burkittsville Preservation Association

Type: Repair and Rehabilitation

Project: Structural Stabilization of West Wall and Roof of the Shafer House

Location: Burkittsville, Frederick County

Description: The Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm was the site of a Union headquarters during the Battle of South Mountain in 1862, and is part of that National Register Historic District. The property was owned by one family since 1859, retaining the basic layout of the house and out buildings – but the property is in deteriorated condition. Recently purchased by the Association, the grant money will help fund the stabilization and eventual restoration of the west wall of the building – if left unaddressed, it could result in a collapse of the wall. Preservation Maryland as been an active partner on this project through our Six-to-Fix program.

Funding: The Burkittsville Preservation Association received $10,000 for a $30,000 project.

Aerial view of the Kent County landscape.

Historic Landscape of the Eastern Shore

Organization: Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance

Type: Research and Education

Project: Inventory of the Scenic and Historical Cultural Landscape of Kent County

Location: Kent County

Description: Kent County is home to a picturesque rural and historic landscape containing a wealth of historic resources. While zoning has helped prevent sprawl in this area, renewable energy development could drastically alter the look and feel of the region. The result of this inventory and documentation project will be a datebase to store geographic data, as well as, more narrative stories and histories about locations to create a better understanding of the significance of the landscape.

Funding: The Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance received $6,000 toward the $41,625 project.

Storefront at 516 Race Street in Cambridge.

Old Cambridge Gas Company Building

Organization: Cambridge Community Radio

Type: Planning & Study

Project: Design and Restoration Planning at 516 Race Street

Location: Cambridge, Dorchester County

Description: Cambridge Community Radio, operates WHCP-LP 101.5 FM, a community radio state that shares oral histories, and has a reading for the blind program and a student training center. The organization is expanding its operations into 516 Race Street and will be the first anchor public space initiative in the block, helping catalyze and validate revitalization efforts. The grant will help fund an architectural assessment with a restoration plan and a feasibility study for use as a community broadcast facility.

Funding: Cambridge Community Radio received $5,000 towards the $150,000 project.

The Church Hill Theatre in Queen Anne’s County, 2015.

Exterior Restoration at Church Hill Theatre

Organization: The Church Hill Theatre, Inc.

Type: Repair & Rehabilitation

Project: Restoration of Exterior Art Deco Stucco

Location: Church Hill, Queen Anne’s County

Description: The Churh Hill Theatre, a 1929 Art Deco theater provides a showcase for the performing arts as well as educational opportunities in Queen Anne’s County. The Church Hill Theatre, Inc. undertook an evaluation of the historic building and created an hierarchy of needed repairs to ensure it’s safety and preservation. The grant award will help fund the restoration and repair of exterior stucco that shows signs of deterioration and cracking.

Funding: The Church Hill Theatre, Inc. received $10,000 towards the $19,000 project.

South Baltimore Learning Center in the ca. 1896 Police Station.

Survey and Repair at the South Baltimore Learning Center

Organization: South Baltimore Learning Center

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Condition Survey and Report; Immediate Skylight Replacement

Location: Baltimore City

Description: A non-profit organization, the South Baltimore Learning Center helps improve the self-sufficiency of educationally disadvantaged adults by providing functional literacy and life-skills training. They have operated out of the ca. 1896 Southern District Police Station since 2000; the building retains much of its original character including a single holding cell. Funds will be used to immediately replace cracked and leaking skylights, and help the Center asses the current condition to identify future needs and plan for needed repairs.

Funding: The South Baltimore Learning Center received $6,000 towards the $6,560 project with the remainder coming from the South Baltimore Learning Center Reserve Fund.

Sea level rise threat to Annapolis. Map from Maryland Department of Planning and Maryland Historical Trust.

Keeping History Above Water Conference in Annapolis

Organization: City of Annapolis

Type: Research & Education

Project: Hosting the National Keeping History Above Water Conference in Annapolis

County: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Description: Annapolis draws millions of visitors each year to visit the historic region around the Colonial-era National Landmark District between the Severn and South Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay that is threatened by sea level rise. The Keeping History Above Water conference gathers experts – preservationists, engineers, city planners, legislators, developers, insurers, historic homeowners and other decision makers – to discuss impact of climate change and sea level rise on historic, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Funding: The City of Annapolis received $3,000 towards the cost of hosting the Conference on October 29 through November 1, 2017.

Harford County Post Office, 1979. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.

Restoration of Harford County Historical Society

Organization: The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc.

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Removal of Non-Historic Exterior Entrance Vestibule

Location: Bel Air, Harford County

Description: The Historical Society of Harford County is located in Bel Air in a large, ca. 1936 Colonial Revival style United States Post Office building. While in use as a post office, a modern metal and glass vestibule was added to the front entrance, significantly altering its historic appearance. Now owned by the Historical Society, the grant will help fund the removal of the vestibule, allowing the restoration of remaining architectural details and reconstruction to original appearance of the entrance.

Funding: The Historical Society of Harford County received $4,905 towards the $5,450 project with the remainder coming from the Historical Society.

Ca. 1930 dairy barn on Franklin Farm in Anne Arundel County.

Franklin Farm Agricultural Complex Dairy Barn

Organization: Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Rehabilitation of a Historic Dairy Barn

County: West River, Anne Arundel

Description: The Franklin Farm Agricultural Complex, owned by the Anne Arundel County Government, is located in West River and traces the agricultural development in Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland in the early 20th century. On the site is a ca. 1930 dairy barn, the only of it’s kind in the county. Funds from the Heritage Fund will help cover the cost of removing asbestos shingles while the County explores returning the barn into a working agricultural building for a variety of agricultural and heritage tourism uses, and educationally for the Harwood South County 4H, for example.

Funding: The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation received $10,000 towards the $225,858 project with remaining funding from their partners in Anne Arundel County.

Awarded in 2016

Baltimore Museum of Industry Crane

Organization: Baltimore Museum of Industry

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Crane Rehab

County: Baltimore City

Grant Award: $5,000

Description: To some, the 1942 110-ton Clyde Model 17 DE90 whirley crane that towers over the Baltimore Museum of Industry has always been a permanent fixture of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This location in not the crane’s first home though but its third.  Originally located at Bethlehem Steel’s Fairfield shipyard, the crane helped construct wartime vessels throughout World War II, and then after 1945 it served in the repair and conversion of naval vessels to commercial service. This artifact of our industrial past which lives outside suffers through heat and snow year after year, and the elements have taken their toll.  During this second phase of restoration work, the wire rope that runs along the crane’s 80-ft boom and existing structural hardware will be replaced and upgraded to improve the structural stability of the crane, and the crane will be repainted.

Funding:  The Baltimore Museum of Industry received $5,000 towards the $357,000 project.


Historic Plane Restoration

Organization: Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Paint Restoration on the RB-57A Canberra

County: Baltimore County

Grant Award: $1,800

Description: For more than 25 years, the all-volunteer organization of the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum has preserved, exhibited and interpreted the rich legacy of Maryland aviation while educating all generations about the value of science and engineering. In order to fulfill its mission, the museum has amassed a collection of 25 aircraft, including a Martin RB-57A Canberra from the 1950s. This model which became the workhorse among combat aircraft and was in continuous service for over 30 years. The use of the incorrect filler during a previous restoration of the aircraft has left it particularly vulnerable to the elements. During this restoration process the previous filler must be removed and replace, the aircraft surface will be prepared and painted and finally new lettering and insignia will be applied.

Funding:  The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum received $1,800 towards a $15,600 project. The grant will cover the cost of materials and six members of the museum will volunteer upwards of 600 hours of work to ensure that the aircraft is restored and ready for visitors.


Historic Building Emergency Plan

Organization: Historic Annapolis

Type: Planning & Study

Project: Maintenance and Emergency Plans

County: Anne Arundel County

Grant Award: $4,000

Description: Historic Annapolis manages the maintenance and long-term preservation of twelve buildings, ten of which are contributing resources to the Annapolis Historic District. With any historic resource, it is important to have a maintenance plan, so that needed repairs are anticipated and funds are budgets. To that end, Historic Annapolis will use these grant funds to develop a master maintenance plan for eleven of their properties. The proposed plan will include customized maintenance schedules for each building and will allow for more cost-effective property management by anticipating upcoming costs. At the same time the organization’s emergency action plan will be updated to address disaster readiness, protocols for rapid response and prioritization of recovery efforts.

Funding:  The Historic Annapolis received $4,000 towards an $8,000 planning project.  A grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation will provide the additional funds needed for the project and a consultant will be hired to draft both documents.


Roof Replacement at Knott House

Organization: Historic Sotterley

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Roof Replacement at the Knott House

County: St. Mary’s

Grant Award: $6,000

Description: As the only Tidewater plantation in Maryland that is fully open to the public, Sotterley Plantation serves as an important teaching tool in Southern Maryland.  The 94 acre site includes Colonial Revival gardens, nature trails and over 20 buildings spanning the period from 1703 until the mid-20th century. It represents a continuum of three centuries of history of inclusive history, wealthy and poor and free and enslaved people who lived and worked on the land. One of the most frequented buildings on the farm today and the focus of this grant is the Knott House. The former tenant dwelling which was constructed around 1910, currently serves as visitor center and is in need of a new roof. These repairs will extend the life of the building and keep it accessible for many more years to visitors and staff.

Funding: Historic Sotterley received $6,000 towards the $12,500. The staff at Sotterley will work with the roofing company to offset some costs and additional expenses will be covered by a private donation.


Broadcasting Takoma Park History

Organization: Historic Takoma, Inc.

Type: Research & Education

Project: “Tales of Takoma” Radio Episodes

County: Montgomery

Grant Award: $5,000

Description: Historic Takoma was founded in 1979 in the midst of an intense local struggle to save Takoma Park’s architectural heritage from pro-development forces threating to bulldoze the town’s eight oldest residential blocks. In 2016, Historic Takoma broadened their outreach efforts in a partnership to create, Takoma Radio, a low-power community radio station at 94.3FM. Arguably an unexpected direction for an historical society, this station expands Historic Takoma’s reach to new and younger audiences as they strive to make local history relevant.  This grant will cover the research and production of over fifty 3-5 minute radio episodes about the history of Takoma Park and the preservation of its most important structures.

Funding:  The Historic Takoma, Inc. received $5,000 towards a $10,000 research and education project that will commence in the production of each piece while the research and writing will be provided in-kind.Organization: The Historical Society of Charles County, Inc

Slavery Exhibit at Rich Hill

Organization: Historical Society of Charles County

Type: Research & Education

Project: Portable Exhibit about Slavery at Rich Hill

County: Charles

Grant Award: $1,500

Description: Rich Hill, a farm house outside of Bel Alton is infamous for it’s role in the escape of John Wilkes Booth after President Lincoln’s assassination. In April 1865, the house was owned by Colonel Samual Cox, a southern sympathizer who hid Booth and his accomplice in a pine thicket on the property for days until a small boat was arranged to take them across the Potomac River into Virginia. While, this sensational tale has been researched and told many times over, the stories of the enslaved people at Rich Hill have not. With this grant the Historical Society of Charles County will conduct research and then produce a portable exhibit that will ensure these stories of Rich Hill’s other residents are told.

Funding:  The Historical Society of Charles County received $1,500 towards this $2,400 research and education project. The Friends of Rich Hill along with the African-American Heritage Society of Charles County and The Surratt House Museum will contribute the additional funds.

At Preservation Maryland’s 2015 Best of Maryland awards, Charles County planner, Kathy Thompson was awarded the Gearhart Professional Service Award.


Vernacular Sign Restoration

Organization: Hyattsville Community Development Corporation

Type: Research & Education

Project: Sign restoration at Sis’s Tavern

County: Prince George’s County

Grant Award: $3,000

Description: For over 80 years, the building at 4516 41st Avenue in North Brentwood has been an anchor for the community. This building which housed a grocery store, then a tavern, a music hall and a barber shop, was owned by and operated for the African-American community that called this part of Prince George’s County home. Starting in the 1960’s the building was known as Sis’ Tavern and it was a central social hub for the town.  It attracted famous acts like Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey who would perform there after hours when they visited the Howard Theater in DC. The Town of North Brentwood owns the building and plans to open it as a community and arts programming space.  This grant will help with the façade restoration and will specifically cover the cost of rehabilitating and recreating the historical signage for the building.

Funding:  The Hyattsville CDC received $3,000 towards a $4,200 research and education project, and the CDC will match this grant with Community Development Block Grant funding in order to finish the project.


Archaeology YouTube Videos

Organization: Lost Towns Project, Inc.

Type: Research & Education

Project: Educational and Promotional Videos

County: Anne Arundel County

Grant Award: $6,000

Description: The Lost Towns Project has been a name about archaeology in Maryland for offer 25 years and became a certified non-profit in 2014 with the purpose of promoting, facilitating and enabling the preservation, discovery and study of cultural resources, historic structures and archaeological sites. To those ends and in partnership with the Cultural Resources Division of Anne Arundel County Government and the County’s video and media production department, Lost Towns Project produce a dozen 60 second video spots that highlight heritage stories and sites in the County. These YouTube-ready videos will explore topics such as the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on cultural resources and provide a closer look at some of the most important archaeological sites in the County.

Funding:  The Lost Towns Project, Inc. received $6,000 towards the $25,000 research and education project. In-kind production services will supplement this grant funding.


Ellicott City Flood Recovery

Organization: Preservation Maryland

Type: Research & Education

Project: Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center

County: Howard County

Grant Award: $5,000

Description: On the evening of Saturday, July 30, 2016, historic Ellicott City was devastated by a flash flood.  Within minutes six feet of water washed down Main Street and left millions of dollars of damage in its wake.  Immediately after the flood, Preservation Maryland mobilized to preserve the damaged historic storefronts and help property owners, business owners and residents rebuild.  This grant funding will help defray the cost of a temporary Preservation Resource Center in downtown Ellicott City.  Center staff will help by providing assistance in finding contractors, architects and engineers, navigating low-interest loans and preservation tax credits and hosting workshops on specific rebuilding/preservation issues.  Over the next nine months, this center will have a direct impact in helping Ellicott City rise again.

Funding:  Preservation Maryland received $5,000 towards a $100,000 research and education project. Additional funding to support the creation of the Preservation Resource Center will come from donations, grants and corporate partnerships.


Historic Tin Roof Restoration

Organization: St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church

Type: Bricks & Mortar

Project: Tin Shingle Roof Restoration

County: Prince George’s

Grant Award: $5,000

Description: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is an active congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Within its care are three National Register buildings and five Prince George’s County Historic Sites which range in age from 1745 to 1341 including The Chapel of the Incarnation. This unique example of Mission-style church architecture with a decorative parapet and a stucco like exterior finish was designed by William J. Palmer in 1916.  As part of a phased rehabilitation project which includes the interior and exterior of the building, the aging asphalt roof will be replaced.  This grant will offset the cost of installing a tin shingle roof that is a reproduction of the original roof.  This project will ensure that this special piece of architecture on a prominent corner in Brandywine continues to stand.

Funding:  The St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church received $5,000 towards this $9,500 project and will raise the remaining funds through donations and their maintenance fund.

Guidelines & Application

The Heritage Fund provides direct assistance for the protection of endangered cultural resources and promotes innovative education projects that can inform best practices across the state. Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply. Eligible projects fall into three general categories: education and research, planning and feasibility, and repair and rehabilitation.

The next round of grant applications are now being accepted and are due Friday, March 16, 2018.

Projects eligible for funding

Projects must be located in the state of Maryland

Stabilization or acquisition of endangered historic properties

Feasibility studies, architectural plans, structural assessments and historic structure reports

Projects benefiting archaeological resources including curatorial services

Repair and restoration of historic materials

Educational, research, and planning efforts related to resource preservation

Organizational development for local preservation organizations – including but not limited to:

  • Board and volunteer development
  • Establishing strategic planning goals
  • Membership development
  • Marketing plans
  • Fundraising activities
  • Media relations
  • Collaborative projects are encouraged

Legal services engaged to protect endangered historic resources – including structures, sites, archaeological resources, or the creation or strengthening of a local preservation ordinance

Specifications for Fiscal Year 2018

The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $10,000. Application deadlines are March 16, 2018 and September 14, 2018.

Criteria for grant awards

The following criteria will be used by the selection committee to evaluate and select projects for funding, on a competitive basis, that meet the purposes and priorities of the Heritage Fund:

  • Relative historical and cultural significance of the resource(s)
  • Urgency of the need for financial assistance
  • Provision for long-term resource preservation
  • Administrative capability of the applicant
  • Extent to which the project stimulates or promotes other preservation activities
  • Educational value of the project
  • Demonstrative and innovative value of the project
  • Extent to which the project leverages other sources of financial assistance
  • Readiness of the applicant to initiate and complete the project
  • Extent to which the project contributes to the equitable geographic distribution of Heritage Fund money across the state


Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursable basis.

When relevant, all work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

A cash or in-kind match of at least 10% is required.

Any materials or publicity produced in relation to the project must include the following citation: “Funding for this project was provided in part by Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust.” Copies of the materials should be submitted to Preservation Maryland.

Grant award recipients may apply for same project or site one year after award date.

Projects must be completed within one year of grant approval.

Award recipients must submit a brief recap of their project and at least two photos of completed bricks and mortar projects or alternate forms of documentation for other projects.

How to Apply

Interested parties should contact Preservation Maryland to discuss the proposed project before submitting an application. Open the online application and review the questions on the application form. We encourage you to craft your long-form answers into a separate document before beginning and copy and paste them into the form. Gather all required supplementary materials in a digital format. There is a total file size limit of 20MB for all attachments submitted on the application form. Resize items to meet this requirement. Complete the online application and attach supplementary material.

Required supplementary materials include:

  • Organization’s latest financial statement or audit
  • IRS determination letter of tax-exempt status
  • Project budget including all project expenses and in-hand or pledged funding
  • Relevant guiding documents, plans, estimates, and proposals from contractors or consultants
  • Minimum of one letter of support or endorsement from a local elected official
  • Minimum of two representative photographs of the project
  • If the nominator and property owner are different, a letter of support from the property owner
  • Upon receipt of a completed application, staff will conduct a review and determine if any additional information is needed

Next Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

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News & Updates

St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church’s Chapel of the Incarnation is a very unique example of Mission-style church architecture in Maryland. It was built in 1916 by designer William J. Palmer for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. With a Heritage Fund grant, the Church was able to repair and replace their roofs.

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Anne Arundel County has a very active archaeology program and community working to unearth important and forgotten history. The Lost Towns Project received a Heritage Fund grant to help share their work in two short documentary-style videos.

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Since 1997, the Heritage Fund grant program has distributed over a million dollars in direct support for historic preservation projects in Maryland! This November, the selection committee awarded nearly $150,000 to ten deserving and unique projects across the state.

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The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Baltimore County recently utilized a Heritage Fund grant and over 600 volunteer hours to repaint a Martin RB-57A Canberra airplane to it’s original 1950s color scheme as part of it’s airfield fleet.

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A new documentary produced by Maryland Public Television, Ellicott City Rising, will premiere on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

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One-third of archaeological sites in Anne Arundel County are threatened by weather and other natural hazards. The Lost Towns Projects used a recent Heritage Fund grant to get the word out through a series of public videos, called “A Race Against Time: Maryland Archaeology and the Quest to Recover History.”

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As a part of Preservation Maryland’s commitment to professional development and increasing awareness about the threat sea-level rise poses to historic resources, the organization made a $3,000  grant from the Heritage Fund to support bringing the Keeping History Above Water conference to Annapolis, Maryland in 2017.

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Recently, the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance received a Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland, as well as a grant from the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund, to conduct an inventory of the outstanding scenic and historical cultural landscape in Kent County that is currently threatened by energy sprawl.

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By Jessica Feldt

Video: Heritage Fund Grant FAQ Answered

Does your Maryland preservation project need funding? The Heritage Fund grant program recently surpassed the $1 million dollar mark providing direct funding to historic preservation projects across Maryland! And there are two application periods each year.

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The Historical Society of Harford County is headquartered in the ca. 1936 former U.S. Post Office for the Town of Bel Air. Since 2012, the Society has been fundraising and working towards restoration and rehabilitation of the building. The Heritage Fund recently funded the removal of a non-historic vestibule to reveal the finely-detailed entrance.

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