Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grants
Letter of Intent Deadline – January 2019
Application to Heritage Area – March 2019

Are you a non-profit or local government in need of funding for capital and non-capital projects relating to the preservation of historical, archeological, natural and cultural resources and heritage  tourism?

The Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area is now seeking matching grant applications for projects that enhance heritage tourism, museum programming, stewardship, and community heritage activities in Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Nonprofit groups and governmental agencies may compete for up to $100,000 in statewide grants administered by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA).

Applicants for the grants must be located in the state-certified portion of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, which currently includes most unincorporated areas of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. It also includes the following towns: Betterton, Centreville, Chestertown, Denton, Easton, Federalsburg, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Hillsboro, Millington, Oxford, Preston, Queen Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Sudlersville, and Tilghman Island.

Project applications are first reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. (ESHI), which is the managing entity for the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. Funds would be available to successful applicants in early 2018; matching funds may be spent after grants are awarded in Mid -July 2017.

Project requirements include grantees providing a match of at least 100 percent. A minimum of 75 percent of the match must be in cash; the remainder may be in donated services and products or volunteer labor. Non-capital grants of up to $50,000 are available for planning, design, interpretation, and programming.

Capital grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects designated as Heritage Area Target Investment Priorities for acquisition of real property, development, rehabilitation, restoration, and pre-development project costs such as the preparation of specifications, architectural designs, or engineering. 

All applicants are strongly advised to discuss grant ideas with representatives from the Heritage Area. 

Contact the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area for a consultation appointment at 410-778-1460 or e-mail

To access the on -line application, application guidelines, intent to apply form and to register for grant training go to



Small Grant Application Timeline

 Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area is pleased to be able to offer up to $15,000 in small grants for heritage projects within the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area.  These grants cannot exceed $2,500 each and organizations must demonstrate a dollar-for-dollar cash match to qualify.

Small Grant Deadlines

Aug. 25 2018
Application Released

Oct. 9, 2018 
Grant application postmark deadline: Applications must be postmarked by this date if mailed.  All mailed applications must be addressed to: 
Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area
PO Box 727
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

Oct. 2018 
SCHA Grants Committee ranks grant requests

Nov. 26, 2018
SCHA Board meeting – approval of Small Grant awards 

Nov. 28, 2018
SCHA mails announcement of Small Grant awards to requestors.
Grant expenditures and matches may not begin until award is  announced.

Nov – Dec. 2018
Grant Agreements mailed to grantees

Initial disbursement of Small Grant payments (50% of grant amount).  

July 2019
Project Completion

July 31 2019
Final report due.  Final payment is not made until the project is complete and final report paperwork and receipts are submitted. 

Final Management Plan:
Five Year Strategic Plan FY2013-FY2017