Local Organizations Awarded $50,000 in COVID-19 Cultural/Museum Grants

Two cultural organizations in the 34th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $50,000 in funding through the state’s COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

The Columbus Chapel & Boalsburg Estate Society History Museum and the State Theatre Performing Arts Organization each received a $25,000 grant.

The COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program was created this year to provide grants to cultural organizations and museums that lost revenue due to Governor Wolf’s order to close businesses and other operations deemed non-essential.

“These cultural organizations are an important part of our economy and our communities, and many were forced to shut down for extended periods during the Governor’s Emergency Declaration,” Corman said.  “I’m pleased that they have received grants as part of the federal CARES Act so they can continue to serve area residents and tourists.”

The funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Finance Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. The program was created as part of Act 24 of 2020, which distributed approximately $2.1 billion of Pennsylvania’s share of funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help many individuals and organizations impacted by the pandemic, including farmers, schools, community-based services, college students, hospitals, long-term care services, child care services, food banks and more.


CONTACT: Jennifer Kocher –  jkocher@pasen.gov