Garrett County Heritage Tourism Grants Awarded

Last Updated on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:25am | Tourism & Recreation

Article courtesy of The Cumberland Times-News.
The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded 50 matching grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions and tourism groups.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area received $100,000 for management services to promote heritage tourism.
The Mayor and Town Council of Oakland received $90,000 for a pedestrian gateway.
A $5,000 grant was awarded to the Garrett County Celtic Festival for a pilot Chautauqua event, Celtic Roots.
Jen Durben, heritage area and groups director, said, “We had diverse applications from throughout our heritage area this year and we are excited to have three projects awarded in another round of very tough competition.
“More than 100 applications were submitted totaling over $5.6 million in requested funds. Garrett County received a total of $195,000 of the $2.7 million awarded. These grants will allow the recipients to create new resources and expand awareness of heritage here in Garrett County.”
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the official management entity for the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and provides the matching funds for the match for the management grant. Durben administers the heritage area program and works with stakeholders by offering technical and grant assistance for heritage-elated initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the county.