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Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce it has recently awarded Heritage Fund grants totaling $21,500 to nine nonprofit organizations and local governments. The Heritage Fund provides funds for preservation projects and organizations for a variety of purposes – from emergency repairs to case studies – and range from $500 to $5000.
$1,000 Apples United Church of Christ, Frederick Co.
$3,000 Chesapeake Conservancy, Harford/Cecil Co.
$4,000 City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.
$2,500 Cromwell Valley Park Council, Baltimore Co.
$2,000 Historic Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.
$2,500 Parks and People Foundation, Baltimore City
$2,000 Royal Oak Community UM Church, Talbot Co.
$3,000 St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, Prince George’s Co.
$1,500 Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Anne Arundel Co.
Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce it has awarded grants totaling $ 20,000 to eight nonprofit organizations and local governments through its Heritage Fund grant program. The Heritage Fund supports preservation projects and organizations through grants that are awarded for a variety of purposes – from emergency repairs to case studies – and range from $ 500 to $ 5,000.
The fund provides direct assistance for the protection of endangered cultural resources and promotes innovative demonstration projects that can be successfully replicated to meet Maryland’s historic preservation needs. Along with historic sites, buildings, districts, and objects, projects benefiting archaeological resources are eligible for funding. This initiative is jointly sponsored by Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust.
In 1996, the two organizations established the grant program to assist local governments and preservation organizations with projects that would not typically be funded by either group’s existing programs. The grants have often been used as matching funds and seed money to initiate or support projects in their infancy or preliminary stages. Projects supported by the fund include bricks and mortar preservation and restoration, heritage tourism, organizational development, and educational, research and planning efforts related to resource preservation.
Heritage Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations.
$ 3,000 Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
$ 2,000 Calvert Marine Museum Society
$ 3,000 Captain Avery Museum
$ 2,000 Coastal Heritage Alliance
$ 2,000 Empire Homes of Maryland
$ 3,000 Sweet Prospect Baptist Church
$ 2,000 Thurmont First
$ 3,000 Warren United Methodist Church
The next deadline for grant applications is February 1, 2013. For further information about the Heritage Fund program, please visit www.PreservationMaryland.org or contact Marilyn Benaderet, Preservation Services Director, Preservation Maryland at 410-685-2886 x303 or email@example.com.
It was 1937 when the first families moved into the planned community of Greenbelt. Located in Prince George’s County, the community is one of three “green” towns planned in 1935-1936 under Rexford Guy Tugwell, head of the United States Resettlement Administration during the New Deal Era. Along with its sister cities, Greenhills, Ohio and Greendale, Wisconsin, Greenbelt was built to provide work and affordable housing for federal government workers in nearby Washington, D.C. It was intended to address housing shortage and the resulting societal and health issues believed to stem from overcrowded and substandard housing.
Although designed by the federal government, it was expected that the public cooperative community would ideally become self-sufficient and prosperous. It was arranged in the garden city method as a self-contained community surrounded by a literal “greenbelt” of space for parks and recreation, and agriculture. The government initially constructed 574 rowhouses, 306 apartment units and a few pre-fabricated detached homes. Around 5,000 people applied for these homes. The families were interviewed and screened and although African Americans helped to build Greenbelt they were not allowed to live there until the early 1960s.
Today Greenbelt continues the experiment in cooperative community living. The Greenbelt Historic District contains the original core around which the larger city of Greenbelt has expanded with many of the earliest buildings retaining original features. Most of these are owned by Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI), whose mission statement directs that they will “provide quality cooperative housing, in perpetuity.”
GHI has recently undertaken a project to conduct a district wide energy audit to identify energy efficiency strategies that retain the historic fabric of their homes. Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust recently awarded a Heritage Fund grant of $ 2,500 to support an energy efficiency evaluation in anticipation that the project may be replicable in historic communities across the state and country.
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.
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!
The deadline to apply for a Heritage Fund grant is approaching fast. The Heritage Fund awards up to $5,000 to non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions for capital and non-capital historic preservation projects. The Fund is intended to serve the needs of tangible cultural resources in Maryland that may not be met through other funding programs.
Projects eligible for funding include acquisition and/or stabilization of endangered historic properties; bricks and mortar repairs and restoration; and education, research and planning efforts related to resource preservation. Please see the Heritage Fund Guidelines and Procedures for a full listing of projects eligible for funding.
Our Selection Committee will meet in mid-October to review applications for funding. Projects are evaluated on a competitive basis according to their urgency for financial need; administrative capability of the application and the extent to which the project stimulates or promotes other preservation activities. For a full listing of grant awards criteria click the link listed above for the Heritage Fund Guidelines and Procedures.
For further information please go to the funding section of Preservation Maryland’s website.
Marilyn Benaderet, Preservation Services Director
While the weather has gotten cooler and, at least as I write this, wet and dreary again, there is warmth and cheer to be found in hearing about chances to fund and promote your preservation projects and honor the excellence around you.
Funding: The last Maryland Historical Trust Grants Workshop will be held in Easton on September 28 . If you have not attended one yet, it’s a great chance to hear about lots of funding sources in one place. Click here for more information and to register for the workshop.
Preservation Maryland’s grant program, the Heritage Fund, is approaching the October 1st deadline for its fall cycle. Heritage Fund Grants award up to $5,000 and there are three funding cycles annually. Visit our website for more information or contact Marilyn Benadaret at 410-685-2886 ext. 303.
The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is seeking grant applications. Grants are available for capital and non-capital projects related to the War of 1812 bicentennial observance. Nonprofit organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies may apply for matching grants in amounts of up to $250,000. The application period closes November 1st with awards announced in February of 2012. Applications and guidelines are available at Star-Spangled 200, Inc.
If you’re in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, they have announced the guidelines and criteria for the FY2012 Mini-grant program. Mini-grant awards of up to $2,500 are available for projects within the heritage area that incorporate regional historic, cultural, and natural resources, collaborative partnerships, and the heritage area’s regional interpretive themes. Visit the Four Rivers Heritage Area website to download the grant criteria and application form. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 7, 2011.
Promote: It’s the final chance this year to help boost the profile of a site near and dear to you through the Endangered Maryland program. The goal of Endangered Maryland is to raise awareness of some of the state’s most threatened historic and cultural sites. The nomination form is available on our website and contains information about selection criteria and what is needed to apply. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 28, 2011. The nomination process is designed to be simple and straight-forward. The form asks 10 questions to get more information about the site, the threats facing it, and what the future may hold. If you have any questions about the form or any other aspect of the Endangered Maryland program, please contact me at 410-685-2886 x302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honor: The Maryland Historical Trust is seeking nominations for their Annual Maryland Preservation Awards. The awards will be held on January 31, 2012 in Annapolis and the nomination deadline is October 14, 2011. Click here to download the 2012 nomination brochure and form
The most recent group of Heritage Fund grants approved by Preservation Maryland and co-administrator Maryland Historical Trust totals $20,000 for eight projects. The largest grant was for $3,000 to the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissionsto help pay for training of historic district commissioners. The grants were approved at the June 23 meeting of the review committee.
The awardees for this round are:
Anne Arundel County Trust: $2,500
Chesapeake Bay Field Lab: $2,500
Frostburg Museum Association: $2,500
Howard County Conservancy: $2,500
Kent County Arts Council: $2,500
Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions: $3,000
Roland Park Community Foundation: $2,500
Town of Easton: $2,000
More than $500,000 in Heritage Funds has been awarded in the past 10 years, making the fund among the largest source for historic preservation funding in Maryland. The deadline for the next grant applications is October 1, 2011. For further information contact me at 410-685-2886, ext 303 or email@example.com.