Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area Announces FY2022 Mini-Grant Program

Jul 19, 2021

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 $3,000.00 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’re excited 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.  A workshop schedule will be released soon for anyone interested in learning more about the program and how it may benefit you. Or call or email 301-387-5238 or kim@garrettchamber.com  Applications and guidelines are available online at www.garrettheritage.com. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2021 by 4:00pm.

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

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is one of 13 Heritage Areas certified by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a program of the Maryland Historical Trust. Established in September of 2011 and managed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s mission is to engage public and private partners in the commitment to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the largest professional business association in the region with 600 members representing every industry in the community.  The mission of the Chamber is to organize, support and represent Garrett County’s business community in advancing common interests and additionally to promote Garrett County’s hospitality and recreation industry by attracting visitors to the county through comprehensive marketing. The Garrett County Chamber also serves as the Destination Marketing Organization and Heritage Area Management entity for the County.

For more information on the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, please visit www.garrettheritage.com. For information about the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, log onto www.visitdeepcreek.com.