FY23 Mini Grants Available Soon!

These matching grants can be from $500-$5000. They will be awarded on merit and availability.
As we always have so many questions on how to complete the applications and process the final report, we highly suggest you join us for a Mini Grants Training that we will be having via Zoom, Wednesday, September 28 at 10am, just use the link below to join the training. Feel free to have anyone from your group join in (two heads are always better than one). And definitely share this post with others that may be interested, as long as they are an eligible entity working on a project within the heritage area boundaries and that project has a theme that matches with the heritage area, it’s probably a viable option for the mini grants. And feel free to check with our office first to make sure that everything is good to go for the project in question.
Never done a mini grant? Done several but always have some trouble? Are you an expert Grant Writer?
Well, you’re in luck as this will be your time to learn/remember/review:
*best practices and what types of projects you can do,
*understand how much money you will need to contribute,
*how to apply for the grant,
*when you can begin working on the grant project,
*how to manage the grant,
*things to be aware of when you are producing your product/project,
*what happens when things don’t go as planned (and it happens),
*what documents you need to submit for closing the grant,
*what to do if you need an extension,

*understanding the disbursement form (always a challenge, even for us sometimes)

The applications will be available September 28. The applications will be due in to our offices for review by October 26. We will be awarding the grants the week of November 16, and projects need to be completed and reported to us by May 31, 2023.
Even if you are an old hand at grants this may help you with some aspects of the process. This is certainly the time to ask questions (don’t be shy!) and get the most out of the grant money. We would love, Love, LOVE, to give away all the funding we have for these grants on your projects so put your thinking caps on for projects that can be completed.
And if you could let us know that you will be joining so we can get the application and any necessary paperwork to you that would be much appreciated.
We hope to see you next week for the training!

Canal Place is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PWPHA FY23 Mini Grant Training
Time: Sep 28, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 895 3920 6708
Passcode: 5647sH
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,89539206708#,,,,*474523# US (Washington DC)
+13092053325,,89539206708#,,,,*474523# US

Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 309 205 3325 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 646 931 3860 US
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 386 347 5053 US
+1 564 217 2000 US
+1 669 444 9171 US
+1 719 359 4580 US
+1 720 707 2699 US (Denver)
Meeting ID: 895 3920 6708
Passcode: 474523
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kd9PrAjU2l

Applications can be found here.


And now, the legal stuff:

The PWPHA Grant Program is a source of funding designed to assist and encourage the preservation of historical, archaeological, natural, and cultural resources and support economic development through heritage tourism within the boundaries of the PWP Heritage Area. The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority (CPPDA) is the management entity for the PWP Heritage Area and therefore approves projects and administers the Grants Program. These Grants are for non-capital or programming activities only and may not be used for administrative expenses or any ‘bricks or mortar’ projects.

PWPHA Grants funding amounts will be from $500 to $5,000 with a ‘One to One’ cash match.

Eligibility Information

  1. Applicant is a local jurisdiction or non-profit
  2. Proposed project is consistent with the interpretive theme of transportation as described in the Canal Place Heritage Area Management Plan. Please contact the office for a copy of the management plan.
  3. Utilizes collaborative partnerships
  4. Enhances heritage tourism visitation
  5. Applicant can provide one to one cash match
  6. Demonstrate ability of applicant to initiate, administer and complete project within proposed timeframe, including the submission of the final report
  7. Applicant, or project location, is within the boundaries of the PWPHA (please ask if unsure if you are within the boundary)
  8. Project must not begin before the grant award is announced
  9. Applicant organization is in good standing with the state of Maryland
  10. PWPHA and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority must be acknowledged and logos (provided by Canal Place) must appear on any materials produced or in any publicity for the funded project/program/exhibit. Failure to acknowledge as indicated may result in forfeiture of up to 100% of mini-grant award. Drafts of any printed material must be submitted to PWPHA for approval before completion.
  11. Canal Place/PWPHA reserves rights to use images and other materials connected with funded grant project/program/product, including use of printed materials in downloadable form on CP/PWPHA’s website(s) and/or social media.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should contact the heritage area Executive Director, Deidra Ritchie, to discuss potential mini grant projects before they begin the application. Applications are due (submitted via e-mail) no later than October 26, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Evaluation and award selection are based on the completed application and eligible heritage area criteria. Please note: No grant funds may be expended before the date of grant award notification. All projects are to be completed by May 31, 2023, and all funds relating to the project are to be expended by the project completion date. If the Project is completed for an amount less than that reflected in the Project Budget, the amount of the Grant may be reduced and Grantee shall return all unexpended Grant funds to PWPHA. Final grant reporting requirements are to be submitted no later than May 31, 2023. Time extensions for grants may be requested in writing to the Executive Director.

Awarded grant funds will be disbursed 50% after the receipt of an invoice from grant awardees, with the remaining 50% to be disbursed after project completion and receipt of all required grant reporting and an invoice billing for the remaining grant funds. Please note: as part of grantee’s final report, grantee must provide financial documentation to PWPHA of all expenditures of PWPHA grant funds and all cash contributions utilized to meet these requirements. Grantee’s contributions may include funds derived from other non-State public or private sources; provided however, that no State funds are used for any part of the Grantee’s Contribution.

The following types of activities are eligible to receive Mini Grant funding:

Planning Interpretation
‘¢Feasibility and Planning Studies

‘¢Design Documents


‘¢Data Recovery

‘¢Other planning activities that support the Certified Heritage Area

‘¢Interpretive Exhibits

‘¢Interpretive Signage

‘¢Wayfinding Signage – Pedestrian only

‘¢Interpretive Brochures

‘¢Educational Programs and Materials

‘¢Other interpretive activities that support the Certified Heritage Area

Programming (Preference is given to new, or pilot, programs rather than ongoing activities)
‘¢Seminars ‘¢Reenactments
‘¢Conferences ‘¢Commemorations
‘¢Performances ‘¢Festivals


Time is of the essence so don’t delay-contact us today for your application!