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Program to Fund $600,000 in Preservation Projects in FY21

(November 2, 2020) Crownsville, MD – The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) today announced several webinars over the next three months to learn about $600,000 in available funding for historic preservation grants through the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. Six webinars will be held between November 5, 2020 and January 27, 2021; applications for the grant funding can be submitted beginning February 2021.

The goal of this highly competitive program is to promote the preservation of properties that are listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district. Grants up to $100,000 are available for acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation projects of eligible properties. Predevelopment costs can also be funded for some projects. Eligible applicants include nonprofits, local governments, business entities, and individuals.

Project selection will be based on the property’s relative historical or cultural significance, urgency or need of the project, and a public benefit component that meets the mission and goals of MHT. Grant projects selected for funding will be announced summer 2021.

Applications will be available on the MHT grant webpage: https://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml beginning Monday, February 8, 2021. The deadline for submitting an application is 11:59 pm on Monday, March 22, 2021. The application must be submitted through MHT’s online grant application portal. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Guidelines, eligibility information, and the link to the online portal are available on the MHT Historic Preservation Capital Grants Program website at https://mht.maryland.gov/grants_capital.shtml.

Webinars are free, but registration is required. Registration links can be found in the descriptions below and also on the MHT Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program website at https://mht.maryland.gov/grants_capital.shtml. Attendance is limited to 100 guests per webinar.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 – 10:30am –12:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: General Overview

Learn about eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria; and more.

Register here: https://forms.gle/acSG5i6oe25y2y2U7

Friday, November 13, 2020 – 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: Application Workshop

This interactive session will use sample application answers to offer tips for approaching your preservation project and grant application. Attendees are encouraged to bring project-specific questions.

Register here: https://forms.gle/3WjMRjHDWhHWGZjD9

Monday, November 16, 2020 – 10:30am – 12:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: Preservation Easement Q&A

Learn about the process involved in conveying a preservation easement to MHT and how the easement fits into grant project timelines. This session is intended primarily as a Q&A webinar for applicants whose properties do not yet have a preservation easement through MHT.

Register here: https://forms.gle/SCn98ft7AqQBumW46

Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: Religious Sites Q&A

Grant projects involving religious sites have special requirements and considerations for eligible work, organizational documents, and approaches to public benefit. MHT grants staff are partnering with representatives from Partners for Sacred Spaces to share tips and resources for enhancing your preservation and history outreach impact. Attendees are encouraged to share their own preservation successes and network at the end of the session.

Register here: https://forms.gle/2571bqanFUr4Ni4N7

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: General Overview

Learn about eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria, and more.

Register here: https://forms.gle/Hk1biqFkU7Lka7tZ7

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – 10:30am – 12:00pm
Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program: Match Requirements Q&A

Learn about eligible matching funds and requirements for documenting match. Local governments, businesses, and individuals must provide match; non-profit applicants are not required to provide match.

Register here: https://forms.gle/WCFbssv4yQxRyvTC8


The Maryland Historical Trust is an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning. MHT was formed in 1961 to assist the people of Maryland in identifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting, and interpreting the state’s significant prehistoric and historic districts, sites, structures, cultural landscapes, heritage areas, cultural objects and artifacts, as well as less tangible human and community traditions. Through research, conservation and education, MHT assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage.

For more information about the grant program, please contact Barbara Fisher, Capital Grant Administrator at barbara.fisher@maryland.gov.