News & Press BNHA and Mayor Recognize Recipients of 2015 Heritage Investment Grants
September 24, 2015
The Baltimore National Heritage Area and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, along with civic, business, and cultural leaders, recognized and celebrated the eleven recipient organizations of the 2015 Heritage Investment Grant program.
The Heritage Investment Grant provides “small but strategic” grants to fund a variety of activities, including planning and research; development of interpretive materials (brochures, maps, and signage); and programs, such as conferences and living history seminars. A portion of the funds is made available for operational support of qualified nonprofits working in the field of heritage tourism.
“This is our second year offering the Heritage Investment grant program,” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “We are thrilled to be able to bring federal support from the National Park Service and Interior Department to our wonderful city.”
As a federally designated heritage area, BNHA receives financial support from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Heritage Investment Grants use a portion of these funds to promote activities that foster heritage tourism within the boundary of the heritage area. For this grant cycle, $100,000 was made available for project and operational support to qualified nonprofit organizations.
“We are grateful for the support from the Baltimore National Heritage Area and U.S. Department of the Interior towards the advancement of Historic Pigtown,” said Ben Hyman, Executive Director of Pigtown Main Street. “Support from the Heritage Investment Grant will allow us to design signage that will direct heritage tourists and locals alike to historic sites in our community and tell the unique story of Pigtown.”
The Heritage Area also manages a small capital grant program that funds capital projects within the heritage area and facilitates local application to the State’s Maryland Heritage Area Association’s project grants. Visit www.explorebaltimore.org/about-us/grants for a list of grant recipients and more information about the heritage area’s grant programs.