Capital Grants for Historic Preservation Projects

Geddes Piper House, Chestertown, Kent CountyThe Maryland Historical Trust Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program provides support for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic properties.  Although in the past this program held an annual competitive grant round, supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly, for FY2013 MHT is making available approximately $135,000 which remains in the grant fund after completion or cancellation of past projects.


The FY 2013 Capital Grant Round is Now CLOSED.

For further information, contact Anne Raines, MHT Capital Grants and Loans Administrator, at (410) 514-7634 or

If you are a current grantee looking for information about reporting requirements, payment requests, contract questions, or other issues related to grant administration, please click here.

Eligible Activities

Eligible Activities

  • Acquisition, rehabilitation, and restoration of properties eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Pre-development costs directly associated with a project to rehabilitate or restore historic properties. Such pre-development costs may cover historic structure reports and studies, the preparation of plans and specifications, necessary archeological investigations, and reasonable fees for architectural, design, engineering and other special services.

Ineligible Activities

  • New Construction
  • Rehabilitation work that is already underway or has already been completed
  • Any work that has not been competitively procured according to MHT requirements
  • Projects that are not "capital" projects
  • Projects that do not conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation

See the current year’s application and guidelines for additional program details.

Applicant Eligibility

Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply for MHT Capital Grant funding.

Non-profit organizations and business entities must be in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, qualified to do business in Maryland and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations under the grant program. Contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to determine your organization’s status.

Private individuals and business entities may also sponsor Capital Grants, however, they should be aware that the selection criteria typically favor the selection of projects and properties owned or sponsored by non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions.

Structures used for religious purposes may be eligible for MHT grant assistance for exterior work only and will be reviewed by MHT on a case by case basis.

State and federally-owned properties typically do not receive funding through the program.

Award Amounts

Capital grant awards in the FY2013 grant round will range from $5,000 to $25,000. 


Matching Requirements

Local governments, business entities, and private individuals are required to provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds for their project.  These matching funds may consist of cash, an equivalent dollar value of in-kind contributions or a combination of both.  In general, projects which provide a maximum cash match receive greater scores in the selection process.  Funds from other state programs are not eligible as match.

Nonprofit organizations are not required to provide matching funds; however, matching funds are strongly recommended and will enhance the competitiveness of the application.

All proposed matching funds must be in hand at the time of application. If awarded funding, applicants will be required to document expenditure of all matching funds shown in the application's project budget on eligible work items.

Please review the application guidelines and instructions for a detailed list of eligible and ineligible costs.


Application Process and Timeline

A team of MHT staff will evaluate the applications based on the Trust's “Open Project Selection Criteria,” and present their recommendations to the MHT Board of Trustees.  The Board reviews the proposed awards and makes a recommendation to the Secretary of Planning for final approval of each grant. 

The FY2013 grant round will follow this schedule:

  • Early December: announcement of availability of grants; application materials available on MHT website
  • February 15, 2013: application deadline; completed grant applications must be postmarked on or before this date
  • Late April 2013: award announcement is made public; grant process for awardees begins


Special Requirements

Capital grant projects are expected to be consistent with preservation best practices and meet high preservation standards.   All project work must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. These standards provide guidance in developing appropriate approaches to the restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties. 

Easement Requirements

For the FY2013 funding cycle, grants will only be awarded to assist properties on which MHT already holds a Preservation Easement which is recorded in the local land records on or before the application postmark deadline of February 15, 2013.

Objects on which MHT already holds a Preservation Agreement, executed on or before the application postmark deadline of February 15, 2013, are also eligible.

MHT may require a modification to the easement or preservation agreement as a condition of funding.

Applicants should contact Amy Skinner, MHT Easements Administrator, at (410) 514-7632 or to coordinate review of proposed work in accordance with the easement, prior to submission of a grant application.

Archeological Investigations

In many circumstances, archeological investigations must be conducted prior to construction work.  For those investigations that result in the recovery of artifacts, the artifacts must be conserved in a qualified facility, such as the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, according to theStandards and Guidelines, Technical Update No. 1: Collections and Conservation Standards (Revised, July 1, 2005).


This page updated: March 29, 2013