Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area to offer Project Ideas & Information Webinar

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area will be offering a free webinar on Tuesday, December 19th to encourage heritage project development and access to grant funding.

“The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is now 6 years old and we have seen amazing developments of our heritage and cultural resources in Garrett County since the inception of the Heritage Area,” said Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director. “We want to encourage that development to continue by showcasing past projects, nurturing the creation of new project ideas and sharing information on accessing the MHAA grant program to fund those projects.”

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY19 Project Grant program will be open for applications in late January and Garrett County organizations are encouraged to submit projects for funding. The webinar will provide a general overview of the grant program as well as an idea session to inspire creativity in local organizations for projects that may receive grant funds, including: eligibility information, past project examples, and the importance of utilizing our four heritage area themes of transportation, historic recreation, man & nature, and cultural uniqueness in the project submission.

The MHAA Project Grant program provides funding up to $50,000 for non-capital and $100,000 for capital heritage projects located within the 13 heritage areas. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component or contribute to research that will directly inform a heritage tourism product.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, December 19th at 2pm. To register for this grant webinar or for questions, contact Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director at or call 301-387-5238. To learn more about this and other grant opportunities, visit

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce which supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.  As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense of community pride.