The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is pleased to announce the recipients of the FY2017 Mini-grants awarded through the Heritage Area. Over $3,750 was awarded to local organizations to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region. Recipients must match the grant dollar for dollar and complete the projects by May 31, 2017. Grant funding is still available until the $10,000 cap is met and applications and guidelines may be found at the Garrett Heritage website, www.garrettheritage.com.
FY2017 Mini-Grant Awards:
End of the Line Bookstore Signage – $165.50 awarded to the non-profit organization End of the Line Bookstore to create and install signage for the bookstore to create awareness to visitors and residents.
Garrett County Celtic Festival – $2,000 awarded to the Highland Festival of Garrett County, Inc. for assistance of event elements including advertising, children’s village and performers/demonstrators.
Meshach Browning Trail System Signage – $1,135 awarded to the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club to create and install trail signage depicting the story of famous local hunter, Meshach Browning.
Enabling Equipment for Digital Oral History – $476 awarded to the Garrett County Historical Society to film and record oral histories from Garrett County residents.
“We are excited to support these local projects by leveraging the heritage area funds we receive through our management grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority,” said Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director. “Many local projects would not be possible without mini-grants and these projects help promote heritage tourism to Garrett County.”
About The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is one of 13 certified Heritage Areas by the state of Maryland. Established in September of 2011 and managed by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Area’s mission is to engage public and private partners in the commitment to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism. The Mini-Grant Program is made possible through a Management Grant that the Chamber receives from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), a state heritage organization and program of the Maryland Historical Trust.
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