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Hogan Administration Awards Emergency Heritage Tourism Operating Grants

On May 29, the Hogan administration announced that the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) has awarded 59 matching grants totaling $600,440 to heritage tourism nonprofits located in Maryland’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas. These grant funds support emergency operating costs that will help keep nonprofit organizations operational, as the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic ramifications continue. The goal is to provide these emergency operating matching grants to help to keep the nonprofits operational and well-positioned to safely reopen, consistent with Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery Plan. A list of the 59 grant awards can be found here.

“As we gradually begin to open carefully across Maryland during this pandemic, it is critical that we support struggling nonprofits to help maintain the state’s heritage tourism economy,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “These grant awards will assist in keeping Maryland’s great heritage available to all during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

MHAA’s FY20 emergency grant funds have now been distributed due to the significant need demonstrated by the requests. However, applications for COVID-19 MHAA Emergency Grants are still being accepted on a rolling basis. Those applications that did not receive funding in the initial round and any new applications received will be considered if and when additional funding becomes available in FY21, which begins July 1, 2020. Potential applicants should consult the COVID-19 MHAA Emergency Grant Guidelines for details.