FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: African-American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Workshops Scheduled this Spring

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David Buck

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African-American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Workshops Scheduled this Spring

Grant Program Funds African-American
Historic and Cultural Capital Projects

(April 6, 2022) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) will hold several workshops about grants available through the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) for FY23. The workshops are free to attend and registration is required by completing this form

The goal of the AAHPP is to identify and preserve buildings, communities, and sites of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This competitive program is funded through an appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly and is administered as a joint partnership of the MCAAHC and MHT. Grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local government jurisdictions. Business entities and individuals may also apply for program grants when seeking funds for a preservation or development project that serves a high public purpose.

During these workshops, eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria; and more will be discussed.

Before joining one of these workshops it is recommended to attend a general overview workshop or to view the FY22 General Overview Video.

In-person overview workshops are being offered at two locations, including:

Anne Arundel County
Thursday, April 7, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

Washington County
Thursday, April 28, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Washington Co. Free Public Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Virtual Question and Answer workshops will also be offered on:

  • Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m.
    * An email link to virtual workshops will be emailed to registered attendees the evening before the workshop.)

Program guidelines and associated application information may be obtained at MHT’s grants webpage. For assistance with programming and project prioritization, contact Chanel Compton, MCAAHC Executive Director, at or (410) 216-6190. For assistance with capital project and technical preservation issues, contact Ivy Weeks, MHT Capital Programs Administrator, at or (410) 697-9559.

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture is committed to discovering, documenting, preserving, collecting, and promoting Maryland’s African American heritage. The Commission also provides technical assistance to institutions and groups with similar objectives. Through the accomplishment of this mission, the MCAAHC seeks to educate Maryland citizens and visitors about the significance and impact of the African American experience in Maryland.

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is a state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation and education, the Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. The Trust is an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning and serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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