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 Heritage Fund applications will be due Friday, September 17, 2021.
UPDATE: For the safety of our staff and partners, all Preservation Maryland team members are working remotely. If you are applying for a grant Preservation Initiatives Manager, Jessica Feldt, remains available by email and phone with email as the preferred method to make initial contact.
Projects must be located in the state of Maryland
Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply.
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:
Legal services engaged to protect endangered historic resources – including structures, sites, archaeological resources, or the creation or strengthening of a local preservation ordinance
The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $10,000. Application deadlines are March 19 and September 17, 2021.
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:
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 the same project or site one year after the 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.
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:
Upon receipt of a completed application, staff will conduct a review and determine if any additional information is needed. Applicants will be notified about grant decisions 6-8 weeks after the grant deadline.
Next Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021
The Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund is a dedicated source of funding for revitalization work across Baltimore City that just completed its second funding round.
Preservation Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, Baltimore Heritage, and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, are proud to partner for the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund. Funds for the grant program are provided by the Baltimore Community Foundation. The fund’s goal is to provide direct assistance for capital and non-capital activities that advance efforts to preserve historically significant properties in the City of Baltimore.
A special focus of this initiative is to support projects that not only preserve structures but are also important to neighborhood identity and contribute to the revitalization of communities. In the first round of grants, the Baltimore Preservation Fund supported nine projects totaling $70,000 in grant awards that were selected from a highly competitive field of nearly forty applicants.
Tax-exempt organizations performing work in the City of Baltimore are eligible to apply for recommended grant requests of $1,000-$10,000. Projects must take place in the City of Baltimore. Projects eligible for the competitive grant funds include, but are not limited to, rehabilitation work of historic materials, preparation of National Register nominations, educational, research, and planning efforts related to preservation efforts.
The 2020 round is now closed. Information on the 2021 round will be posted here at a later date. To stay up-to-date on the latest with the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund please be sure to subscribe to Preservation Maryland’s newsletter.
The following criteria will be used by the selection committee to evaluate and select projects for funding that meet the purposes and priorities of the fund:
Please see the full guidelines for more information about eligibility, application requirements, and evaluation criteria. To apply, complete the online application, being sure to complete all the fields and attach all required supplementary materials.
Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust are pleased to award over $50,000 in grant funds to several significant heritage tourism destinations, including Main Streets, open spaces, historic sites, and cultural attractions.
I am reaching out to my fellow Marylanders today, to ask for your support at a time when our organization needs you most – and when our work is as relevant as ever.
Organizations like Preservation Maryland aren’t just preserving the past – we’re investing in our future. In just the past year we’ve invested heavily in our work and refused to accept the mounting challenges as a reason to retreat or hold our position. But – trust me as I say this – we simply cannot rest on our past victories. The future demands action – and with your support, we will make 2021 a year to celebrate.
When you donate to Preservation Maryland, you are donating to the heart of Maryland’s historic communities. Each year deserving community organizations are turned down for grant funds because of a lack of grant funds. Your gift can make the difference between – lost and saved.
Historic open spaces, museums, and community originations have served as beacons of culture and context for today’s challenges. The following five grant opportunities are open to statewide and Baltimore-based organizations, sites, and projects in support of continuing the important work of heritage tourism in the Old Line State.
With funds from the inaugural round of the Baltimore City Historic Preservation Fund, the Southwest Partnership recently completed emergency stabilization work at the historic Malachi Mills House in West Baltimore.
For over 20 years, the Heritage Fund grant program has provided vital funds for preservation projects across the state – it is a stable source of funding needed by Maryland’s cultural organizations now more than ever. This most recent round, awarded in the midst of a global pandemic and civic unrest, will grant nearly $50,000 for needed repairs, research, and project planning in communities large and small – all stewards of authentic Maryland history.
The Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation is stewarding the structure and stories of the Havre de Grace Colored School and working to create new museum and cultural center. The Heritage Fund supported the organization’s efforts to gather important first-hand oral histories of African American students of the school from the 1930s to the 1950s.