Annapolis and Anne Arundel County museums and historic preservation nonprofits will receive nine grants worth a combined $427,000 from the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, officials announced.
The grants can be used for for heritage tourism projects, historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs. They are among the $5 million that will be awarded statewide by the Hogan Administration, which boosted the funding from $3 million in previous years.
Two historic sites in Anne Arundel County, the Hammond-Harwood house in Annapolis and the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, will each receive state-funded grants of $100,000 to help with preservation efforts.
“Heritage tourism fosters sustainable economic development and job creation, while making our communities better places to live and work,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Our administration is proud that this additional funding will allow for a record number of projects to move forward.”
Grant recipients include the Four Rivers Heritage Area, Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, the Captain Avery Museum, the Hammond-Harwood House Association, Historic Annapolis, Inc., the London Town Foundation, the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.