Pennsylvania Legislative Leaders Encourage Museums & Historical Societies to Apply for State Grants

HARRISBURG – Legislative leaders from the state Senate and House today reminded museums across Pennsylvania to apply for Cultural and Historical Support grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-66), Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-165) explained that in the 2013-2014 state budget the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission received $2 million for the museum grant program.

The program is open to museums located in Pennsylvania, as well as Official County Historical Societies.  According to legislative leaders, this is the second year that they have worked to ensure funding for museum grants has been included in the state budget appropriation for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  This year’s program expanded on the success of last year’s program, which allotted just over $1 million in funding for the grant program in the 2012-13 state budget.

“Our Commonwealth is fortunate to have outstanding museums and historic sites across all of Pennsylvania,” Senator Scarnati said. “I am pleased that again this year, the historical support grants will help to preserve our history by offering many museums and historical societies assistance they need to continue providing excellent educational opportunities, while also raising the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents.”

“Museums inspire curiosity and allow people to interpret works of art, history and culture,” Representative Smith stated. “For the public good, they collect, safeguard and hold in trust valuable artifacts.”

“Pennsylvania’s museums connect us to our state’s rich history and teach us important lessons from the past to help us be a better state today,” Senator Pileggi said. “I’m pleased to support this important grant program.”

“A museum preserves archives and displays important historical collections,” Representative Turzai said.  “We ask museums to apply for General Operating Support for grants to maintain these valuable treasures of our Commonwealth, and to ensure future generations can learn from them.”

The goals of the Cultural and Historical Support program are to strengthen the Pennsylvania museum community through providing general operating support to museum and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

Organizations operating multiple sites or museums may only apply for one grant. The minimum grant amount for FY 2013-2014 will be $3,000 and maximum grant amount will be $65,000. Grant applications must be received by March 14, 2014.

Full guidelines and more information about the Cultural and Historical Support grant program are available on PHMC’s website .


Drew Crompton
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