Bartolotta Announces COVID-19 Grants for Local Museums, Cultural Organizations

HARRISBURG – Museums and cultural organizations in Washington County will receive state grants through a new program designed to offset some of their financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

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.

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.

Grant recipients include:

  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum ($25,000)
  • Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village ($25,000)
  • Bradford House Historical Association ($25,000)
  • Little Lake Theatre Company ($25,000)

“The governor’s unconstitutional closure orders hit many of our local museums and historical societies especially hard over the past several months,” Bartolotta said. “It is encouraging that we are able to use a small part of our share of federal CARES funding to help these organizations recoup part of their losses and help them preserve our history and heritage.”

The funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Finance Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development.


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