Stakeholders are current and potential partners of the Heritage Area, mostly nonprofit organizations and local or federal government units. These organizations may apply for HCWHA Mini-Grants ($500 to $2,500) and MHAA Project Grants (up to $50,000 for non-capital projects and up to $100,000 for capital projects) for projects that take place within the boundaries of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. We also collaborate with partners to plan programs throughout the Heritage Area, and to promote events at museums, historic sites, parks, and Main Streets. See lists of previous grantees in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties.

Exploring Engagement Series

HCWHA recently launched Exploring Engagement, a quarterly series of free workshops for interpreters, educators, and other staff/volunteers at area museums and historic sites. The hashtag for the workshop series is #ExploringEngagement. Have an idea for a topic you'd like to explore? Let us know!

Next workshop: TBD

Past workshops:

Ongoing Opportunities for Stakeholders

Sign up for the Mason-Dixon Dispatch, our e-newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive information about technical assistance, funding, and professional development opportunities through the Heritage Area.

Interested in hosting a public program in the Heritage Area? We are now accepting proposals for programs at the Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield on a rolling basis.

Resources for Partners

View Outreach for Spanish-Speaking Communities in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. A 2021 summer project undertaken by intern John Echeverria.

The project aims to begin a dialogue and offer guidance for our partners and stakeholders who seek to engage Spanish-speaking audiences. It offers tools for organizations to review their practices and continue to develop their cultural competency. The guidelines include examples of programming that has successfully engaged with Latinx and Hispanic audiences. The document also identifies points of contact in each of the Heritage Area's three counties, Frederick, Carroll, and Washington.

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is committed to continuing the momentum presented in this document. Please reach out with any questions or ideas sparked by the guidelines and stay tuned for future programming on this subject.

Thank you to the many partner organizations and individuals who contributed to the formulation of the guidelines, including: Camilla Sandoval, Alex Vindas-Cruz and others at Monocacy National Battlefield, Andrew Arvizu with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Chesapeake Conservancy Roving Rangers, Canal for All staff including the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Drew Gruber with Civil War Trails, and the many others who offered their time and expertise.