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Federal Funds Available for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Federal Funds Available for Hurricane Sandy Relief


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March 06, 2014

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has announced a competitive process to provide financial assistance to properties, districts or jurisdictions in Maryland that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The National Park Service awarded more than $7.6 million to eight East Coast states to help stabilize or repair historic properties damaged by Sandy. The Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant Program for historic properties funds grants between $10,000 and $150,000. Eligible applicants include state government agencies, local jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, business organizations and individuals. Applications are due May 2, 2014 and no matching funds are required.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency estimates that 1,068 houses were damaged across Maryland, 927 of them in Somerset County and 593 in Crisfield. The old waterfront city, once the center of the state's oyster industry, has a large historic district dating back to 1870, with some 260 historic buildings. In western Maryland, Garrett County lost power for six days, and heavy winds damaged homes and businesses.

Grants will be offered for rehabilitation, restoration, preservation or protection of structures that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Properties must be listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places to qualify for the grant. Capital projects require the conveyance of a preservation easement to Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). Funds also will go toward documentation, studies, surveys, archeology, or planning activities, including projects that assist with disaster preparedness in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Application forms and guidelines are available at the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants website.

A March 17 workshop in Crownsville, Maryland provides more information on the grant.