Grant Opportunities

As a certified Maryland Heritage Area, the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area offers the following grant programs and financial incentives to qualified organizations:

PVHA Mini-Grant Program

The Patapsco Valley Heritage Area (PVHA) Mini-Grant Program is designed to assist heritage-related sites, organizations, and municipalities to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other initiatives consistent with the regional goals and objectives stated within our state and county approved Management Plan.

The program, administered by the Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG), encourages mini-grant proposals that include:

  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Preservation enhancement
  • Stewardship of natural resources
  • Promotion of heritage tourism

FY24 Mini-Grant Applications are due by October 6, 2023.

For a list of FY23 awardees, check out our Press Release.

Refer to the following document links for our guidelines, application, and final report forms. Please note that any combination of cash and in-kind donations that meets the one-to-one match requirement are accepted for mini-grants.

Application Materials:

We are encouraging online submission via our website form here (scroll down and select the subject as mini-grant application in the "Apply for sponsorship or grant" form interface). If you prefer to complete a Word or PDF version of the form, these are available for download below. If you complete a Word or PDF version, please email the completed application to PHG Heritage Program Coordinator Kyla Cools.

FY24 PDF Application

FY24 Fillable PDF Application

FY24 Word Application

Reporting Materials:

PVHA Mini-Grant Final Report Form

PVHA Mini-Grant Final Budget Form

For Reference:

PVHA Mini-Grant Guidelines

PVHA Mini-Grant Scoring Rubric

Previously Funded PVHA Mini-Grants

MHAA Project Grants and Financial Incentives

Financial incentives for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program are awarded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). For a full list of complete financial incentives in Maryland Heritage areas, see here.

To apply, an organization must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be located within the boundaries of a certified Heritage Area, or
  • Have a project that takes place within the boundaries of a certified Heritage Area.

MHAA provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to nonprofit organizations and government entities for capital and non-capital projects located within a Heritage Area. Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural or natural resources, sites, events or facilities.

PHG, as the managing entity of the PVHA, works with local partners to develop their MHAA project grants. Additionally, the PVHA local grant review panel provides feedback to applicants in order to strengthen their applications.

Full details are available in the MHAA project grant guidelines.