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Seed Grants Available

August 15, 2018

Stakeholders and partners of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC),

The new and revised Seed Grant Application and Instructions for Calendar Year 2018 (FY 19) are now available for non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions within the Certified Southern Maryland Heritage Area.  These grants were formally known as “mini-grants” but as the funding level is now up to $5,000 the impact of these funds in our region has necessitated a name change to reflect the increased scope and importance of these projects.

Examples of non-capital programs and events that comprise eligible projects include heritage tours, public programs, signs and brochures, interpretive displays, speakers, reenactments, culinary or other types of cultural events, period music, crafts and other types of period demonstrations, and web enhancements.

It is preferred that grant applicants reach out to the SMHAC office before applying, so that we may verify eligibility and provide assistance with the grant application process.

Application deadline: September 14, 2018

Award notification: October 15, 2018

SMHAC FY 19 Seed Grant Instructions

SMHAC FY 19 Seed Grant APPLICATION

Phone: 301-274-4083     Email: SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org

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Maryland Heritage Area Grant Awards to Southern Maryland Exceed $300,000!

Hughesville, MD – The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium are pleased to announce the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant Awards for the Southern Maryland Region.  These awards usher in a new level of granting to the region, with $329,157.00 awarded to significant heritage tourism projects within Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County.  These grants constitute a project total of over $800,000 towards innovative tourism, excellence in cultural and natural resource conservation, and unique educational opportunities.

Grants were awarded to:

St. Mary’s College of Maryland – $30,000
“Commemorating Our Shared History: Slavery in Southern Maryland”

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Art Center – $72,577
“Tree-mendous Nature Trail & Pavilion”

Calvert Marine Museum – $50,000
“Solomons, A Water Community”

Smallwood State Park – $12,5000
“Condition Assessment of the John Grinder House”

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum – $48,080.00
“Exhibits Phase II”

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum – $10,000
“Interactive and Educational Components for the Smithsonian’s H2O Today Exhibition”

Calvert Nature Society – $20,000
“Assessing a Cypress Barn”

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium – $86,000
(Partnering with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and
Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties)
“Fiscal Year 2019 Management Grant for the Southern Maryland Heritage Area”

These grants represent a new level of funding for the region and reflect the doubling of funds available to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority this year. Organizations receiving grant awards throughout the State of Maryland include museums, parks, educational organizations and many other entities that protect and celebrate the unique qualities of each of the 13 Maryland Heritage Areas. These grant funds support projects and activities that attract visitors and increase product development in the region. The Southern Maryland Heritage Area shepherds the state level granting through their office before it is presented to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Commission. These grants have the capacity for $50,000 for non-capital projects and $100,000 for capital projects. Additionally, the Southern Maryland Heritage Area supports a smaller grant program directly from their office with grants up to $5,000 for regional heritage tourism projects. The new round of these local grants will be made available August 14, 2018 and will be due into the Southern Maryland Heritage Area office by September 14, 2018.

An award ceremony for the Southern Maryland grant awardees will be held in early December.

2017 Mini Grants are Awarded in Southern Maryland

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December 18, 2017

Hughesville, MD – The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium are pleased to announce the Mini Grant Awards for 2017!  In keeping with the mission of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium, this granting opportunity is focused on preserving the heritage of Southern Maryland through innovative tourism, excellence in cultural and natural resource conservation, and unique educational opportunities.

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium had its greatest response to the Mini Grant Program to date, with over $50,000 in grant requests.  This program has a current cap of $15,000 for Mini Grant awards.  Of the many excellent proposals received, the SMHAC Board of Directors selected the following organizations and programs to receive the 2017 Grant Awards:

Calvert County

The Arts Council of Calvert County

  • For the creation of the “Barn Quilt Trail” project with the goal of preserving and protecting the barns and craftsmanship of primitive arts in Southern Maryland.

Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

  • In support of the “2018 Speaker Series” which serves as an avenue for topics and speakers not always included in the regional dialogue.

Chesapeake Beach and Railway Museum

  • For the critical need of a comprehensive “Museum Interpretive Plan” that will address how best to engage and attract visitors to this unique historical site.

Charles County

The Piscataway – Conoy Tribe of Maryland

  • For the implementation of a segment of the “Through Piscataway Eyes” Master Plan, with a focus on a “Traditional Native Arts Display” at the Charles County Visitor Center.

Friends of Chapman State Park

  • For the program “The Culinary Story of Mount Aventine and Southern Maryland Cuisine” including culinary demonstration events featuring original recipes, and interpretation of how the use of the kitchen has evolved over two centuries.

St. Mary’s County

The Unified Committee for Afro-American Contribution

  • For the project “United States Colored Troops Interpretive Center Display” which will include research and documentation of African American life, history and culture.

Historic Sotterley, Inc.

  • In support of the “Common Ground, Connected Heritage Program” which builds on the Descendants Project, a program initiated to document the shared history of all Americans.

Each of the programs selected for an award will enhance the Southern Maryland experience for our visitors, residents, educators and businesses. An Award Ceremony is planned for February 2018.