The FY2019 grant cycle for the small capital grant program will open in the fall of 2018.
The Baltimore Heritage Area Association (BHAA) administers a small capital grant program that makes small, yet strategic, investments in heritage tourism resources within the heritage area.
Eligible projects must be identified in and consistent with the strategies and actions outlined in the heritage area's management plans, and most critically with the strategies and actions detailed in the 2013 Baltimore National Heritage Area Management Plan. The grants are made as one-time awards and not for ongoing projects or activities. Capital projects assisted include acquisition, development, preservation, and restoration. Project activity must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
The following capital projects or activities within the heritage area’s boundaries may be assisted.
The acquisition of fee title or interest other than fee title of real property. Note: For acquisition projects, BHAA will fund up to 50% of the average of two appraisals of the subject property.
New construction, or repair or alteration of an existing building, structure, or site which makes possible a contemporary use while preserving those features of the property which are significant to its historical, architectural, and cultural values.
Activities directed to sustain the existing form, integrity, and material of a building, structure, or site.
Activities directed to accurately recovering the form and details of a property and its setting as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of later work or by the replacement of missing earlier work.
Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations in good standing with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program.
Grants must be matched in cash in an amount at least equal to the grant. The grants are funded through Baltimore City CIP funds or voter-approved bonds. Since 2004, more than $1 million in funds have been awarded more than 90 projects.
NOTE: Small Capital Grant funds may be used for the creation of interpretive signage. Please review BNHA's recommended guidelines for interpretive signage projects. The National Park Service has also created a comprehensive guide for creating wayside exhibits and interpretive signage. The guide is available for free from the NPS Harper's Ferry Center.
- The application and guidelines are available on our online system. Click here to access the system.
- Create a user account. This will allow you to save your application before submitting by the deadline.
- A budget worksheet template (Excel document) has been created. Grant applications must use this form. Click here to download the budget form. (Note: This budget form was updated on November 8, 2017.)
- A PDF version of the application and guidelines is available as a reference. Click here to download the reference document.
- First-time applicants may be required to attend an information session on the grant process. Previous grant recipients are welcome to attend. Session registration will be available when the grant cycle opens in fall 2018.
- The new online process has strict word limits. Take a look at this primer on tips for writing with brevity and clarity.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the grant round open? When are applications due?
With the introduction of the non-capital heritage investment grants and the formation of a new grant review committee, the heritage area has revamped cycles for grant programs. The grant round for the FY2019 BHAA Small Capital grants will open around October 2018. Applications are typically due in mid-December. The best way to keep informed about future grant cycle dates is to sign up for the heritage area’s e-blast newsletters. The heritage area will post information on this website and our Facebook page.
Can I meet with heritage area staff to discuss my project?
Certainly! We’re happy to talk with you about your project. Also, all applicants are required to attend a grant application workshop. Announcements about the required workshop will be made as soon as the grant process opens.
How much grant funding can I request?
The maximum request varies from year to year. In recent years, the maximum dollar amount was $15,000. The grant application will specifically note the maximum requires.
Is there a match requirement?
Yes. All BHAA Small Cap grants must be matched in cash in an amount as least equal to the grant.
Does a project, such as the design and installation of a permanent exhibit, qualify as a capital project?
The general rule of thumb is that a resource must have a lifespan of more the 15 years to qualify as a capital expenditure. A permanent exhibit for a museum or historic attraction could qualify. Other projects, such as the redevelopment of a public space, could also qualify as a capital project. BHAA staff can help you with this determination.