Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards $5 Million in Tourism Grants

Triple Dollar SignThe Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has awarded $5 million in matching grants to 109 programs run by nonprofits, local governments, other organizations, to support heritage tourism projects and activities in the state’s 13 certified heritage areas.

Each county in the state contains at least a portion of an MHAA certified heritage area and a number of counties were awarded funds.

An article in The Bay Net reports on the awards to projects in St. Mary’s County which is part of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area:

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division and the Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums, the nonprofit organization that supports the historic sites overseen by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, was recently awarded $100,000 and $6,700 in grant funding, respectively, by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The grants will go toward a new museum building at the aging, 25 year old St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD, as well as for replacement of outdated and faded interpretive signage at sites overseen by the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, which include St. Clement’s Island Museum, St. Clement’s Island State Park, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park, Drayden African-American Schoolhouse and the U.S. Colored Troops Interpretive Center in Lexington Park, MD.

As noted by The Associated Press:

Since the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority was formed in 1996, it has awarded more than $41 million in grants and helped leverage more than $1.6 billion in non-state funding for heritage tourism projects in the state.

For more information:

FY 2020 MHAA Tourism Grants (MHAA)

St. Mary’s County Museum Division Receives Over $100,000 in Grants (The Bay Net)

Maryland gov announces $5M in heritage tourism grants (AP)

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