Mary K. Bowman Fine Arts Fund

In 2008, the board of directors of the Washington County Historical and Fine Arts Trust voted to dissolve their corporation and turn assets of $1 million over to the Community Foundation. A new fund, the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund, was established at the Foundation to carry on the distribution of grants as intended by the will of Mary K. Bowman. Their advisory board remains intact to continue the granting process.

The Mary K. Bowman Fund for Historical and Fine Arts provides financial support for current charitable and educational initiatives that preserve and maintain historical and cultural properties in Washington County. It also promotes the fine arts, history and historic preservation while encouraging the interest in and study of such matters. Anyone who has an interest in historical preservation and education, or the fine arts, can support this fund at the Foundation at any time.

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Program Description

Applications are now closed for the 2019 granting cycle. Grants go towards organizations and programs that preserve and maintain historical and cultural properties in Washington County, and promote the fine arts, remembrances in the historical, history and historic preservation, and encourage others to do so, and promote interest in and study of such matters. The average grant amount in recent years has equaled about $4,500. The Community Foundation does not fund overhead expenses or capital expenses not directly related to programming.


  • Applicant organizations must be based in and primarily serving Washington County, MD, and have a current 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.
  • Organizations may apply for funding for more than one program; however, each program requires a separate grant application.
  • Any project requesting financial support for capital improvement to a historical structure must be in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties.

**Please note: If you choose to apply for funding for a program previously supported, please include evidence of the program’s success and any partnerships into which you have entered into in order to ensure continuity of the program. Explain why continued support from this fund is essential to the program’s viability.**

If you have any questions about this fund and its granting process, please call Sarah Burge, director of grants & donor relations at (301) 745-5210.

This year’s fund awarded $68,984 to the following 15 local nonprofit organizations:

  • Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation: $1,070 for the Summer Arts Academy for students in grades 5th-12th.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Washington County: $1,000 for a girl’s step team that incorporates all four area clubs.
  • C&O Canal Trust: $5,000 for canal classrooms in Williamsport providing a multidisciplinary STEAM program to 4th graders.
  • Douglas G. Bast Museum of History and Preservation, Inc: $2,000 for the development of outreach and educational materials.
  • Hagerstown Aviation Museum: $3,929 to support the Fairchild PT-19 Aircraft restoration project.
  • Hagerstown Community Concert Association: $2,750 for student outreach concerts to participating students from Washington County Public Schools.
  • Hagerstown Day Nursery: $4,150 for the children at the center to attend all Kinder Konzerts and visit the Discovery Station and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra: $10,000 to support the 2019-20 Kinder Konzert series.
  • Sharpsburg Historical Society: $2,700 to reset, recover and repair the remaining tombstones in Methodist Cemetery.
  • Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ: $5,000 for a stained-glass window restoration project.
  • Washington County Arts Council: $1,000 for the Art Educators of Washington County 2020 Exhibit.
  • Washington County Historical Society: $3,075 for conservation work on the 1864 Ransom Demand of Hagerstown by the Confederate troops.
  • Washington County Historical Trust: $7,500 to restore the Saylor House at Kiwanis Park.
  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts: $15,860 to support youth art education programs during 2019-20.
  • Zion Reformed United Church of Christ: $3,950 for the restoration, preservation and maintenance of their historical cemetery.