The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is a congressionally designated area encompassing 22 square miles within the city of Baltimore. The mission of BNHA is to promote, preserve, and enhance the heritage area’s cultural, historic, and natural resources for current and future generations. BNHA encourages activities that spur economic development through heritage tourism and make the heritage area more visitor-ready, visitor-friendly, and more livable for Baltimore residents.

Congratulations on the completion of your Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) Small Capital Grant Project! Thank you for submitting your final report below. Forms to complete this report (for upload) can be found on our website's grants page at https://www.explorebaltimore.org/grants

Upon review and approval of this final report, the Baltimore National Heritage Area will issue your final payment. It is important to sign, scan, and then upload your final disbursement request form with this report as this form activates your final payment. Once approved by BNHA, it takes 30-45 days to receive a payment from the City of Baltimore directly (by mailed check, or a shorter timeframe if your organization is already enrolled in the EFT program with the City).  Please ensure your mailing address is correct on this form.

If you have any questions or need additional help, please email the BNHA Grants Administrator at dwalterdavis@baltimoreheritagearea.org

The BNHA Grants Administrator will contact you if there is any missing documentation, or if any additional information is needed.

We are looking forward to reading your final report and project outcomes. Thank you! 

Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program

Guidelines 

INTRODUCTION 

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is a congressionally designated area encompassing 22 square miles within the city of Baltimore. The mission of BNHA is to promote, preserve, and enhance the heritage area’s cultural, historic, and natural resources for current and future generations. BNHA encourages activities that spur economic development through heritage tourism and make the heritage area more visitor-ready, visitor-friendly, and more livable for Baltimore residents.

BNHA’s grant programs are a source of funding designed to provide strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism within the heritage area, particularly emerging neighborhoods. The overarching goal is to connect residents and visitors to the stories and history that make each neighborhood unique. Specifically, the goal of this Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program is to achieve the following, with the final outcome of neighborhoods becoming more visitor-friendly and visitor-ready:

· Assist neighborhoods with enhancing their quality of life through heritage tourism stewardship;

· Balance community and tourism; 

· Increase awareness of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and its resources for neighborhoods.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES 

The Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program may only be used to fund non-capital projects within the below three priority areas. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but projects must align with one or more priority areas:

Green Your Neighborhood

Projects that promote neighborhood greening activities, environmental stewardship, cleanliness, beautification, citizen community education and stewardship. In addition, projects that promote investments in city parks and open spaces to enhance safe and accessible recreation opportunities for visitors and residents.

*Please note: For projects on DNR Property – approval from the Department of Natural Resources is required to conduct the project. For all other land use projects, especially projects on vacant lots, written permission by property owner must be uploaded with the application, to include any necessary permits.

Navigate Your Neighborhood

Festivals, performances, reenactments, and events that promote heritage tourism and attract visitors. In addition, projects that aid in navigating through neighborhoods such as interpretive signage, pedestrian way-finding signage, interpretive brochures, development of online navigation platforms and apps, walking tours, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area’s neighborhoods. Interpretation signage projects must comply with BNHA's recommended guidelines for interpretive signage projects. 

Revitalize Your Neighborhood: Plan!

Planning and feasibility studies for capital projects, vacant lot development planning, market research, branding and marketing projects, research for content development, and project evaluation surveys.

Eligible activities must address or complete one of the four interpretative themematic priorities identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the 2013 Baltimore National Heritage Area Comprehensive Management Plan (available online at www.explorebaltimore.org/about-us/management-planning).   Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards and not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment.

ELIGIBLE CRITERIA – Who may apply

To be eligible for a Neighborhood Placemaking Grant, applicant organizations must meet each of the following criteria: 

- Be a nonprofit organization, tax-exempt community or neighborhood association in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation; 

- If not a nonprofit organization, the applicant organization agrees to be the fiscal agent responsible for the grant award deliverables (formal agreement must be uploaded with the full online application);

- Be qualified to do business in Maryland; 

- Have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program; AND

- Be located within the boundary of the heritage area (or the program/activity will happen within the boundary of the heritage area.)

Who May NOT Apply

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): Units of government; individuals; organizations that are the primary responsibility of a government agency; organizations that are not in good standing with BNHA and/or not in compliance with previous grants.

Funding Restrictions

BNHA project funds cannot be used to fund staff salaries and/or benefits. Salaries and benefits can be used in the cash-match funds. In addition, funds cannot be used for capital expenditures, overhead expenses, alcohol, religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the United States. Public art projects or façade improvement grants (FIG) will not be eligible for this grant cycle. 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Grant proposals will be reviewed using the criteria outlined below.

ð Clarity: Are the project/organization’s objectives clearly described?

ð Consistency: Is the project specifically identified in BNHA’s Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP)? If not, how is the project consistent with one or more of the four interpretative themes of the CMP? 

ð Urgency: What is the down side to delaying this project? Why should this funding request receive priority at this time? Does this organization have access to other funding sources?

ð Project Design: Are the budget, design, and personnel reasonable to accomplish the project or organization’s objectives? 

ð Readiness: Is the project or organization ready to proceed and can the objectives be accomplished in a realistic and timely manner? If the applicant currently has another BNHA grant, have the deadlines been met? Can the applicant realistically obtain their required match? (Please see matching requirements below).

ð Collaboration: Does the project involve volunteers, and other partners to achieve the project’s deliverables, or demonstrate community buy-in?

ð Heritage Tourism Value: Does the project or organization’s activities significantly increase the heritage tourism economic activity within the heritage area? 

Specifically, does it meet the Heritage Placemaking Grant Program goals to:

ð Assist neighborhoods with enhancing their quality of life through heritage tourism stewardship;

ð Become more visitor-friendly and visitor-ready;

ð Balance community and tourism;

ð Increase awareness of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and its resources for neighborhoods.

ð Is this an emerging neighborhood that has challenges in accessing other funding? If yes, will this project increase its visitor ready index?

ð Sustainability: How will this project continue after funds are expended? For greening projects, is there a continued maintenance plan?

ð Has the applicant obtained all the necessary permits for this project and property owner consent, if applicable? 

GRANT AMOUNTS AND MATCHING REQUIREMENTS

Grant requests can be requested up to $5,000, with a $1 for $1 matching requirement. At least 75% of the required match must be cash and up to 25% can be documented in-kind support (donated volunteer time, professional services, and goods).

Applicants MUST download and use the BNHA Application Budget Excel template for their proposal budget. Upload the completed template in the application budget section of this online submission. 

   

Ineligible Match:

· State Funds

· Expenditures made prior to the award of the grant or after the completion of the grant period

· Expenditures that do not relate to the grant project


Examples of Cash Match:

· Cash expenditures

· Support from a non-state grant or loan fund 

· Staff salaries for work specifically on the project (documentation of staff paid and hours worked on project is required)

  

Examples of In-Kind Match:

· Volunteer time for work on the project (see

http://independentsector.org/volunteer_time for current value of volunteer time in Maryland)

· Donated professional services (can be valued at their professional rate, but only if working on the project in their professional role (i.e. architect donating architectural design services)

· Donated materials/supplies

  

Documentation of Match

It is encouraged, but not necessary, to have matching funds in-hand, or firmly committed at the time of application. Acceptable documentation of match may include:

· Financial or Bank Statement from applicant organization.

· Letter of commitment from donor of money, in-kind services or staff time.

· Award letter or grant agreement from matching entity.


Other Project Costs (“Over Match”)

If the total project/operating budget is expected to cost more than the total grant request and required match combined, those additional costs should be listed on the application budget as Other Project Costs. Applicants are not required to provide documentation for Other Project Costs.


GRANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All grantees will be required to enter into a grant agreement with the BNHA, which generally contains the following standard terms and conditions:

· Grant Term – All grant funds MUST be expended by April 1, 2020, if not sooner. A final project report will be required to include all financial documentation (receipts and proof of payment) by June 1, 2020. 

· Grant Disbursements –Disbursements will be made at 50% of award upon signing of grant agreement and 50% reimbursement at project completion. All documentation for award and match must be satisfactory to BNHA and fulfillment of the other requirements of the grant agreement.

· Insurance Requirement –General Liability Insurance will be required for all non-capital projects. 

· Nondiscrimination – Each applicant shall comply with all applicable federal, state and city laws and policies and programs regarding drug, alcohol, and smoke-free work places, disabled access and equal opportunity for employment, housing, credit practices and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status or physical and/or mental disabilities in any aspect of the grant project.

· Project Sign or Acknowledgment – Grant recipients are required to provide appropriate acknowledgment of BNHA assistance and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (parent funder).

GRANT SCHEDULE 

December 1, 2018: Application opens online on BNHA’s website.

December 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019:  Community outreach workshops and proposal development period for applicants. Please contact Shauntee Daniels, Director of Programs & Partnerships, at sdaniels@baltimoreheritagearea.org or 410.878.6411 ext.4 for workshop dates and locations.

February 1, 2019:  Applications due online.

February – March, 2019:  Grant Review Panel reviews, scores, and makes award decisions. 

March 15, 2019: Awards announced, craft grant agreements. First disbursement to grantees at 50% of award.

April 1, 2019 - April  1, 2020: One year project period begins.

May 1, 2020: Final reports due.

June 2020: Final disbursement (50% of award) released upon satisfactory final report.


APPLICATION FORMAT

Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program applications must be completed online through the BNHA grant portal, Submittable. To submit a request for funding, applicants must create an account with BNHA Grants. This account will allow applicants to save draft proposals before the submission deadline. Applicants MUST download and use the BNHA Application Budget Excel template for their proposal budget. Upload the completed template in the application budget section of this online application.

APPLICATION DUE

Applicants must submit completed online application with uploaded documents by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2019.

Please direct questions to:

Baltimore National Heritage Area 

Attn: Shauntee Daniels, Director of Programs & Partnerships and

Imani Hayes, Heritage Placemaking Grant Program Coordinator

12 W. Madison Street, Suite 120

Baltimore, MD 21201

sdaniels@baltimoreheritagearea.org and ihayes@baltimoreheritagearea.org 

or please call 410.878.6411 ext.4 

Baltimore National Heritage Area