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Capital Grants

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Historic Preservation Capital grants. Information about the next grant funding round will be posted here when available.

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.

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.