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Capital Grants

Sotterley Plantation gatehouse project. Photo provided by Nancy Easterling.

The Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program promotes the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties in Maryland. Eligible properties are limited to those which are listed in or eligible for the Maryland Register, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district.

Application Process

The Intent to Apply will be available in early November; the deadline will be 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018. The full application will be released in January 2018; the deadline will be 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Only applicants who have submitted an Intent to Apply will be able to submit an application.

The Intent to Apply must be submitted through our online grant application portal. That link can be found on the MHT grants page

For Program Guidelines and a Quick Start Guide, which includes instructions for the online grant application, please check the left-hand sidebar on this page.

We strongly suggest that you attend a workshop, review the guidelines, and contact Charlotte Lake, MHT Capital Grants Administrator at (410) 697-9559 for guidance prior to submitting an application.


Workshops for the FY2018 grant round will be held November of 2018; locations and details are shown below. To RSVP, please call Kathy Monday at 410-697-9575; please specify which workshop you wish to attend. The workshops will cover eligibility, grantee requirements, tips on developing your project, and guidance on filling out the online application.

Monday, November 13, 2017
2 pm – 4 pm
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)
14300 St. Thomas Church Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(on-site parking)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Allegany Museum (2nd floor ballroom)
3 Pershing Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
(no on-site parking; on-street, surface lot, and garage parking are available nearby)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Sheppard Pratt Health System – Towson Campus
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21204
(on-site parking)

Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Dorchester Center for the Arts (2nd floor performance space)
321 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
(no on-site parking; on-street and municipal surface parking lots are available nearby)

Eligible Applicants

The following entity types are eligible for this program. All applicants should be aware that the project must have a demonstrated public benefit in order to be competitive.

  • Nonprofits
  • Local governments
  • Business entities
  • Individuals

State and federal government entitites are eligible to apply as nonprofits; however, projects involving state and federally owned properties cannot comply with the requirement to convey a perpetual preservation easement to MHT and therefore are not expected to rank highly enough for funding.

Grant Amounts and Matching Requirements

The program has received an appropriation of $600,000 for FY2018 for grants of up to $100,000 per project per year. All applicants except for nonprofit organizations are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar match.

Eligible Projects

The following capital project types are eligible for assistance. All projects must be capital projects on a property that is eligible for or listed on the Maryland Register. Projects must also have a strong public benefit in order to be competitive.

  • Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation or restoration
  • Predevelopment costs such as studies, surveys, plans and specifications, and architectural, engineering, or other special services directly related to pre-construction work for a capital project (predevelopment costs are only eligible costs for nonprofit organizations and local government applicants)

Work, or a discrete phase of work, that is already underway or completed is not eligible for grant funding.

A complete list of eligible and ineligible costs is available in the Guidelines.

All projects funded through this program are subject to MHT review through the easement program and must comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR 68).

Eligible Properties

  • Structures used for religious purposes are generally eligible for assistance for exterior work only and are reviewed for eligibility on a case by case basis. Spaces used primarily for religious purposes or elements bearing religious imagery are not eligible for funding.
  • The permission of the property owner to undertake the project must be secured in writing and provided as part of the grant application.
  • A perpetual preservation easement on the assisted property must be conveyed to MHT. For more information, visit the Easements page.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation criteria are noted in the Guidelines.

Other Requirements

Additional information regarding grantees’ responsibilities, including competitive procurement of services, , reporting, etc. is provided in the program Guidelines and Manual of Program Requirements. Additional information about preservation easements is available on our Easements page.