Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grants – In response to the flood in Ellicott City during the July 2016, HEC initiated a new grant program called the Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program. HEC partnered with Preservation Maryland to administer the program. In its first year, HEC awarded $50,000 to the following projects:
Recipient: Patapsco Heritage Greenway
Project: Façade Improvement on Tonge Row
Description: Funding will support restoration of the front and rear facades of the stone rowhome on Tonge Row which houses the offices and public programs of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway.
Recipient: Howard County Historical Society
Project: Restoration of the Second Quaker Schoolhouse
Description: Funding will support both interior and exterior capital repairs to the building to prepare the structure for its future conversion to an engaging children’s museum.
Recipient: Ellicott City Historic District Partnership
Project: Signage for lower Main Street
Description: Funding will support the replacement of the flood level sign near the Patapsco River Bridge and the creation of a plaque above the 10 mile marker under the CSX Bridge.
Recipient: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks
Project: Interpretive Exhibit Panels for the B&O Museum, Ellicott City Station
Description: Funding will support new interpretive signage and exhibits for the iconic structure.
Recipient: Howard County Historic Preservation Commission
Project: Printing and distribution of updated historic district design guidelines
Description: Funding will support the publication and distribution of updated design guidelines for the Ellicott City historic district. Design guidelines, which help maintain the district’s distinctive look and feel, will be widely distributed in an effort to help improve and rebuild the historic district.
Recipient: Howard County Tourism Council
Project: Welcome Center Rain Garden
Description: After the front lawn of the Howard County Welcome Center was damaged in the flood, there was a reevaluation of the design and composition of the lawn, resulting in the decision to create a rain garden featuring native plants, features designed to slow water flow, and interpretive signage. Funding will support installing this new rain garden and interpretive panels.
Recipient: St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church
Project: Exterior repairs
Description: This grant will help fund exterior repairs to the historic St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church on Main Street.