Grants for Tourism Projects Funded

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Roz Racanello, Executive Director,
PO Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637
Phone: 301-274-4083, Fax: 301-274-1924
Email: SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org

July 15, 2015

***PRESS RELEASE***

FY2016 MHAA Grants Press Release

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) announced today that four of the projects submitting grant applications for Fiscal Year 2016 will receive funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

These funds are made available to non-profits and government organizations inside the Heritage Area that seek to promote heritage tourism and economic development. Heritage tourism is defined as traveling to experience the places that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present – including historic, cultural and natural resources.

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area funds both capital and non-capital projects for sites that support cultural heritage activities across the three counties of Southern Maryland. The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium presented the projects to the Authority.

The Project Grant awards in Southern Maryland are:

Roz Racanello, the Executive Director of the Heritage Area, expressed her appreciation for these awards,

“We had an unprecedented number of top notch projects this year and feel fortunate to have gotten this many funded. It’s a significant boost for our progress as a heritage tourism destination and we are honored to receive this support from the MHAA.”

The SMHAC office also received funding for support of the Heritage Area office in the amount of $57,000 for the year, bringing the total award for the region to $204,910.

All those who wish to learn more about membership or future grant offerings should contact the Consortium by email, SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org or at 301-274-4083.
Additional information about the Southern Maryland Heritage Area is available on the web at: http://www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com.

The mission of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) is to enhance the economic activity of Southern Maryland through combining quality heritage tourism and small business development with preservation, cultural and natural resource conservation and education. The SMHAC receives support from the three county Boards of Commissioners, the MHAA, the Tri-County Council for Southern MD and private contributions.

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Roz Racanello
Executive Director
Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
PO Box 745
15045 Burnt Store Rd.
Hughesville, MD 20637
301-274-4083
www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com

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