Heritage consortium gets 1812 promotion grant

Friday, October 25, 2013


The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium announced that its office at the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland will receive funding from the Maryland 1812 Commission for programs and events across the region during the regional commemoration of the events of 1814.

State officials Monday morning were in Brookeville to award $1.2 million in grants to the town of Brookeville and other nonprofit and government entities in support of a variety of War of 1812 bicentennial projects.

T. Eloise Foster, secretary of the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, and Dominick Murray, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, presented the $50,000 grant, from the Maryland 1812 Commission for events associated with its War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration,

The grant was accepted by SMHAC Executive Director Roz Racanello.

There were 15 grant recipients receiving awards.

The grant in Southern Maryland, supplemented by matching funds, will support programming, speakers, events, a regional visitor guide and other projects across Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Funding is through corporate sponsorships, state appropriations and proceeds from the sale of Star-Spangled Banner commemorative coins and other memorabilia.

“We are pleased to be able to provide these grants, which will be supplemented by more than $2.5 million in matching funds to revitalize communities, spur tourism and create jobs,” Murray said, according to an SMHAC news release.

Contact the consortium at SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org or 301-274-4083.

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