CHESTERTOWN — The Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area has small grants of up to $5,000 available for heritage projects within the portions of Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties in the heritage area.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically by Nov. 2.

Recent grants include oral histories, walking tour brochures, interpretative panels and publication of research, according to a news release.

Eligible activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area Management Plan, which can be found at www.storiesofthechesapeake.org.

Eligible projects include planning, design and the development and presentation of interpretive exhibits, interpretive signage, materials or other relevant products that promote, interpret and preserve the resources found in the heritage area.

Also eligible are new or pilot programs that encourage revitalization of and reinvestment in heritage area resources such as seminars, conferences, performances, reenactments, commemorations and festivals.

Capital projects such as renovations, new construction or purchase of property are not eligible for a small grant.

Organizations must provide a dollar-for-dollar match of which at least 40% must be cash; no more than 60% may be in-kind. The organizations must verify that the project may be completed by Sept. 1, 2021.

The application and instructions may be found on the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area website.

Call 410-778-1460 or email info@storiesofthechesa peake.org with any questions.

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