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PHMC Accepting Applications for Historic Preservation Grants

Wednesday January 11th, 2017

Local governments and nonprofits may apply for a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Applications are due March 1, 2017.

The grant program supports projects that identify, preserve, promote, and protect historic and archaeological resources in the commonwealth to benefit the public and revitalize communities. The grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund. A total of $1.5 million is available.

Two categories of grants, project and construction, are available for historic resources that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants may apply for only one category of grant.

Project grants are available for planning and development initiatives that enhance historic preservation in communities. Applications may include municipal planning initiatives focusing on historic resources or plans to meet building- or project-specific goals. Project grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and require a 50 percent cash match.

Construction grants are available for rehabilitation, preservation, and restoration activities for publically accessible historic resources that are owned by a nonprofit or local government. Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000 and require a 50 percent cash match.

Grants are awarded through a competitive selection process and are contingent upon funding availability. Applicants must use the web-based grant application process (eGrant). For program guidelines and eGrant instructions, go to www.phmc.pa.gov, choose the "Preservation" tab at the top, and click on "Grants and Funding."

Webinars explain grant program

PHMC will host two free webinars about the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program's guidelines and application process. The webinar will help participants understand eligibility and funding requirements, become familiar with the eGrant system, and learn the difference between good and not-so-good projects. Participants will also be able to ask questions and learn from other participants.

Webinars are scheduled at the following times:

• January 19, 2-3 p.m.

• January 24, 10-11 a.m.

To register for one of the webinars, call PHMC's Karen Arnold at (717) 783-9927 or email kaarnold@pa.gov.