DiSanto: State Grants Available for Museums, County Historical Societies

Harrisburg – State Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) today announced that state Cultural and Historical Support Grants are now available for qualified museums and official county historical societies.

This is the sixth year that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has worked with the state legislature to provide funding for museums through the grant program.  A total of $2 million was included in the 2018-2019 state budget for the initiative. 

“Our region has a rich heritage and vibrant history, with stories and artifacts that need to be handed down to future generations,” DiSanto said. “With this relatively modest funding, museums and county historical societies across Pennsylvania will get the support they need to help preserve our history.”

The Cultural and Historical Support grant program is restricted to eligible organizations that are not supported by other state agency funding programs, including:

  • Museums located in Pennsylvania with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person (some museums are not eligible if they are eligible for grant support from other state agencies). The maximum award for a museum is $65,000.
  • Official county historical societies. The awards for Official County Historical Societies range from $2,500 to $4,000.

Applicants must meet organizational eligibility requirements. Awards are based on a calculation that uses the operating budget from the most recently completed fiscal year. 

Applications must be received by January 25, 2019. All PHMC grant applications are now submitted on the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance system at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Eligibility information and grant guidelines can be found on the PHMC website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ### 

CONTACT: Chuck Erdman 717-787-6801 cerdman@pasen.gov

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