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COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Cultural Organizations and
Museums for Assistance During the COVID-19 Crisis

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania cultural organizations and museums in local communities for financial relief during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to provide direct assistance to museums, zoos, and other arts and cultural organizations that were prohibited from operating in regular capacity due to the pandemic.

Grant 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, published at 50 PA.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. The period for calculating lost revenue shall be from the date the applicant was subject to closure through July 31, 2020. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190826

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant is $500,000 per eligible cultural organization or museum. The minimum grant is $25,000 per eligible cultural organization or museum.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible cultural organizations or museums must be one of the following categories to be eligible for funding:

- Children’s Museum
- General Museum with at least two equally significant disciplines
- History Museum or Historical Site
- Military or Maritime Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Accredited Zoo
- Planetarium
- Science and Technology Center
- Orchestra
- Art Museum
- Performing Arts Organization

For evaluating applications under this program, the following terms shall be defined as:
- Eligible Cultural Organization – A facility or organization meeting the criteria for grant under Section III.A. and that was subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, published at 50 PA.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure.
- Museum – An institution that cares for and presents owned or borrowed collections of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical or scientific importance that presents the collection to the public for the purpose of education and enjoyment and that was subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, published at 50 PA.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. The term shall include each organization within a tax-exempt organization that meets the criteria of this definition.

Other applicant requirements for eligible cultural organizations and museums:
- Must provide evidence that the eligible cultural organization or museum has received funding prior to the May 29, 2020 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission or the Department of Community and Economic Development;
- Must be located in Pennsylvania;
- Must have tax-exempt status (501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service;
- Must have been incorporated and have been exhibiting to the public for at least two years prior to the submission of the grant application;
- Must have an operating budget in excess of $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services). If a museum receives operating support from another Pennsylvania agency or commission, please check with the Program Contact to verify if the museum has a discreet and itemized operating budget for its activities to be funded through the grant program;
- Must have at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent);
- Must be registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, Charities Section.

For a list of ineligible applicants: https://dced.pa.gov/download/covid-19-cultural-and-museum-preservation-grant-guidelines-2020/?wpdmdl=95175#page=5

Ineligible uses of funds: The program grant funds cannot be used to offset revenue which has already been offset from other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state, and local government sources.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted between June 29, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Online application: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx

Phone: (717) 787-6245
Email: ra-dcedcbf@pa.gov

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

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