Town in St. Mary’s awarded grant

On April 1, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) presented the Town of Leonardtown with a $19,000 matching grant in support of the Raiders & Invaders Weekend commemorating the War of 1812, which will take place June 6 to 8.

Leonardtown joined 13 other nonprofit and government organizations across Maryland, which together are investing more than $3.3 million in bicentennial projects that support programming, education, visitor experience and capital improvements and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the state.

“The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner are important chapters in our history as a state and as a nation,” O’Malley said in a statement.

“We are delighted to be awarded a Star-Spangled 200 grant today,” said Dan Burris, mayor of Leonardtown. “The Raiders & Invaders weekend will engage all Marylanders in the bicentennial of our national anthem by recognizing the history behind the invasion and how the town folks managed during a time of upheaval to their daily lives and the impact on its future.”

“From the kickoff of this year’s Chesapeake Campaign in St. Mary’s County to the Bicentennial Living American Flag with 6,700 school children at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, these grants will bring the bicentennial to life in 2014,” said Bill Pencek, executive director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The Star-Spangled 200 (SS200) Grant Program stimulates investment in the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the national anthem. The program will operate for the three-year commemoration and is funded through Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin surcharge proceeds, corporate sponsorships and state appropriations.

There are a total of six grant application rounds during the three-year commemoration. The sixth round is currently open and will close on May 1. Eligible organizations can learn more about the grant program at

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