Julie Gilberto-Brady

Julie Gilberto-Brady is Dorchester County’s Heritage Area manager.

CAMBRIDGE — The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) is accepting mini-grant applications for projects that enrich heritage resources or events in the Heritage Area. These small, matching grants of up to $5,000 are available to local municipalities and non-profit organizations within the HCCHA.

The mini-grants support the efforts of local museums, organizations and municipalities that advance the mission and goals of the Heritage Area, said Julie Gilberto-Brady, HCCHA manager. Projects must be heritage-tourism related, and only non-capital projects are eligible for funding.

“The mini-grants are just one way that the HCCHA provides support for projects and events that will encourage or improve heritage tourism,” Gilberto-Brady said.

“Past grants have helped fund and support historical research and documentation, brochures and marketing efforts, interpretation and education, preservation planning, events, feasibility studies, exhibits and way finding and natural resource projects,” she said. “We also provide mini-grants for professional development to allow our heritage partners to take advantage of workshops or seminars that they might not have been able to attend otherwise.”

In fiscal year 2020, the HCCHA Board of Directors awarded 11 mini-grants totaling $25,000, and they anticipate being able to award $25,000 again this coming year. All of the mini-grant projects support the HCCHA goals to preserve Dorchester County’s heritage, to market its heritage to visitors and residents and to improve the economic health of the area.

The HCCHA will have two rounds of grant awards. The deadline for the first round is Aug. 7, 2020, and the deadline for the second round is Jan. 12, 2021. More information and the link to the online application is available at https://visitdorchester.org/heritage-area-mini-grants/

A virtual Mini-Grant Workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. on July 15 for those interested in learning more about the mini-grant program and how to complete the mini-grant application form. Please register in advance to receive access instructions for the videoconference. Contact Gilberto-Brady at julie@visitdorchester.org or 410-228-1000 to register or for more information about applying.

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