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December 7, 2017

Council Connections

Bridging Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties


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Dates to Remember


December 11, 2017

Tri-County Council for Western MarylandBusiness Meeting & Dinner

5:00 pm

Nick's Airport Inn
Hagerstown, Maryland

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Thursday, January 25 -

Friday, January 26, 2018
Mountain Maryland PACE Reception

Annapolis, Maryland








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Notice of Funding Availability

National Park Service Program Funds Technology for Historic Preservation

The Preservation Technology and Training Grants program provides support to create better tools, materials, and approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections
Application deadline is January 4, 2018. 




Funds Available to Improve Air Travel for Small Communities

  The Small Community Air Service Development Program provides support to small communities to help them enhance their air service, including support for underserved airports. Criteria allows grant applicants to self-identify its air service deficiences and propose an appropriate solution. The program can involve, among others, revenue guarantees, financial assistance for marketing programs, start-up costs and studies.
Application deadline is December 15, 2017.


Notice of Changes to Eligible Area Maps for USDA Rural Development Housing Programs


The public shall have 90 days from Friday, December 1, 2017 to submit comments regarding the potential loss of eligibility for Rural Development housing programs. 
Comments should be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USDA Rural Development is conducting a review of all areas under its jurisdiction to identify areas that no
longer qualify as rural for housing programs. The last rural area reviews were performed in 2012-2013 using
the 2010 census data. This review, which is done every five years, will utilize the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data. 

Based on the 2015 ACS data and rural area guidance located in Handbook HB-1-3550, Chapter 5, the rural eligibility designation is under review for the following areas:


Calvert County - Lusby Area
Carroll County - Westminster City Area
Cecil County - Elkton Area
Dorchester County - Cambridge Area
Frederick County - Urbana & Frederick City Areas
Harford County - Aberdeen Area
Montgomery County - Clarksburg Area
St. Mary's County - Lexington Park Area
Talbot County - Easton Area
Washington County - Hagerstown/Halfway Area
Worcester County - Ocean Pines Area


CLICK HERE for a detailed description of each area under review.


Please contact the Delaware/Maryland Rural Development Housing Program staff at (302) 857-3595 for questions about specific changes.




 Maryland InfoPortal
A Digital Catalog of State Assistance Programs


Maryland InfoPortal (formerly called Redbook Online) is the best one stop for finding financial and non-financial assistance offered by Maryland state government agencies on the web. The Maryland Department of Planning, through the State Clearinghouse, hosts this digital catalog and coordinates the timeliness and accuracy of the information with a network of more than 80 sponsoring agencies.

Maryland InfoPortal contains links to 700-plus state programs providing financial, non-financial and technical assistance and direct development to local government, civic and private organizations, and individuals.


What type of program information is available to search through the Maryland InfoPortal?

Financial Assistance & Direct Development
Non-Financial Assistance
Technical Assistance


Follow this link for full details and Search the InfoPortal for assistance programs and the agency sponsor.