Small Grant Application Timeline

Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area is pleased to be able to offer up to $25,000 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 cash match to qualify.

Small Grant Deadlines

  • September 2021 Application Released
  • October 5, 2021 10 AM Small Grant Workshop
  • Oct. 29, 2021 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
    P. O; Box 727
    Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Nov. 2021 SCHA Grants Committee ranks grant requests
  • Nov. 2021 SCHA Board meeting – approval of Small Grant awards
  • Nov. 2021 SCHA mails announcement of Small Grant awards to requestors. Grant expenditures and matches may not begin until award is announced.
  • Nov – Dec. 2021 Grant Agreements mailed to grantees
  • Winter2021/2022 Initial disbursement of Small Grant payments (50% of grant amount).
  • September 1, 2022 Project Completion Date
  • November 30, 2022 Final report due. Final payment is not made until the project is complete and final report paperwork and receipts are submitted. Click to download grant application and instructions

Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant Info


—Grant Schedule

  • January 29, 2021 – Intent to Apply forms due (by 11:59 pm) online
  • March 8, 2021: Full applications for MHAA project grants submitted online
  • July 2021: grant award emails sent, projects may begin
  • September-January 2021: grant agreements mailed
  • November 2021– March 2022: First disbursements issued

Action Items to Prioritize:

  • Submit your Intent to Apply: Due January 29, 2021– 
  • Read the MHAA 2021 Guidelines, use the checklist provided, and add to that checklist if necessary
  • Contact the Stories of the Chesapeake – – to see how your project aligns with the heritage area goals
  • Ask your legislators and partners for letters of support
  • Obtain a property owner letter (if applicable)
  • Obtain Department of Natural Resources approval (if applicable)
  • Start building your budget (Get estimates for specific line items)


Final Management Plan:
Five Year Strategic Plan FY2013-FY2017