Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area Seeks Grant Applicants

Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. (ESHI), the managing entity for the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, is seeking grant applications for small projects that enhance heritage tourism, museum programming, stewardship, and community heritage activities in Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

Nonprofit groups and governmental agencies may apply for up to $2,500, with a minimum dollar-for-dollar match. Eligible non-capital projects include planning, design, interpretation, events, and programming.

The application deadline is June 14, 2010. A draft submission by May 10 qualifies prospective applicants for coaching. Projects are limited to those starting after July 31, 2010 and before December 31, 2010 and must be completed within 12 months. All applicants are strongly advised to discuss grant ideas with the staff or members of ESHI’s board of directors prior to applying.

Paulette P. Greene, ESHI’s president, stated, “Though small, these grants have helped a great deal to enlarge the number of stories we can tell in this region. Over the past five years, 24 organizations have won these mini-grants.  Even those who have been unsuccessful so far have gained valuable experience in grant writing. Therefore, we expect this grant round to be highly competitive.”

Project requirements include grantees providing a match of at least 100 percent. A minimum of 75 percent of the match must be in cash; the remainder may be in donated services and products or volunteer labor.  Applicants must be located in the state-certified portion of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area, which currently includes most unincorporated areas of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. It also includes 19 towns: Betterton, Centreville, Chestertown,Denton, Easton, Federalsburg, Galena, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Hillsboro,Millington, Oxford, Preston, Queen Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Rock Hall, and Sudlersville.

For more information about the grant process, please contact Elizabeth Watson at 410-778-1460 or

The Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area was begun in the late 1990’s by a group of citizens and public officials seeking ways for Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties to enjoy the benefits of the state’s heritage tourism program. Since ESHI began giving out $10,000 annually through the Small Grants program in 2006, 24 organizations and 35 projects have benefited. The heritage area is managed by Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. (ESHI), a not-for-profit organization. Today, the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area represents the collaborative efforts of nearly 75 nonprofit and governmental institutions and more than 600 local businesses involved in heritage tourism in four counties and 18 towns. For more information about the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area,