Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Grants are dependent on the annual allocation of funds in the state budget. For the most up-to-date information about Commonwealth-sponsored grant funding, guidelines and deadlines, please click here.
The Louis J. Appell, Jr., Preservation Fund for Central Pennsylvania is a specially endowed grant fund available for non-profit organizations and municipalities in 21 counties of central Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York. Most grants awards range between $1,000-$2,000.
Grants are made for planning and education efforts, but may not be used for building or other construction activities, historic resource surveys to create inventories or to list resources in the National Register, academic research, or acquisition of real property. Follow this link for more information.
Henry A. Jordan, M.D. Preservation Excellence Fund
The National Trust's Henry A. Jordan, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund provides funding to deserving organizations demonstrating commitment to the protection of natural and cultural resources in the Mid-Atlantic region. The endowed fund supports innovative projects and programs in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Individual awards typically range from $1,000 to $2,000.
The fund awards programs and activities that: facilitate positive dialogues between the diverse interests of historic preservation, land conservation, business development, transportation, and government in a search for common ground in protecting the environment; stimulate the development of local and state policies that protect the cultural landscape and its resources; heighten public awareness of an involvement of issues relating to the livability and sustainability of communities; and encourage innovative partnerships and approaches to open space conservation and historic preservation. Please contact the Southern Field Office for additional information.
Preservation Fund of Pennsylvania
Since its creation in 1982, the Preservation Fund of Pennsylvania has been used to acquire and resell threatened historic properties to buyers who are willing to restore and maintain them, and to make low interest loans directly to organizations and government agencies for the restoration or rehabilitation of specific historic properties.
Acquisition funding is available as part loan and part grant; funding for other uses is available as a loan.
The money that is repaid to this revolving fund is then recycled into other properties. By continually revolving the same money, Preservation Pennsylvania stimulates private investment for projects that are revitalizing Pennsylvania communities and spurring other economic development efforts.
Because of the revolving fund nature of the program, there are times when funding is limited or not available. Please check with Preservation Pennsylvania staff about the availability of funds before applying.
You may download an application form directly from this web page or contact our offices at:
257 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17107
Phone: (717) 234-2310
Fax: (717) 234-2522