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African American Heritage Preservation Program Announces FY2025 Grant Workshops

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David Buck

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African American Heritage Preservation Program Announces FY2025 Grant Workshops

$5 million available for funding capital projects important to the African American experience in Maryland

(April 10, 2024) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) will hold one additional in-person workshop and two virtual sessions to inform the public about available funding for capital grants through the American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP). The workshop is free to attend, but registration is required. The in-person workshop will be held on May 10 in Frederick at the Artz Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street. Please register here. The virtual sessions will be held on April 23 and June 3. Full details, including information on how to register, can be found on the AAHPP webpage.

The AAHPP provides grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities 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 partnership between the MCAAHC and MHT. The AAHPP has an annual appropriation of $5 million. Grant awards range from $10,000 to $250,000.

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. There is no match requirement for this grant program. During this workshop, the eligibility of applicant organizations, properties, and projects; documentation required for the application; selection criteria; and more will be discussed.

For assistance with programming and project prioritization, contact Chanel Johnson, MCAAHC Executive Director, at or (410) 216-6190. For assistance with capital project and technical preservation issues, contact MHT staff Taylor Means at, or Stacy Montgomery at

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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