Sen. Yaw Applauds Grants Awarded to Regional Museums and Cultural Organizations

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today applauded nearly $100,000 in grant funding through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program for area cultural organizations and museums.

“This money comes at a time when businesses and organizations have had to shut their doors,” Sen. Yaw said.  “This funding will be used to offset some of those costs.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved 164 projects in 36 counties. Of those projects, the Lewisburg Children’s Museum (Union County) has been awarded $25,000; the Bradford County Regional Arts Council has been awarded $35,085 and the Community Arts Center (Lycoming County) has been awarded $31,670.  A list of all recipients can be found online.

Under the program, funds may be used to offset lost revenue for eligible cultural organizations and museums that were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. Funds cannot be used to offset revenue, which has already been offset from other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state, and local government sources.

Eligible cultural organizations or museums included children’s museums, general museums with at least two equally significant disciplines, history museums or historical sites, military or maritime museums, natural history museums, accredited zoos, planetariums, science and technology centers, orchestras, art museums, and performing arts organizations.

More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website.

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CONTACT:    Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
(717) 787-3280

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