The Maryland Historical Trust announces a competitive application process to award grant assistance to Hurricane Sandy-affected properties, areas, districts or jurisdictions in Maryland through the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant Program for historic properties. The program, made available by the National Park Service, funds grants between $10,000 and $150,000. Applications are due May 2, and no matching funds are required.
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy brought high winds, heavy rain, snow, and flooding to Maryland; although the storm’s effects varied across the state, few communities were spared.
Public Law 113‐2 appropriated $50 million from the Historic Preservation Fund for historic preservation projects providing relief for storm damages in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Later, available funds were reduced to $47.5 million.
Eligible applicants include state government agencies, local jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, business organizations and individuals. Organizations must be registered with SDAT and be in good standing.
Capital projects. Rehabilitation, restoration, preservation or physical protection of sites or structures, or pre-development or planning directly related to those capital activities, to assist properties impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A pre-development project consists of consulting services needed for a planned rehabilitation project, such as preparation of architectural and engineering drawings, or an archeological investigation on the property.
Properties must be listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as contributing structures within a historic district. Projects for which repair costs are fully covered by insurance proceeds or other state or federal funds should not apply.
Capital projects, except for state-owned properties, require the conveyance of a perpetual preservation easement to MHT on assisted properties. (Projects which are only pre-development or only non-capital costs do not require an easement.) The easement must be recorded before project can begin.
Non-capital projects. Documentation, studies, surveys, archeology, or planning activities not directly related to capital activities, the need for which was demonstrated by Hurricane Sandy, including projects which will assist with planning for future disasters in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the property was damaged in or affected by Hurricane Sandy. All work must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. Properties owned or operated by religious institutions, and any properties which are used predominantly for religious purposes regardless of ownership, are eligible for assistance only for non-capital or pre-development projects.
Federal requirements including competitive procurement, professional qualifications, project review and approval, and financial reporting must be met by the grantee.
This grant requires a grantee to pays up front for project costs and submit for reimbursement. We recommend that applicants should have access to funds of at least 25 percent of the proposed grant amount. Expenses incurred before a grant award is made, dating back to October 22, 2012, may be eligible for reimbursement under this grant only under certain specific circumstances.
Grant projects must be completed by September 30, 2015. Extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Application for funding must be made to the Maryland Historical Trust.
Applications must be submitted in hard copy and must be postmarked on or before Friday, May 2, 2014.
Depending on the demand for and availability of funds, a future application cycle may be conducted.
Contact Anne Raines, MHT Capital Grants and Loans Administrator, at 410-514-7634 to discuss projects prior to applying to ensure eligibility.
An informational workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Annapolis Public Library, located at 1410 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland. Register to attend.
A second workshop will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Allegany Museum located at 3 Pershing Street, Cumberland, Maryland. Register to attend.
There will be a third workshop on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 10:30 - 12:30 a.m. at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum located on Somers Cove Marina at the end of Ninth Street in downtown Crisfield, Maryland. Register to attend.