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Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, IHEs, and Municipalities
for Small Capital Projects to Restore Historic Sites

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

Deadline Date:

03/01/21

Description:

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and local governments for small capital projects at sites with historic significance throughout the state. Applicants must contact program staff to verify eligibility prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of publicly accessible historic buildings listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Work may be interior or exterior, including: 

  • Preservation: The act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity and materials of a historic property. Work, including preliminary measures to protect and stabilize the property, generally focuses upon the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction. New exterior additions are not within the scope of this treatment; however, the limited and sensitive upgrading of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and other code required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a preservation project.
  • Rehabilitation: The act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural and architectural values.
  • Restoration: The act or process of accurately depicting the form, features and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and other code related work to make properties functional is appropriate within a restoration project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180116

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for funding to the Historic Preservation Construction Grants may range from $5,000 (for $10,000 projects) to $100,000 (for projects of $200,000 and over). The Commission may, at its discretion, consider applications for grants under $5,000 and may approve partial funding for larger requests.

Term of Contract:

If the applicant is selected for funding, their project period will commence with the date of execution of the grant agreement, approximately September 2021 to September 30, 2023. Project or design work must be initiated within forty-five days of the date that the fully executed Grant Agreement is sent to the grantee.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to non-profit organizations and local governments.

Nonprofit organizations and public agencies that own or support a publicly accessible historic property listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places, or that own or support a contributing historic property in a National Register Historic District may apply for grant assistance.
- Certified Local Governments
- Colleges and Universities
- Conservancies
- Historic Preservation Organizations
- Historical Societies
- Local Governments
- Museums
- Religious Institutions
- Other historical organizations
- Museums and historic sites that are owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission but operated by independent nonprofit organizations.
- Multipurpose Organizations. Individual subunits (e.g. Moravian Pottery and Tile Works) within multipurpose government (e.g. County of Bucks) or tax-exempt organizations may apply for grants if they function as a discrete unit within the parent organization. A subunit that is part of a larger organization will be deemed eligible if: The unit has administrative autonomy for its operations; the unit has a fully segregated and itemized operating budget within that of the parent organization; the unit is able to separately and distinctly fulfill all eligibility and application requirements.

Note: More than one qualified subunit within a multipurpose organization may apply for funding during the same grant cycle.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: To apply for a Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant, an organization must meet the following requirements:
- Must be located in Pennsylvania;
- Must have tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service or entity of local government;
- Must be incorporated and serving the public for at least five (5) consecutive years prior to the submission of the application; and
- Must be registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State: Bureau of Charitable Organizations, as required. (For further information, contact the Bureau of Charitable Organizations. See Contact Information below.)

The property for which funds are requested must meet the following requirements:
- Must be located in Pennsylvania;
- Must be documented as being listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing property in a National Register Historic District (applications that do not include appropriate documentation from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office will not be eligible for funding);
- Must be open and accessible to the public on a regular basis, not less than 100 days per year. (If it is not currently accessible to the public, the applicant must include detailed plans to open the property to the public as a result of the grant.)

Ineligible Applicants:
- Museums and historic sites operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission;
- Associate groups at museums and historic sites operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission;
- Management groups at museums and historic sites owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission;
- Museums and historic sites operated by state or federal government agencies;
- Associate groups at museums and historic sites operated by state or federal government agencies;
- Commonwealth-assisted libraries (grants are available through the Department of Education);
- For-profit organizations or corporations;
- State government;
- Federal government; and
- Individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be completed by March 1, 2021 on DCED's Single Application for Assistance.

Applicants should check with the grant manager to confirm organizational eligibility.

Grant Period and Implementation Timetable:
- May 2021: Peer Reviews
- June 2021: PHMC Approves Panel Recommendations
- July 2021: Award/Rejection Letters and Grant Agreements Mailed to Applicants
- October 2021: Project Start Date/Fully Executed Grant Agreement
- September 30, 2023: Project End Date/Final Reports Due

Eligible applicants may apply for and receive either one Keystone Historic Preservation Planning Grant or a Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant, not both.

Preservation covenants are required on all properties receiving funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The covenant is in place for a period of up to fifteen years and requires the owner to contact the PHMC for review and approval prior to the commencement of any substantial construction that may adversely affect the property's eligibility for the National Register.

Grantees may be required to abide by the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act if the estimated cost of project work exceeds $25,000 and is supported by any public funds. Grantees are advised to seek legal counsel to determine whether the Act applies.

Funding requests require a 50/50 cash match.

Project-related expenses are reimbursable; successful applicants need to maintain an adequate cash match to ensure completion of their project within the grant period.

Program Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVzrguEl5z4&t=133s

Application Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwJ1oLQEGkM&t=550s

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/

For assistance with the ESA system, contact:
DCED Customer Service
(866) 466-3972
ra-dcedcs@pa.gov

For program information, please contact:
Karen Arnold, Program Manager:
(717) 783-9927
kaarnold@pa.gov

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