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The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications. The mini-grant program is a one to one cash or in-kind matching grant for up to $2,000.00 designed to provide funding for non-capital projects including innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness.

“We are pleased to once again offer the mini-grant program to the local community”, said Kim Folk, Heritage Area & Groups Director. “These projects will help foster heritage tourism and boost awareness for our residents.”

Projects should seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible.  Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations.  Applications and guidelines are available online at The deadline to apply is September 30, 2020 by 4:00pm.

An online informational meeting will be held via Zoom for anyone interested in learning more about the program on Thursday, August 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. You must register to receive a link for the meeting. Register at or contact Kim Folk, or 301-387-5238 for more information or to find out how your project fits the criteria.

The Mini-Grant Program is funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.