This month, the Maryland Historical Society announced the first recipients of its new grant program MdHS Pathways. Eleven organizations across the state will receive grants of up to $20,000.
The MdHS Pathways program awards grants to small historical organizations throughout Maryland. The goal of the program is to support the long-term resiliency and efficacy of the existing organizations that make up Maryland’s heritage community. The grant, administered by the Maryland Historical Society, was made possible through an annually recurring fund proposed by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller in the 2018 legislative session. The winners were selected from forty-three eligible applications by a panel of heritage experts from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware.
The eleven grant winners include the Sandy Spring Museum, Mid-Atlantic Moving Image Archive, and the Historical Society of Carroll County, among others. The Richardson Maritime Museum, which won one of the grants, plans to use the money to develop a new permanent location which will consolidate all the collections and operations to one physical location.
MdHS President and CEOMark Letzer said, “The Maryland Historical Society looks forward to working with these heritage innovators throughout their grant period and promoting their good work to the public. Overall, we are amazed by the breadth of exciting heritage projects being planned across Maryland.”
The second cycle of the MdHS Pathways grant opens in the fall. A full list of this cycle’s winners can be seen here.