Governor Hogan Announces New $50 Million Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Photo of Maryland rural/farming landscape, Maryland Department of Planning.

Governor Larry Hogan announced in February that $50 million in grant funds will be made available to boost economic development activity, stimulate private sector investment, and grow jobs in the state’s rural regions. Five rural regional councils, representing the Upper, Mid and Lower Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, and Western Maryland, will submit proposals to the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) outlining how they plan to use up to $10 million available through the Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund.

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Maryland Historical Trust Now Accepting Applications for FY22 Historic Preservation Capital Grants

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Figure 1 – Sotterley Plantation gatehouse project, Nancy Easterling. Courtesy Maryland Historical Trust.

Applications are now being accepted for the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program FY22 round of grants. Applications may be submitted online until March 15, 2022.

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Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Urban Trees Grant Program Now Accepting Tree Planting Requests in Urban, Underserved Communities

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The Urban Trees Grant Program, a requirement by the Maryland General Assembly as a component of a 5,000,000-tree goal by 2031, welcomes requests for tree planting projects in urban, underserved communities. Applications may be submitted online until 4:00 pm EST on March 3, 2022. 

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Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse at

The Smart Growth Network (SGN) is a partnership of government, business, and civic organizations that support smart growth. Created in 1996, the network has become a clearinghouse for information about smart growth strategies (thus the name, Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse, or SGIC) through the website, Smart Growth Online, which features smart growth-related news, events, research, presentations and publications, including information on grant opportunities, workshops and webinars. Continue reading