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Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Non-Profit Museums & Historical Societies
for Organizational Support & Growth

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)

Deadline Date:

12/12/14

Description:

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Grants of up to $65,000 to Pennsylvania non-profit museums and County historical societies for a variety of general and operating expenses necessary to maintain and grow the organization. Museums and historical societies must have been in operation for at least two years before submission of the application.

Eligible museums include children's museums, general museums, history museums, historical sites, military and maritime museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, and museums within multipurpose government or tax-exempt organizations.

Grants may be used to fund the following:
* Salaries and Wages
* Benefits
* Insurance
* Museum Store/Gift Shop
* Food Service
* Contractual
* Professional Development
* Travel
* Printing and Publication
* Telephone/Postage/All Telecommunications
* Fundraising/Development
* Marketing Supplies
* Equipment

Grants may not be used to fund the following:
* Endowments
* Acquisition of objects for the collections
* Capital improvement projects
* Projects that serve a religious purpose or promote religious dogma
* Exhibitions or public programs not available to the public or taking place outside of Pennsylvania
* Prizes and awards
* Expenses for entertainment
* Lobbying-related expenses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148874

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,900,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Museums: $3,000 - $65,000; County Historical Societies: $2,500 - $4,000.

Term of Contract:

One year.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions that meet the American Association of Museums' definition that "a museum must be a legally organized nonprofit institution, essentially educational in nature, with professional staff, which owns or utilizes tangible objects, cares for them, and exhibits them to the public on some regular schedule" may apply for grant assistance.

A museum must meet the following requirements:
- Must be located in Pennsylvania;
- Must have tax-exempt status (501(c)(3)) with the Internal Revenue Service or be an entity of local government;
- Must have been incorporated and have been exhibiting to the public for at least two years prior to the submission of the grant application; and
- Must have an operating budget in excess of $100,000;
- Must have at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent);
- Must be registered with the Pennsylvania Commission on Charitable Organizations, as required.

Official County Historical Society must meet the following requirements:
- Must be located in Pennsylvania;
- Must have a designation of the organization as the official historical society for the county;
- Must have been incorporated and operating for a minimum of two years as a membership group with at least 100 paid members prior to filing the grant application;
- Must hold at least one public meeting per year;
- Must have a properly adopted constitution and bylaws and have elected officers to conduct the business of the society;
- Must have tax-exempt status (501(c)(3)) with the Internal Revenue Service;
- Must have a permanent physical facility wherein books, documents, papers and other objects of historical interest are deposited and available to the public at least 100 days per year;
- Must have at least one full-time paid or unpaid staff member or the equivalent who is responsible for the operations and programs of the society; and
- Must sponsor programs relevant to county history including educational and public programs and have an active research and publications program.
- Must be registered with the Pennsylvania Commission on Charitable Organizations, as required.

If the operating budget is less than $300,000, the organization must apply as an Official County Historical Society. Official County Historical Societies with operating budgets in excess of $300,000 must apply as a Museum.

Ineligible:
- Art Museums, Aquariums, Arboretums, Botanical Gardens, Nature Centers, and Zoological Parks
- 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
- Museums with annual operating budgets less than $100,000
- Consortia of museums
- Individuals

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be completed by Friday December 12, 2014 on PHMC's eGrant application system and hard copy materials must be received by Friday December 19, 2014.

Contact Information:

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

Scott Doyle, Division Chief, Grant Programs and Markers
(717) 783-6012
midoyle@pa.gov

General Mailing Address:
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau for Historic Preservation
Commonwealth Keystone Building, Second Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093

Phone (717) 783-8946
Fax (717) 772-0920

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