MCHENRY — The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is receiving more than $135,000 in grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, according to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
Two multiheritage area grants totaling $45,560 were also awarded which will benefit Garrett County.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area submitted seven grant applications and five of those projects received funds. Dawn Hein, director of the heritage area, said, “We are proud to have worked with a great group of applicants and pleased to have five projects awarded in a round of stiff competition. Garrett County received a total award of $136,388. These grants will allow the recipients to create new resources and programming here in Garrett County.”
The five projects funded are:
• Oakland Heritage Community Foundation, $11,000, expand the heritage tourism experience in Oakland through event programing.
• Town of Grantsville, $25,000, develop plan for rehabilitating Main Street/National Road.
• Barn Quilt Association of Garrett County, $3,000, expand the Garrett County Barn Quilt Trail.
• Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, $89,513, management services of the certified heritage area with a goal to promote heritage tourism.
• Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, $7,875, marketing.
The multiheritage area grants are:
• Showcasing Maryland’s heritage areas through the Star Spangled Banner, $34,860.
• Maryland Historic National Road smartphone application, $10,700.
The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded 58 matching grants totaling $2,699,855 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions and tourism groups. The grants fund historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs in 12 state-designated heritage areas.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is the official management entity for the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and also serves as the destination marketing organization for the county.