Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) is now offering emergency operating grants up to $20,000 for nonprofit organizations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with deadlines the 1st of each month until funds are exhausted. To begin a new application, click here.
Eligibility – Nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within the boundaries of a Certified Heritage Area that are experiencing disruption of operations due directly to the economic implications and ramifications of the State of Emergency declared on March 5, 2020.
Eligible Expenditures – Operating costs associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency, beginning March 5, 2020 and extending until 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency. Operating costs include any expenses that allow an organization to continue operations and to safeguard heritage resources during and after the pandemic, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, utilities, insurance, contractor services, rent and mortgage payments.