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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on May 14, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Maryland, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Business Response website or the Department of Human Services' Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources.

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Description of Program and Relief

Maryland Heritage Emergency Operating Matching Grants for Tourism Organizations

Nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within a Certified Heritage Area may apply for up to a $20,000 matching grant to cover operating costs associated with the COVID-19 state of emergency such as staff salaries, utilities, insurance, and other expenses required to safeguard heritage resources. The grant must be matched 1 to 1 with any combination of cash and in-kind non-state support, and grantees may not receive more than $20,000 in aggregate emergency operating awards per fiscal year.

Applications are open and accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions are made by the 15th of each month until funds are exhausted.

Government or Lead Agency

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

Dates Available

Applications are currently open.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

Applicants must be a nonprofit heritage tourism organization within a Certified Heritage Area that is experiencing a disruption of operations due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. The grants must be matched 1 to 1 with any combination of cash and in-kind non-state support.

Grantees may receive a maximum aggregate of $20,000 in emergency grants per fiscal year. Funds must be spent on those expenses that allow an organization to continue operations and to safeguard heritage resources during and after the pandemic, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, utilities, insurance, contractor services, rent, and mortgage payments.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; awards are announced the 15th of each month until funds are exhausted.

Contact for More Information

For more information, contact Jennifer Ruffner ( or Ennis Barbery Smith (

List of Additional Information

Review the grant guidelines and access the link to the application here:

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