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African American Heritage Preservation Program

The goal of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (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, offered once per year, is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly, and is administered as a joint partnership of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT).

Grant awards range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and local 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. Eligible projects include acquisition, construction, capital improvement, and certain predevelopment costs for African American heritage properties. In the eight years since its inception, the AAHPP has awarded 106 grants totaling $8 million.

Program guidelines and grant applications may be obtained from MHT’s website.

FY2023 AAHPP Webinar Schedule – 

AAHPP General In-Person Overview – Anne Arundel County: Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Maryland Historical Trust (100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032)
This overview will cover topics including applicant, project, and property eligibility; documentation required for the application; selection criteria; and Q&As.
Click HERE to register. 

AAHPP General In-Person Overview – Washington County: Wednesday, April 28, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Washington Co. Free Public Library (100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740)
This overview will cover topics including applicant, project, and property eligibility; documentation required for the application; selection criteria, and Q&As.
Click HERE to register. 

Virtual Question and Answer (Q&A) workshops will also be offered on:

  • Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 am
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Registration for webinars will close at noon the day before the event. An email link to virtual workshops will be emailed to registered attendees the evening before the workshop. Click HERE to register. 

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