News & Press Heritage Area Launches New Grant Program
November 6, 2014
The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is launching a new grant program to fund heritage tourism programs and products. The Heritage Investment Grant will provide “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 will be made available for operational support of qualified non-profits working in the field of heritage tourism.
“We are extremely excited to unveil this new grant program,” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “We have worked with our partners for over a decade with the goal of bringing more federal support from the National Park Service and Interior Department to our wonderful city. We are pleased that this grant program has finally come to fruition.”
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 the inaugural grant cycle, $100,000 will be available. The maximum grant request for a project is $15,000, and a 75 percent cash match is required. Grant requests for operational support are limited to $10,000.
The deadline for grant applications is December 19, 2014. BNHA expects to announce the first slate of grant recipients in early February 2015. A grant workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 19 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at the Carroll Mansion (800 E. Lombard St.). Visit the heritage area website for additional program details and to register for the November 19 workshop.