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Grants for Non-Capital Historic Preservation Projects

In FY2020, funding totaling $300,000 has been distributed from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund to the Maryland Historical Trust to be awarded as Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grants. The FY2020 Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grants round closed on September 3, 2019.

Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions may apply for Non-Capital Historic Preservation grants. Non-Capital grants provide support for a wide variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archeological, or cultural resources. Eligible activities may include preservation plans, historic and cultural resource surveys, educational outreach programs and National Register nominations.

Intent to Apply forms for Non-Capital Historic Preservation grants were due on July 12, 2019. The deadline for completed applications was September 3, 2019. The project selection process is ongoing and grant awards will be announced in the fall of 2019. The maximum grant award for Non-Capital historic preservation grants is $75,000.

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply for MHT Non-Capital grant funding. Nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations under the grant program. Organization status information can be obtained by contacting the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) at 301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-767-1184, or through its website at

Grant Amounts and Matching Requirements

Individual Non-Capital grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $75,000. The maximum Non-Capital grant award is $75,000. Applicants are encouraged to include itemized components, especially on large projects.

For grants to local jurisdictions, a dollar-for-dollar match is required of the grant recipient. This match may consist of cash, an equivalent dollar value of in-kind contributions, or a combination of both. In most cases, projects which provide an equivalent cash match will be given preference in selection for funding. Thus, match is strongly recommended; the existence of matching funds will enhance the competitiveness of the application. If awarded funding, applicants will be required to document all matching funds shown in the project budget.

Eligible Projects and Activities

Non-Capital grants are available for research, survey, documentation, conservation, planning and educational activities involving historic, architectural, archeological or cultural resources (i.e., the tangible remains of Maryland's past). It is strongly recommended that you contact MHT staff to discuss your project prior to submission of an application. Activities most commonly supported by Non-Capital grant funds include:

  • Identifying, documenting and evaluating standing structures through broad-based comprehensive surveys completed by qualified professionals to MHT's Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland;
  • Conducting broad-based, comprehensive archeological investigations to identify, evaluate and/or document the full range of prehistoric and/or historic archeological resources in a defined region of the State;
  • Researching, documenting and evaluating individual historic and archeological sites that are listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (e.g., historic structures reports and Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation);
  • Documenting oral traditions and cultural heritage in historic communities and traditional occupations as they may relate to historic places, especially in underserved communities (the curation of objects or collections is not an eligible activity);
  • Preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for historic districts or thematic groups of historic and cultural resources, or for highly significant individual properties;
  • Conducting thematic research that supports historic context development for more effective evaluation and protection of architectural, archeological or cultural resources;
  • Enhancing existing, systematically assembled (through excavation or survey) archeological collections from Maryland;
  • Undertaking regional, thematic or interdisciplinary projects to locate, identify, evaluate and prioritize heritage resources to aid in planning for the protection of these resources during Federal or State emergency response actions;
  • Developing preservation elements for local comprehensive growth management plans;
  • Developing design guidelines for historic districts and preservation commissions in communities that have historic area zoning ordinances consistent with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Article 66B, Section 8;
  • Producing heritage education materials directly related to architectural, archeological or cultural resources, ranging from publications to multimedia presentations;
  • Conducting programs specifically designed to engage the public in Maryland archeology, historic preservation and cultural conservation;
  • Preparing publications for a scholarly or general audience summarizing the current state of knowledge of Maryland’s architectural, archeological and cultural history at the statewide and regional level based on research and documentation developed in conjunction with MHT; and
  • Conducting resource specific studies that determine the fiscal impact and potential of heritage preservation activities (i.e., preservation plans, feasibility studies and assessments) for properties that are listed in or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged!

Bond-Simms Tobacco Barn, Greenwell State Park. Photo by William Graham, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2007.

FY2020 Funding Priorities

In FY 2020, special priority will be given to:

Broad-based and comprehensive archeological or architectural surveys (as opposed to surveys of limited or "development-defined" areas):

  • The overarching goal of such projects should be to identify and document previously unknown archeological sites and architectural resources in a systematic manner.
  • Projects in areas where less survey work has been carried out, or where surveys are significantly out-of-date are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as projects that will lead to new or significantly updated historic districts in the National Register of Historic Places.

Projects designed to assess, document, or address the impacts of natural disasters, ongoing natural processes, and/or climate change on threatened resources:

  • The overarching goal of such projects should be to assist State Agencies, local governments, non-profits, and others in efforts to monitor the impacts of changing environmental conditions on known archeological sites, architectural resources or unsurveyed areas likely to be abundant in historical and cultural resources, to assess those threats, and respond appropriately.
  • Priority will be given to work in areas that are poorly surveyed, that are known to have under-documented resource types, or that characterize underrepresented communities.

Projects that undertake in-depth architectural or archeological study of a specific topic, time period, or theme:

  • The overarching goal of such projects should be to develop a viable approach for focusing on a particular archeological or architectural subject in-depth.
  • Projects which explore topics that are poorly documented in MHT site files, or which develop historic contexts, will be strong contenders for grant funding.

Applications for projects that address these priorities will receive special consideration in the application ranking process.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MHT staff prior to application submission to discuss project eligibility and the proposed scope of work.

Project Selection Criteria, Program Requirements, and Eligible and Ineligible Costs

The evaluation criteria, program requirements, and eligible and ineligible costs are noted in the Guidelines.

Application Assistance

It is highly beneficial for applicants to contact MHT staff to discuss project proposals prior to submission of an application. For assistance in developing a scope of work and budget for your proposal, please contact the MHT staff member responsible for your project discipline:

For further assistance in the preparation of your application, please contact Karen Golder at 410-697-9550 or