Nearly $1 Million In African American Heritage Preservation Grants Awarded

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Annapolis— The Hogan administration announced that 12 Maryland nonprofits were recently awarded nearly $1 million in funds by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). These grants offer assistance to organizations and private citizens in their sponsorship of projects involving the acquisition, construction, or improvement of sites related to African American heritage.

“Our administration is pleased to provide funding that will improve and preserve sites that promote African American heritage in Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “It is essential that we recognize and understand the history of these sites and their significance in the African American experience in our state and our nation.”

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 community in Maryland. The FY20 grant awards range from $12,250 to $100,000.

The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the MHT and the MCAAHC. The MHT, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning, assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage through research, conservation, and education. The MCAAHC is one of seven ethnic and cultural commissions within the Governor’s Office of Community initiatives, and works to interpret, document, preserve, and promote Maryland’s African American heritage and support institutions and groups with similar objectives.

For more information about the grant program, contact Charlotte Lake, Ph.D. (MHT) at charlotte.lake@maryland.gov or 410-697-9559, or MCAAHC

Director Chanel Compton at chanel.compton@maryland.gov or

410-216-6180.