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Heritage Fund Grants Provide Direct Support to Hard-Hit Museums and Sites in Maryland

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Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust's joint Heritage Fund will provide nearly $50,000 in grants to hard-hit museums and cultural groups in Maryland.

BALTIMORE - eTradeWire -- Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust's joint Heritage Fund grant program will provide nearly $50,000 in essential funding across nine cultural groups in Maryland during the current global pandemic and civic unrest.

Selected projects are in step with state safety measures and will directly help groups connect with constituents digitally and assist museums to reopen – likely as part of the next phase of Gov. Hogan's plan.

Forty-two grant proposals were reviewed totaling a request of nearly a half-a-million dollars demonstrating the need for additional state funding sources – especially at a time of increased need for safe recreational options and an authentic telling of difficult history.

Since 1997, the Heritage Fund has directly granted out $1.4 million and has helped leverage over $20 million in investment in Maryland heritage.

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In this most recent grant round, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Archaeological Foundation was awarded $3000 for a survey and evaluation of historic resources on Parson's Island in Queen Anne's County.

City of Brunswick was awarded $8000 to help fund the relocation of the historic WB Tower along the railroad tracks in the Frederick County town for its railroad history.

Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick was granted $3000 to assist in appropriate repairs to a well-known metal statue of Charity, the dog, that dates back to 1858 – a beloved witness to history.

Historic Sotterley was awarded $8200 towards a historically appropriate roof replacement at their Spinning Cottage that was previously experiencing structural issues.

Maryland Women's Heritage Center was granted $3000 to assist in the research and recording of audio biographies of many of Maryland's suffragists to be released on the Ballot & Beyond podcast.

Old Shrewsbury Parish and Cemetery was awarded $5000 in support of continued research and conservation efforts at the historic Shrewsbury Cemetery in Kent County.

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St. Luke's Youth Center received $5000 to strategically consider adaptive reuse options for the historic Clergy House to provide new use in service of their mission.

Town of Vienna was granted $5400 to perform a series of necessary repairs at the ca. 1768 Customs House along the Nanticoke River in Dorchester County.

Washington County Historical Trust was awarded $7500 in support of their continued work to restore and adaptively reuse the stone Saylor House in Kiwanis Park.

Since 1931, Preservation Maryland has worked to protect the places, stories, and communities in Maryland that matter. As Maryland's first and foremost non-profit organization dedicated to Maryland's history and heritage, we work with partners across the state and country to accomplish this important mission and protect the best of Maryland.

Contact
Nicholas Redding
***@presmd.org


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