Each of Maryland’s thirteen heritage areas is run by a locally designated management entity,
certified by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). Management entities may receive
MHAA matching grant funding for support of their operations, marketing, and management plan
updates. The management entities work together as the Maryland Heritage Areas Coalition to share information, partner on
multi-heritage area activities, and support the statewide system of Heritage Areas.
Grants for Management Entities
Management Grants. Grants for up to $100,000, with a required one-to-one match,
are available to support the operations of a certified Heritage Area management entity. Eligible
activities can include salary and benefits for staff, and employer taxes; contracted services;
printing; postage; telephone; website maintenance; staff training and conferences; expenses of
workshops and training hosted by the Heritage Area; equipment purchase, lease, installation or
maintenance; software purchase, lease, updates; utility costs; travel and transportation costs;
qualifying memberships and dues; fundraising and development activities; insurance; audits; and
general office supplies. Management grant funds may not be utilized for capital, marketing or
programming activities. See the MHAA management grant guidelines for full details.
Marketing Grants. Grants for up to $50,000, with a required one-to-one match,
are available to the Heritage Area management entity or their partner Destination Marketing
Organization(s), to support the marketing of Heritage Area-wide products, advertising and
promotion. Marketing grant funds may not be utilized for the marketing of individual sites
or activities. See the MHAA marketing grant guidelines for full details.
Management Plan Grants. Grants are available for up to 50% of the
cost to develop or update of a Heritage Area Management Plan.