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Preservation Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust, recently awarded 10 grants totaling more than $ 18,000 to assist historic preservation projects across the state. The Heritage Fund grants range from $ 500 to $5,000 and supports capital and non-capital preservation projects. The next deadline for applications is October 1st. Please contact me if you have projects in need of assistance.
Applicant: Alice Ferguson Foundation, Inc.
Contact: Lori Arguelles, 301-292-5665
Grant Award: $ 1,000
The Alice Ferguson Foundation was awarded a grant of $ 1,000 to assist with the cost of chimney repair caused by the August 2011 earthquake. The Foundation operates Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, an educational site designed to promote understanding and stewardship of the Potomac River watershed and farming practices. Located across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, the log cabin and farmhouse both date from the early 20th century.
Applicant: Asbury United Methodist Church
Contact: Mary Grinnel, 443-480-2883
Grant Award: $ 2,400
Asbury United Methodist Church was awarded a grant of $2,400 to complete a structural assessment necessary to plan for the stabilization and restoration of the bell tower and adjoining roof. Built in 1879, the church is one of the oldest, continuously operating African American congregations in Kent County, Maryland.
Applicant: Greenbelt Homes, Inc.
Contact: Eldon Ralph, 301-474-4161, x148
Grant Award: $ 2,500
Greenbelt Homes was awarded a grant of $ 2,500 to assist with the cost of hiring a consultant to conduct energy audits and to formulate strategies to improve energy efficiency of homes while maintaining the historic fabric of the community, primary composed of two-story townhouse units.
Applicant: Historic Easton, Inc.
Contact: Ronald Mitchell, 410-819-8007
Grant Award: $ 1,500
Historic Easton was awarded a grant of $ 1,500 to conduct a geotechnical study to evaluate subsoil conditions in preparation for design of underpinning for the east end of the Miller’s house. The Georgian Colonial Wye Miller’s house dates from the mid 18th century and is one of the few remaining houses that exist in its original context with the mill.
Applicant: Hosier Memorial United Methodist Church
Contact: Daniel Shoemaker, III, 410-397-3555
Grant Award: $ 2,500
Hosier Memorial United Methodist Church was awarded a grant of $ 2,500 to assist with the exterior restoration of the church. Built in 1900, the church’s exterior retains a high degree of original fabric which has recently been uncovered with the removal of vinyl siding.
Applicant: Kennard Alumni Association
Contact: Clayton Washington, 443-239-2110
Grant Award: $ 1,000
Kennard High School Association was awarded a grant of $ 1,000 to assist with the cost of an oral history project focusing on alumni who until 1966 attended the segregated school for African American students. The school building is currently being restored to be used as a museum and community center.
Applicant: Main Street Middletown
Contact: Becky Reich, 301-371-6171, x 22
Grant Award: $ 2,000
Main Street Middletown was awarded a grant of $ 2,000 to assist design and formatting of a design guidelines booklet for the Middletown Historic District. The district contains a wide range of architectural styles with buildings from the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The booklet will contain explanations and descriptions of architectural styles and buildings, maintenance guidelines and other useful information to property stewards in the Main Street district.
Applicant: Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association, Inc.
Contact: Elisabeth Deal, 301-570-7049
Grant Award: $1,000
The Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association was awarded a grant of $ 1,000 to assist with the cost of restoring Falling Green, the ca. 1770 Georgian home of Quaker planter, Basil Brooke. Once restored, it will be used as the administrative offices of the Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association.
Applicant: Town of Ridgely
Grant Award: $ 2,000
The Town of Ridgely was awarded a grant of $ 2,000 to assist with the costs of roof repairs to the railroad station. The 1892 station is currently located in the Historic Railroad Park.
Applicant: St. Peter the Apostle Church
Contact: Fr. Mark A. Kelleher, 410-758-0143
Grant Award: $ 2,500
St. Peter the Apostle Church was awarded a grant of $ 2,500 to assist with the costs of exterior woodwork repair and painting and mortar repointing of St. Peter’s Church. The Victorian Gothic church, built in 1832, is home to one of the oldest Catholic communities in the United States.
I recently completed historic preservation commission workshops presented by the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC). The training is targeted toward historic preservation commissioners, staff, code officers, elected officials, and attorneys. The pilot program is located on the Eastern Shore with plans to replicate the training around the state.
The training initiative is comprised of an online tutorial (and companion manual) and two on-site workshops. The online tutorial introduces and reviews core concepts and principles of historic preservation and roles and responsibilities of the commission. The accompanying manual includes the following topics and more: legal fundamentals and special legal issues; designation, protection and treatment of historic properties; and project review. Two on-site workshops focus on design review and legal issues. The workshops are an opportunity for commissioners and staff to share best practices and define and discuss objective procedures resulting in defensible decision making that is fair and uniform across the board.
There are still opportunities to complete this training. The on-line component and manual are available on MAHDC’s website – www.mahdc.org. The schedule for the remaining on-site workshops is also available there. I strongly encourage all historic preservation commissioners, staff and anyone interested in how commissions work to sign up for an upcoming session.
As February gives way to March I want to be sure to spread the word about the Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund available through the National Trust for Historic Preservation specifically for sites on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, south of the C&D Canal. The grant application deadline of June 1st is fast approaching so now is the time for organizations to begin thinking about projects and developing their applications. Grant awards range from $5000 to $25,000 and are available to public agencies, 501 (c) (3) and other nonprofit organizations. The purpose is to “enable local groups to respond proactively to a preservation challenge by providing funding for property acquisition, bricks and mortar preservation, and technical assistance, while building public awareness of the value of preserving the Eastern Shore’s unique heritage.”
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to match the grant on a dollar for dollar basis and a cash match is required for at least 50% of the funds awarded. This match can come from both public and private sources (including Preservation Maryland’s Heritage Fund) and the remaining 50% match may come from qualified in-kind service or material donations. Sites visits are conducted in July and applicants are notified of their award in August of the same year. For complete details regarding the Bartus Trew grant and the application itself, please follow the link included in this blog.
This is a wonderful resource available to us here on the Eastern Shore and one of the few dedicated grant funds created specifically for our region. The awards have been used for a variety of important projects from the restoration of historic skipjacks, to the acquisition of threatened properties to the development of a training program for historic district commissions. I encourage you to read through the application and see how these funds could assist a project that is of interest to you!
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