Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Offers Grant Workshops

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Offers Grant Workshops

(Hagerstown and Frederick, MD)- The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA), a State of Maryland-certified heritage area encompassing parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, announces grant-training workshops scheduled for:
Tuesday, December 2, 2008- 10am
Carroll County Farm Museum (Grier Room)
500 South Center Street, Westminster
Wednesday, December 3, 2008- 3pm
Grantseeker's Resource Center, C. Burr Artz Public Library 110 E. Patrick Street, Frederick This program will also include an orientation to the newly established Grantseeker's Resource Center.
Thursday, December 4, 2008- 10am
Washington County Rural Heritage Museum
7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro MD
The workshops are free and open to representatives of non-profit organizations or government units that may be interested in applying to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) for grants to support projects in FY10. The Maryland Heritage Areas Program awards competitive non-capital grants of up to $50,000 and capital grants of up to $100,000.
Heritage Area Director, Liz Shatto, encourages potential applicants to attend one of the workshops and become familiar with the Heart of the Civil War Management plan, now available at www.heartofthecivilwar.org. She says, "The most competitive proposals are those that reflect the priorities described in our management plan." Additionally, the MHAA will give greater consideration to applications for FY10 projects that (1) contribute to the commemoration of the War of 1812 in Maryland, (2) contribute to the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Maryland and/or (3) assist in interpreting the life, work and legacy of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and that will contribute to upcoming commemorative events marking the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death in 2013.
The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area has established a timeline for FY10 MHAA proposals including three grant-training opportunities. Grant drafts, which are strongly encouraged but not mandatory, are due on February 9, 2009. The deadline for final applications is March 2, 2009. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority will determine grant decisions in mid-July.
The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area promotes the stewardship of historic, cultural, and natural Civil War resources, encourages superior visitor experiences, and stimulates tourism, economic prosperity, and educational development, thereby improving the quality of life of our community for the benefit of both residents and visitors. The heritage area offers grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations in Washington, Frederick, and Carroll Counties.
The single bloodiest day in American history took place at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, but there were dozens of other battles, skirmishes, and important actions that took place in the three-county area during the Civil War. No other part of Maryland saw as much conflict. "This is an exciting time as our heritage area looks ahead to the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War starting in 2009 with events commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, including many incidents that happened in Washington County, and in other parts of Maryland," said Tom Riford. Riford is the president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and the chairman of the Washington County Delegation of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. "The CVB encourages non-profits and municipalities to explore receiving grant assistance from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area."
To learn more about these opportunities, and to access grant guidelines and applications, visit www.heartofthecivilwar.org. (click on "About the Heritage Area' and "Grants and Other Benefits") or go to www.marylandhistoricaltrust.net. MHAA project grant applications and guidelines will be available online by mid-November.
Reservations for the grant workshops are requested but not required. To RSVP or obtain additional information, contact Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Director, Liz Shatto, at lshatto@fredco-md.net or 301-600-4042.