Grants and Funding

Elk County Community Historical SocietyThank you for visiting the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's grants website. The Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Listed below are descriptions and links to the various sections of the PHMC website. Contact information for the various grants program staff is located on the Directory. Please contact a grants staff member if you cannot find information on the website.

Cultural and Historical Support Program - Application Deadline December 12, 2014

The PHMC is pleased to announce that this year it will be awarding just under $2 million in grants to qualified museums and official county historical societies under the Cultural and Historic Support program. This is a one-year, interim grant program using funds placed in PHMC's operating budget by the state legislature and restricted for this purpose only. Working in concert with legislative leadership to determine the best way to distribute these limited funds, applicants must meet organizational eligibility requirements and awards are based on a calculation that uses the operating budget from the most recently completed fiscal year.

For more information, please refer to the Cultural and Historical Support page or contact Scott Doyle at (717) 783-6012 or

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery for Historic Properties Grant Program

On behalf of the National Park Service, funding is available to individuals and nonprofit organizations for the rehabilitation of historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Historic properties are defined as those either listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Only documentable hurricane-related damage is eligible for grant assistance, and funds may not be used to address damage or deterioration that existed prior to the storm. Project related expenses are reimbursable; the PHMC can only reimburse owners for those repair expenses that were not covered by the owner’s property or flood insurance. Owners may apply for any difference between the actual cost of the completed work and the insurance settlement.

For more information including detailed program requirements, please visit the Hurricane Sandy Grants for Owners of Historic Properties page or contact Jeremy Young at (717) 787-0771 or

Keystone Historic Preservation Program - Application Deadline March 2, 2015

The enacted Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Budget maintained the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund that provides funding for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program. The Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program provides funding support for projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources. The maximum grant award from PHMC to an organization is $25,000 for project-focused activities and $50,000 for construction projects. Grants require a 50/50 CASH match.  The application submission deadline is March 2, 2015For program information, please contact Karen Arnold, program manager at (717) 783-9927 or or review the Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grants or the Keystone Historic Preservation Project Grants page.

Certified Local Government Grant Program

Application Deadline: January 16, 2015. Please submit all application materials to by 5:00 pm.

Funding under this program is limited to federally designated Certified Local Governments. There is only one type of grant.

  • Competitive
  • Matching 50/50
  • Maximum Award $18,000. The Review Committee may, at its discretion, approve an award greater than $18,000.
  • Grants are available to support projects in the following categories:

    • Shared Services/Curcuit Rider
    • Planning
    • Design Guidelines or Design Assistance
    • National Register Nominations/Multiple Property Documentation 
    • Revitalization/Reuse Studies
    • Cultural Resource Survey
    • Public Education
    • Training
    • Program Administration 

Certified Local Government Coordinator
Andrea MacDonald
(717) 787-4215

Certified Local Government Grant Manager
Rhonda Johnson
(717) 783-2838

Application Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015

Application Submission Deadlines

Application Submission Deadlines are available by clicking on the link on left navigation bar. A timeline is provided under each Application Submission Deadline with information regarding review and notification of award, as well as project start and end dates.

eGrant Information

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission requires all applicants to use the electronic grant application process . Visit this site to view the advantages of using eGrant, to pre-register and to file your grant application with the Commission.

Grants Forms

The following forms are for reference only (with the exception of the Historical Marker nomination and Certified Local Government Grant Application). Otherwise, please use the eGrant system to submit grant applications. 

  Name Description
MS Word Documents CLG Grant Application FY 2015 CLG Grant Application
PDF Documents CLG Grant Guidelines and Instructions FY 2015 CLG Grant Guidelines and Instructions
Web Pages eGRANT Link to online eGRANT system
PDF Documents HP_evaluation_criteria.pdf HP_evaluation_criteria
PDF Documents KHP_Construction Application.2014.pdf Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grants
PDF Documents KHP_Project Application.2014.pdf Keystone Historic Preservation Project Grants
PDF Documents MarkerNominationFormPDF.pdf Marker Nomination Form Word
MS Word Documents MarkerNominationFormWord.doc PENNSYLVANIA