Funds Available from Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Funds Available from Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Announces Additional Mini-Grant Round

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA), a state heritage area encompassing parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, announces an additional round for the FY09 mini-grant program.
HCWHA is offering competitive mini-grants of between $500 and $2,500 to heritage sites, non-profit organizations, and government units within the heritage area to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other heritage tourism-related initiatives that are consistent with the goals and priorities stated in the HCWHA management plan (available at www.heartofthecivilwar.org).
The mini-grant deadline for this newest grant round in FY09 is March 2, 2009. Mini-grant guidelines and applications are available on-line at www.heartofthecivilwar.org/about-the-heritage-area/grants-and-other-benefits/.
"This is a great opportunity for museums, municipalities, heritage groups, and other entities to receive financial assistance from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area," said Tom Riford the Chairman of the Washington County Delegation on the heritage area's board of directors. "Recent awarded grant funding has helped museums, towns, and events. We look forward to seeing the grant funding be awarded, to assist groups with their goals, which ultimately will help enhance the experience that visitors will have coming to Washington County, and the other counties in the heritage area."
Prospective mini-grant applicants are encouraged to contact the heritage area director, Elizabeth Scott Shatto, at info@heartofthecivilwar.org, or 301-600-4042 to discuss potential grant projects, or to request copies of the application and guidelines.
In 2006, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority certified the application of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area to become Maryland's 11th Certified Heritage Area. The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA) includes portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties, and encompasses the sites of three principal Civil War battles: Antietam, Monocacy and South Mountain, as well as the sites of numerous other smaller battles. The heritage area is rich in museums, history, heritage, and quality recreational opportunities for visitors and residents alike.
As a Certified Heritage Area, participating local jurisdictions, non-profits, businesses and individuals become eligible for grants, loans, tax credits or other benefit programs available through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. The heritage area was established to encourage regional leadership and partnerships in interpreting, promoting, and protecting the historic sites, traditions, and landscapes associated with some of the major events of the Civil War in Maryland.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau financially supports the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, providing a third of the heritage area's operating budget.
Leaders in tourism, historic preservation, Civil War history, and economic development in the three county region collaborated in the preparation of a Heritage Area Management Plan to guide efforts to enhance the visitor experience, encourage more active conservation of scenic landscapes, and preserve more of the region's historic buildings and sites related to the Civil War. This management plan, which is a requirement for State certification, serves as a guiding document for the HCWHA Certified Heritage Area. The plan describes the boundaries of the Certified Heritage Area and smaller "target investment zones" where special state financial and tax credit benefits are focused.
Grant funding is provided in part by State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.