FY 2018 Heritage Area Mini-Grant Applications Available

Last Updated on Jul 19, 2017 at 9:10am | Tourism & Recreation

Applications are now being taken for the Heritage Area's mini-grant program.
 
The Heritage Area's mini-grant program is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $2,000 designed to provide funding for innovative projects. These projects may be exhibits, tours, marketing, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Management Plan. Our themes include Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should seek to attract cultural heritage tourists to the region.

NEW for FY 2018! You may complete your application online. Click here to begin your application. It is recommended that you complete your application in Word or Notepad and then paste your responses into the online form. You can also download and submit a paper application.
 
Does your project fit the mini-grant program guidelines?
 
--Applicant is a local jurisdiction or non-profit
--Proposal is consistent with interpretive themes, programs, projects and activities in the heritage area Management Plan
--Utilizes collaborative partnerships
--Enhances heritage tourism by visitors and residents
--Leverages other funding
--Demonstrate ability of applicant to initiate, administer and complete project within proposed time frame
   (funds must be expended by May 15, 2018), including the submission of the final report due June 15, 2018.
--Applicant or project location is within the Target Investment Zones (TIZs): Active or Programmed
--Project must not begin before the grant award is announced
 
 
Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017. For questions, contact Jen Durben at jen@garrettchamber.com or 301-387-5238.
 
Examples of Past Mini-Grant Awards:
 
--New Germany Historic Schoolhouse Interpretive Sign - $627.50 for the creation of the new interpretive sign at the state park.
--20th Anniversary Posters & Promotion - $1,399.00 for Our Town Theatre to commemorate their 20th anniversary with
   promotional materials including posters and post cards.
--Civil War Days Re-Enactment -$2000.00 for the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Jones-Imboden raid\
   on the B&O Railroad and town of Oakland which occurred during the Civil War.
--Oakland Historic Walking Tour Guides - $770.00 for the updating and printing of the Historic Oakland Walking Tour brochure.
--Barn Quilt Project, Tourism Expansion - $2000.00 to develop interpretive signage placed at each barn quilt location.
   In addition, tour maps and activity books will be updated.
--Traveling 219 - Heritage Stories - $1200.00 to develop multi-media documentation and historical contexts highlighting
   the historic, recreational and --cultural characteristics found along US Route 219 in Garrett County.

For more examples, click here.