Three counties and two dozen cities and towns in central and western Maryland have formed the "Heart of the Civil War."
Heritage area sites in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties were visited by the group during the familiarization tour and review of grantees in the Target Investment Zones.
When certified by the State of Maryland, the new Heritage Area will be the 11th certified heritage area in Maryland. The designation will make local jurisdictions eligible for a variety of grants to boost tourism and historic preservation.
Once the area is fully certified, likley in July, grants will be available to local governments, organizations, businesses and individuals for marketing materials, preservation projects and new construction. Local governments, businesses and nonprofit agencies may apply for matching grants. They may also qualify for tax incentives to rehabilitate nonhistoric buildings with a tourism use.