Maryland Historical Society Launches Statewide Grant Program to Support Local Museums and Historic Sites

BALTIMORE (October 16, 2019) – The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is pleased to announce the launch of the MdHS Pathways Grant Program, a competitive program that will provide support for capacity-building projects at historical organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The program’s goal is to carve a pathway for local museums, historic sites and other organizations in Maryland’s heritage community to achieve long-term resiliency and efficacy. 

Up to a dozen grant awards, valued between $10,000 and $20,000, will be distributed beginning in May 2020. Successful projects could include new marketing initiatives, development of new business models, professional development opportunities, strategic planning, or other initiatives that demonstrably build the long-term capacity of the organization.

“The Maryland Historical Society is proud to administer the Pathways Grant Program as an extension of our mission to educate people of all ages about the rich history and culture of Maryland and the nation,” said Mark Letzer, MdHS President and CEO. “With many daily needs and limited staff, historical organizations often struggle to invest in the long-term planning, capacity-building and best practices that are so important to ensuring a sustainable future. We believe the Pathways Grant Program fulfills a real need in Maryland that will foster a more resilient heritage community that is better able to share their unique value with the public.”

MdHS Pathways is made possible by an annually recurring allocation to MdHS from the state’s Preservation of Cultural Arts Fund. This fund was proposed by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller in the 2018 legislative session and enacted into law.

 Eligible applicants must:

  • steward and interpret locally based, historically significant sites and landscapes; museum and library collections; and/or educational assets as a core part of their mission activities;
  • be incorporated, non-profit organizations in good standing with the State of Maryland and in operation for a minimum of two years in the state;  
  • have an annual operating budget below $2 million; and
  • public funding will constitute less than 50% of their annual operating budget.

 Important Grant Program Dates:

  • Friday, November 22, 2019: Mandatory Letter of Intent due
  • Friday, December 13, 2019: Full FY2020 application due
  • March 2020: Award announcements
  • May 1, 2020: Beginning of FY2020 Grant Period. Applicants will have until May 1, 2022 to complete their proposed scope of work and expend all grant funds

The Pathways Grant Program guidelines and application are available at mdhs.org/grants.

Upcoming Workshops

MdHS hosted a preliminary workshop in Frederick County. We are excited to offer these additional workshops in the coming weeks to serve other parts of the state:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 3-4 p.m. – Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore
  • Monday, November 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Talbot County
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Online webinar
  • Thursday, November 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Sandy Spring Museum in Montgomery County