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.

Please choose the application or report form from the menu below which best serves your purpose today. Report forms are for current grantees only. 

Thank you for submitting your mid-progress, project report form for your grant award! Baltimore National Heritage Area is looking forward to reading about your progress, any challenges and successes to date.  We would also like to know if you have secured your match ($1 for $1 match requirement for all awards). Even though your proof of match requirement is not required until your final report at the end of your project, BNHA's hope is that you are able to expend your match funds in year two of your project. BNHA will disburse your final grant payment once the project is complete, and your final report is submitted and approved. 

This is simply a formal check-in with our partners and their open grants. No financial documentation is required at this time, unless you would like to submit it now. It will be saved to your file. Please contact us by email (dwalterdavis@baltimoreheritagearea.org) or by phone 410-878-6411 and our grants administrator or any of our BNHA staff if you have any questions or need additional information. We are happy to help! 

Congratulations on the completion of your project, funded in part by Baltimore National Heritage Area's grant award! 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 approximately 30 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 Electronic Funds Transfer program with the City) OR approximately 10 business days if this is a Heritage Investment Grant award. Please ensure your mailing address and EIN are 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 for your partnership! 

BALTIMORE HERITAGE AREA ASSOCIATION, INC. (commonly known as Baltimore National Heritage Area)

HERITAGE INVESTMENT GRANT 

Application & Guidelines (2019)

The Baltimore National Heritage Area’s Heritage Investment Grant is a source of funding designed to provide strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism within the heritage area. The Heritage Investment Grant may be used to fund non-capital projects and for general operating support. Eligible activities must address or complete a priority activity 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.

The following non-capital projects or activities within the BNHA may be assisted.

  • Planning  - Research, field investigation, data recovery, feasibility and planning studies, design documents, and other planning activities that support the heritage area.
  • Interpretation  - Interpretive  exhibits, interpretive signage, pedestrian way-finding signage, interpretive brochures, educational programs and materials, other interpretive activities that support the heritage area. Interpretation  projects must comply and support the Interpretive Framework for the  heritage area as outlined in the 2013 Comprehensive Management Plan.
  • Programming - Seminars,  conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations, or festivals within the heritage area.
  • Operating  - Grants  to fund operating expenses of nonprofit organizations operating within the Baltimore National Heritage Area. Organizations are eligible for operating  grants in the current cycle if 1) it has been two or more years since their last General Operating award from the Heritage Investment Grant and 2)  that they have no other open/active Heritage Investment Grants.

Who may apply - To be eligible for a Heritage Investment Grant, applicant organizations must meet each of the following criteria: 

  • Be a nonprofit organization in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation,
  • Be qualified to do business in Maryland,
  • Have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program,
  • 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 Heritage Investment Grant (this list is not meant to be exhaustive): units of government; organizations that are serving as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors for an organization or program; 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; organizations that currently have an open Heritage Investment Grant with the BNHA.

Funding Restrictions 

Organizations that received General Operating Support within the last year from the Heritage Investment Grant program are not eligible for General Operating Support in the current grant cycle. These organizations ARE eligible to apply for project funding IF their current operating grant is closed by the application deadline.

Organizations receiving Project Support are not eligible for General Operating Support in the same grant cycle.

BNHA non-capital project funds cannot be used to fund staff salaries or benefits, although staff salaries or benefits may be used in the applicant's cash-match portion. 

BNHA funds cannot be used for religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; fundraising or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates; capital improvements (facilities and equipment); agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies; and travel outside of the United States. 

SELECTION CRITERIA –

Grant proposals will be reviewed using the criteria outlined below.

1. Clarity - Are the project/organization’s objectives clearly described?

2. Consistency - Is the project specifically identified in the 2013 Comprehensive Management Plan? If not, how is the project consistent with the goals and objectives of the Plan and why should this funding request receive priority at this time? For operating requests: Are the organization’s programs and/or activities consistent with the goals and objectives of the Management Plan?

3. Urgency: What is the down side to delaying this project or operating support? Why now?

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

5. Leverage: Does the project (or its products) or the organization’s activities significantly leverage private investment?

6. 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?

7. Heritage Tourism Value: Does the project or organization’s activities significantly increase the Heritage Tourism economic activity within the heritage area? Does the applicant have a plan to attract visitors to their site or program? 

GRANT AMOUNTS AND MATCHING REQUIREMENTS

Grants may not exceed $15,000. All grants must be matched in cash in an amount at least equal to the grant ($1 for $1 match required). If needed, 25% can be contributed as in-kind match.

Exception: All funding requests of $5,000 or less will not require a cash match. The match can be entirely with in-kind services (donated time, donated goods etc.)

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

Ineligible Match: Federal 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

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
  • Award letter or grant agreement from matching entity

Other Project Costs (“Over Match”): If the total project 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.

Ineligible Match:

  • Federal 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-federal grant or loan fund (e.g. MHAA grants)
  • Staff salaries for work specifically on the project

Examples of In-Kind Match:

· Volunteer time for work on the project is based on the widely accepted Independent Sector rate ($27.50/hr 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 within 24 months of the date of the award, unless the BNHA agrees      in writing to an extension of the grant period. A written interim progress report will be submitted at the end of year one, and again at the end of      the project. Please note, projects must start on/after September 15, 2019. Any projects funds      used before this date will not be reimbursed.
  • Grant  Disbursements – Two      disbursements will be made: 50% of award amount will be disbursed at      signing of the grant agreement (and federal funds available) and second      disbursement will be made at the completion of the project - reimbursing      the grantee. The match must be used and documented and all receipts and      proof of payment must be submitted in order to be reimbursed. Advance      disbursements of grant funds may be made on a case-by-case basis.      Disbursements will be made upon request for payment submitted by the      grantee in a form 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.

GRANT SCHEDULE 

  • April 15, 2019 - Applications available for online submission
  • June 5, 2019 - Application submission deadline at 11:59 pm EST
  • June 2019 - Panel review period begins
  • July 1, 2019 - Grant awards announced
  • August 2019  – Grant agreements drafted and signed - pending federal funds available.
  • September 15, 2019 – September 15, 2021 approximate grant period; All funded activities must occur during the grant period.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION 

Heritage Investment Grant applications must be completed online through the BNHA grant portal. 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. Application instructions are included in the online application.

APPLICATIONS DUE 

Applicants must submit completed online application with uploaded support documents by 11:59 p.m. by June 5, 2019.  Questions? Please contact Danielle Walter-Davis, Grants Administrator, Baltimore National Heritage Area, dwalterdavis@baltimoreheritagearea.org or 410.878.6411 ext. 5.

Baltimore National Heritage Area