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In May, HEC announced a 2020 Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program, through which the organization has committed funds to provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation, sustainment, and preservation of properties within the Ellicott City National Historic District boundaries.

During the past 3 months, HEC has considered several applications. In reviewing them, we would like to make grant applicants aware that HEC has a limited amount of funds to support this program and that the award of these funds will be determined on a competitive basis.  For more information on what makes the best applications, click Read More below and read the information under the July 2020 Update.

Please feel free to contact HEC should you need any further explanation of the grant applications requirements.


HEC was pleased to receive confirmation last week that the Howard County Historical Society completed restoration of the front porch to the Quaker School House, also known as the Weir Building. Funding for the grant was provided by HEC through fundraising from our Decorator Show House event–as part of HEC’s grant partnership with Preservation Maryland.


Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC) is pleased to announce our 2020 Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program.

HEC has committed funds raised from last year’s Decorator Show House to our mission of preserving and restoring historic properties in Howard County. While our passion for preservation can be seen throughout the County, our primary focus for this grant cycle is the improvement of properties within the Ellicott City Historic District. The Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program will provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation, sustainment, and preservation of properties within the Ellicott City National Historic District boundaries.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the 2020 calendar year.  Click Read More to continue…


Katie Jones of the Baltimore Sun Media group reported: “At the group’s first meeting of the year, the decision was made to not host a show house in 2020 with the promise to bring it back the following year. The group said it would focus, instead, on creating new fundraisers for revenue.”

Click Here to read the complete article: No decorator show house this year, but Historic Ellicott City opens doors to new ideas


Historic Ellicott City, Inc. is pleased to announce that our administrative office has moved to the St. John’s Cemetery Lodge on St. Johns Lane in Ellicott City, Maryland.

If you have ever wondered about the little grey stone house next to the cemetery on St. John’s Lane, click Read More to find out.