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. 

Go ahead and take your best shot! IT'S A SNAP! 2020 Photo Contest 

ARE YOU AN ASPIRING PHOTOJOURNALIST OR JUST AN AVID SHUTTERBUG?

No matter your level of expertise, here’s your chance to share your special photographs that reveal the best of Baltimore - the people and places of Charm City! 

Winning photographers receive prizes, and the best images will be showcased on BNHA’s social media channels and a special Baltimore National Heritage Area promotional product in 2021.

Photographs must be taken within the Baltimore National Heritage Area. All hi-res entries must be submitted electronically by October 31, 2020.

Why is the contest period so long? We want to give you a chance to capture all the seasons here in Baltimore from Spring to Fall. Your photos can be in color or black and white.  

*** Minors (16 and up) are encourage to participate with parental consent. ***

Please read the complete Rules and Requirements before submitting your photo. All entries must be submitted electronically by October 31, 2020.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release form the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to BNHA upon request. A model release is available on the heritage area’s website. (Click here for the form.)

What are we looking for?
Baltimore is known as a city of monuments and a city of neighborhoods. Each of our neighborhoods have special icons (such as buildings, statues, and parks) that are celebrated. Show us what makes your neighborhood monumental!


PHOTO CONTEST PRIZES

The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card. Twelve finalists will receive a $50 gift card.  

  

SMALL CAP GRANT FUND FY2021

Guidelines 

Application Deadline: November 4, 2020  (by 5:00pm)

Grant Range: Up to $15,000 with a one to one matching requirement by applicants (cash and/or in-kind)

NEW! Geographic location:  All projects within Baltimore City are eligible for this grant program (not just organizations within the heritage boundary).

INTRODUCTION 

The Baltimore National Heritage Area’s Small Capital (Small Cap) Grant Program is a source of funding from the City of Baltimore designed to provide small, but strategic investments in cultural heritage tourism capital projects within Baltimore City. The following is general information about the BNHA Small Cap Grant Program. Instructions for completing the online application are embedded to the right of each question on the online application found through the BNHA grants portal.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES 

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 https://www.explorebaltimore.org/page/planning-documents). Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or activities that require a multi-year grant commitment. 

The following capital projects or activities within the heritage area may be assisted. All capital project activity must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Copies of the Standards can be found online at  http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm.

Acquisition The acquisition of fee title or interest other than fee title of real property. 

Note: For acquisition projects, BNHA will fund up to 50% of the average of two appraisals of the subject property. 

Development New construction, or repair or alteration of an existing building, structure, or site that makes possible a contemporary use while preserving those features of the property that are significant to its historical, architectural, and cultural values. 

Preservation Activities directed to sustain the existing form, integrity, and material of a building, structure, or site. 

Restoration Activities directed to accurately recovering the form and details of a property and its setting as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of later work or by the replacement of missing earlier work.

WHO MAY APPLY?

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

Ø Be a nonprofit organization in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation,

Ø Be qualified to do business in Maryland,

Ø Have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations involved under the grant program,

Ø Be located within Baltimore City with capital project occurring in Baltimore City.

WHO MAY NOT APPLY?

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the Small Cap 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 BNHA grants.

PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA

Grant proposals will be reviewed by a Grant Review Panel using the criteria outlined below.

1. Clarity: Are the project objectives clearly described?

2. Consistency: Is the project specifically identified in the Management Plan? If not, how is the project consistent with the goals and objectives of the Plan?

3. Urgency: Why should the project receive priority for funding at this time? What is the downside to delaying this project?

4. Methodology: Are the project budget, scope of work, and personnel reasonable to accomplish project objectives? 

5. Leverage: Does the project significantly leverage private investment/other resources? 

6. Readiness: Is the project ready to proceed and can project 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: How does the project support and/or increase heritage tourism activity within the City of Baltimore?

8. Priority Areas (+2 points): BNHA puts priority on geographic areas that have historically received low investment by public and private funders.

GRANT AMOUNTS AND MATCHING REQUIREMENTS

NEW: Grants may not exceed $15,000. All grants must be matched with a $1 for $1 investment in cash or in-kind services or goods, appropriate to the project.  The match must be at least 75% cash and no more than 25% in-kind services or goods. Please note the match will need to be documented by the grantee at the close of the grant with signed volunteer hour logs, financial receipts and/or paystubs and timesheets of staff working on the project. Staff hours can be put as match, but no staff hours can be used for the award. The award can cover contractors and consultants, but no employees of the organization.

Applicants MUST download the BNHA Application Budget Excel template for their proposal budget. Budget template can be found on the list of forms on the Small Capital Grants webpage. Upload the completed budget template in the appropriate section of the online submission.

Ineligible Match: Baltimore City 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. All project expenditures must follow the budget line items that are submitted on the budget template. Costs not stated in the budget will be ineligible.

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 any cash match may include:

Ø Financial or bank statement from applicant organization;

Ø Letter of commitment from donor;

Ø 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.

GRANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If funded, 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 final report at the end of the project with financial documentation of all project expenditures.  

· Grant Disbursements – 50% of grant funds will be awarded at the signing of the grant agreement and the remaining 50% of the award will be released upon project completion and approval of the final report with attached financial receipts and documentation. 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.

· Match Requirement – It is hoped (but not required) that the cash and/or in-kind match to this award be secured by end of year one and cash match funds be used for project expenses in year two or beforehand if needed. Please note BNHA’s final grant award disbursement of 50% of the award amount at the end of the project can only be released once the project is completed - as reimbursement for already paid expenditures. Final financial documentation (invoice/receipts AND proof of payment is required in the final report). Please plan your project’s timeline/cash flow needs and use of match funds accordingly

· Insurance Requirement – Capital grant recipients will be required to insure the assisted property against loss or damage by fire or other hazards, casualties, and contingencies as may be required by BNHA, in amounts satisfactory to BNHA. Similarly, General Liability Insurance will be required for all construction efforts as well. 

· 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, gender identity, 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 erect and maintain a project sign at a prominent location on project sites to provide appropriate acknowledgment of BHNA and City of Baltimore and/or to publicly acknowledge BNHA and the City of Baltimore for the award.

· Property-Owner Letter of Support Required: Please secure letter of approval before the application deadline! This document must be submitted with your application, if your organization is not the owner.

Ø City-owned sites and landmarks:

1) Does your project involve a city-owned building? If yes, you must coordinate your capital work with the Baltimore City Department of General Services (DGS), or your designated City Agency. The DGS contact is Jackson Gilman-Forlini, Historic Properties Officer (Jackson.Gilman-forlini@baltimorecity.gov or call 410-396-4304). A letter of support is encouraged and strengthens your application.

2) Are you in a Baltimore City Landmark or building listed on the National Register of Historic Places? If yes, you must obtain a Notice to Proceed on any capital work. Required forms, instructions, and contact names if you have questions can be found here: https://chap.baltimorecity.gov/applications-procedures-guidelines

Ø Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP):

Does your project occur in a city park/facility or use BCRP resources? If yes, two forms are required:

a) Intent of Community or Neighborhood Organization to Submit a Funding Proposal Form (found on BNHA’s website/grants page). Applicant must submit this form directly to Tim Almaguer at Tim.almaguer@baltimorecity.gov and allow two weeks for approval. 

b) Once form above is approved, a letter of support from appropriate BCRP office is required. Please contact Tim Almaguer above for guidance with letter of support.

GRANT SCHEDULE 

· Applicants: Start early! Be sure to obtain the following documents early in the proposal development process:

a) Obtain any quotes/proposals from contractors and vendors for your project. Your budget numbers should be grounded in real numbers from vendors. Attach proposals and/or at least two appraisals (for acquisition projects only) to your application;

b) Property owner letters and/or Notice to Proceed by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), if applicable. Be sure to allow for at least two weeks to receive approval letters from city agencies. This is a requirement for applications to be considered.

c) Letters of Support: Not required from any public office or the community. However, if it strengthens your application, please include them. 

d) Photos of property required. Please refer to required details located in the online application.

  • November 4, 2020 – Full application submission deadline at 5:00 pm EST (online through BNHA website). 
  • December 15, 2020 – Grant Awards announced to applicants.
  • January - Grant agreements prepared and signed.
  • Jan 1, 2021 – Jan 1, 2023: Two-year grant period. All grant  funded activities must occur during the grant period.
  • First disbursement checks (50% of award) issued by City of Baltimore in January.

APPLICATION FORMAT 

Small Cap 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. Applicants MUST download and use the BNHA budget template for their proposal budget. Budget template can be found on the list of forms on the Small Capital Grants webpage. Upload the completed budget template in the application budget section of the online application. 

For more detailed application instructions, please access and reference the online application. Specific instructions on how to answer each question is next to the corresponding field directly on the online form. You can save a draft of the application without submitting it. Please save drafts often as if left idle, the online platform does not automatically save your work.

APPLICATION DUE

Applicants must submit completed online application with uploaded support documents by 5pm on November 4, 2020.

Please direct questions to:   

Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA)

Attn: Danielle Walter-Davis, Grants Portfolio Manager

EMAIL: dwalterdavis@baltimoreheritagearea.org

Office: 410-878-6411  

Visit us online at www.explorebaltimore.org | www.facebook.com/baltimoreheritagearea

    

NEIGHBORHOOD PLACEMAKING GRANT PROGRAM

Guidelines

Application Opens: September 15, 2020

Application Deadline: December 11, 2020 by 5:00PM

Grant Range: $1,500-$5,000 with a $1 for $1 match required of the grantee (Example: $2,000 award/$2,000 match by grantee for a $4,000 total project cost.  However new this year, the match for this grant program can be any combination of cash OR in-kind). Please see below for more details regarding the match requirements).

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. This matching grant program, with the match to be provided by the grantee.

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, defined as neighborhoods that historically have not been invested in by public and private funders. 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:

Navigate Your Neighborhood

Projects that aid in navigating through neighborhoods such as interpretive signage, pedestrian way finding signage, interpretive brochures, walking tours, educational programs and materials, festivals, performances, community events and other activities that support navigating through the heritage area’s neighborhoods to promote heritage tourism and attract visitors to neighborhoods.

* Interpretation signage projects must comply with BNHA's recommended guidelines found on the grants webpage.

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 all land use projects, written permission by the property owner must be uploaded with the application, to include any necessary permits. 

· Department of Natural Resources (DNR) please fill out specific form found on BNHA's website.

· Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP) please fill out specific form found on the grant's website.

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 a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies, and actions outlined in the Baltimore National Heritage Area Comprehensive Management Plan (available online at https://www.explorebaltimore.org/page/planning-documents). 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 located within the geographic boundary of the heritage area (or the program/activity will happen within the boundary area). Please be sure to check the BNHA's list of available neighborhoods found on the Neighborhood Placemaking Grants webpage to ensure your project is eligible.

- Be a nonprofit organization, tax-exempt community or neighborhood association in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. You can check your status at http://www.dat.maryland.gov/ - click “Search Business Database” in the left sidebar;

- If not a nonprofit organization, the applicant organization agrees to be the fiscal agent responsible for the grant award deliverables (a signed agreement between the fiscal agent and community partner must be uploaded with the full online application, please see sample agreement on BNHA's website).

- Be qualified to do business in Maryland; AND

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

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 award funds cannot be used to fund staff salaries and/or benefits. Salaries and benefits can be used in the cash-match/in-kind 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 under this grant cycle. Please contact the following agencies for funding regarding these types of projects: Façade improvement project grants (Baltimore Development Corp.) and for public murals (BOPA, Baltimore Mural Program).

GRANT AMOUNTS AND MATCHING REQUIREMENTS

Grant requests can be requested at $1,500 up to $5,000, with a one to one match requirement. For this grant program, the match can be any combination of cash match or in-kind support (donated volunteer time, professional services, and goods).

Applicants MUST download and use the BNHA budget template found on the Neighborhood Placemaking Grants webpage 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; and/or

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

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 that are listed in your budget.

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 the goals and objectives 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 significantly increase heritage tourism economic activity? 

Specifically, does it meet the Neighborhood 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 readiness?

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

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

ð Priority (+2 points) will be given to neighborhoods that historically have not been invested in by public or private funders.

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 – Project Period is February 1, 2021 - February 2022 (one year only). A final project report will be required to include all financial documentation (receipts and proof of payment) 30 days after the project end period. All final reports are to be done through BNHA’s online grants portal.

· 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. Please note the final disbursement of the grant award (remaining 50% of the award amount) will be released upon the project completion and approval of the final report as reimbursement. Please plan your project timeline accordingly with your cash flow needs.

· 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 

September 15, 2020: Application opens online on BNHA’s website (Must create online account with Submittable or use existing username and password if previously submitted an application to BNHA).

 December 11, 2020:  Applications due online through BNHA’s grants portal by 5:00PM.

December – January 15, 2021:  Grant Review Panel reviews, scores, and makes award decisions. 

January 15, 2021: Awards announced to applicants.

Late January 2021:  Grant agreements signed. First disbursement to grantees at 50% of award.
 

February 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022: One-year project. Projects must start February 1 (not before). Award funds can only be used within this one-year project period and a final report will be due with all financial documentation and receipts of the project’s expenditures. The remaining 50% of the award will be a reimbursable disbursement once the final report is approved. Please plan your project’s cash flow accordingly and secure your match as soon as possible.
 

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 platform, Submittable. This account will allow applicants to save draft proposals before the submission deadline. Applicants MUST download and use the BNHA budget template found on BNHA's website for their proposal budget. Upload the completed template in the application budget section of this online application. You can save a draft at any time of your application before final submission. 

APPLICATION DUE

Applicants must submit completed online application with uploaded documents by 5:00 PM on December 11, 2020:  

Please direct questions to:

Baltimore National Area Association, Inc. (dba Baltimore National Heritage Area)

Kenyona Moore, Interpretation & Outreach Coordinator

at kmoore@baltimoreheritagearea.org or

Shauntee Daniels, Executive Director 

at sdaniels@baltimoreheritagearea.org or

410.878.6411 or 410.919.8414 (cell)
 

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 or Neighborhood Placemaking 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 Portfolio Manager at dwalterdavis@baltimoreheritagearea.org

BNHA 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 National Heritage Area