Small Grant Application Timeline

Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area (SCHA)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 $5000 each and organizations must demonstrate a dollar-for-dollar match of which 40% must be cash to qualify.

Recent grants include oral histories, walking tour brochures, interpretative panels, and publication of research.  Eligible activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area Management Plan, which can be found at

Capital projects (i.e., “bricks and mortar” renovations, new construction, or purchase of property) are not eligible for a small grant.  Eligible projects include planning; design; the development and presentation of interpretive exhibits, interpretive signage, materials, or other relevant products which promote, interpret and preserve the resources found in the heritage area; and new or pilot programs that encourage revitalization of and reinvestment in heritage area resources such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, and festivals.

Small Grant Timeline

Dec. 2023               Application Released

Jan.22, 2024           Grant application deadline:

Jan./Feb. 2024       SCHA Grants Committee ranks grant requests

Feb. 2024               SCHA Board approval of Small Grant awards

Feb. 2024               Grant Agreements emailed to grantees

Feb. 2024               Initial disbursement of Small Grant payments (50% of grant amount.

September 2024      Final report due.  Final payment is not made until the project is complete and final report paperwork and receipts are submitted.

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FY25 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grants Timeline

The MHAA FY 2025 grant round for capital and non-capital heritage tourism projects will launch on Monday, December 18 for projects that will begin in July 2024.  Grant guidelines, sample applications, due dates, and the link to begin an Intent to Apply form, which is required and due Friday, January 26, 2024, will be available on the MHAA Financial Incentives webpage – MHT – Financial Incentives in Maryland Heritage Areas.

FY25 Grant Timeline
Dec.18,2023 – FY2025 Grant Round Launch
Jan. 26, 2024, Intent to Apply Deadline
March 4, 2024, Grants Deadline
March 2024 – Stories of the Chesapeake Grant Committee Grant Review and comments to applicants
March 29, 2024, Final deadline for grant revisions (in response to grant review comments)
April- June 2024 Grants reviewed by  State  Review Panel
July 11, 2024, Grant Awards Decision by MHAA

MHAA Gant Webinars and Workshops

MHAA FY25 Grant Webinar (virtual)
Monday, December 18 · 1:00 – 3:00pm
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 857-321-8677 PIN: ‪850 326 773#

MHAA FY25 Grant Info Session (virtual)
Thursday, January 4, 2024 · 10:00 – 11:00am
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 443-776-0832 PIN: ‪136 409 846#

MHAA FY25 Grant Workshop (in-person)
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Passages to the Western Potomac Heritage Area 
More details to come

MHAA FY25 Grant Workshop (in-person)
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 
Baltimore National Heritage Area
More details to come

MHAA FY25 Grant Info Session (virtual)
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 · 3:00 – 4:00pm
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 516-399-7125 PIN: ‪331 230 373#

MHAA FY25 Grant Info Session (virtual)
Monday, February 12, 2024 · 12:00 – 1:00pm
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 219-281-4721 PIN: ‪874 532 032#