Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

As hurricane season approaches, the danger of flooding or other weather-related damage to historic resources goes way up. In the event of a weather event, these fact sheets have been developed by the Maryland Historical Trust to assist property owners/occupants dealing with historic resources damaged by flooding.

Resources for Historic Properties Impacted by Flooding

Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

State and federal preservation tax incentives are a tool that may be used to assist owners of certified historic properties as they undertake rehabilitation projects following a flooding event.

Whether you are planning to rehabilitate your primary or secondary residence or a commercial property, you may have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Please note that Rehabilitation Tax Credits are awarded based on the eligible rehabilitation costs of completed projects and therefore do not provide any upfront financial assistance for the project.

While participation in the tax credit program requires prior approval of work, we encourage anyone who has experienced storm damage to their historic buildings to contact our staff by telephone or email to gain information on ways we might be of assistance in the expedition of approvals or streamlining of our review process for emergency work. Appropriate staff contact information for the programs, depending on property types, may be found in the links below.

In addition, if you have an open tax credit application, but experience damage to your property, you should contact appropriate staff for guidance even if you expect all damage to be covered by insurance.


If your property was impacted by a severe weather event, you may be eligible to apply for African American Heritage Preservation Program or Maryland Heritage Area funds outside the normal grant cycle. Funds for an eligible project could be available within months of the submission of an application. For more information, please see:

The MHT Capital Grant Program is not offering emergency grants at the present time. Please check the MHT Capital Grants web page for updates on availability of funding.

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