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Civil War Heritage Area to hold grant-training workshops in December

November 26, 2007

FREDERICK, Md. - The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, a Maryland heritage area encompassing parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, announces grant-training workshops scheduled for:

· Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m., Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro

· Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church St., Frederick.

· Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m., Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, Md.

The workshops are free and open to representatives of nonprofit organizations or local government units that might be interested in applying to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for grants to support projects in FY'09.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Program awards competitive noncapital grants of up to $50,000 and capital grants of up to $100,000.

Maryland's 11 certified heritage areas promote and facilitate grant proposals in their respective regions, and send applications on to the state for review by the MHAA Technical Advisory Committee and decisions by the MHAA Board.

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Project grant applications and guidelines are available online at www.maryland-historicaltrust.net. Click on "Forms and Documents" and look for "Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Project Grant Application Package" in the Heritage Areas section.

Final proposals are due to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area on Feb. 29, 2008. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority in mid-July will determine grant decisions.

In addition to providing details about MHAA grants, the grant workshops will provide information about HCWHA mini-grants. Reservations are requested but not required. To RSVP or obtain additional information, contact Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Director Liz Shatto at lshatto@fredco-md.net or 301-600-4042. For more information about the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, go to www.heartofthecivilwar.org.

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