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Wolf Administration: $20 million in relief funding awarded to Pennsylvania museums and cultural organizations

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of $20 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local organizations slated to receive funding include: the James A. Michener Art Museum, $101,431; Bucks County Children’s Museum, $25,000; Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, $57,824; Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, $34,977; Pearl S. Buck International, $25,000; New Hope Historical Society, $25,000; Bristol Riverside Theatre, $93,342; Moravian Historical Society, $25,000; Mercer County Historical Society, $25,000; Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, $42,300; and Act II Playhouse, $25,000.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved 164 projects in 36 counties. The program will administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
Under the program, funds may be used to offset lost revenue for eligible cultural organizations and museums that were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. Funds cannot be used to offset revenue, which has already been offset from other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state, and local government sources.
Eligible cultural organizations or museums included children’s museums, general museums with at least two equally significant disciplines, history museums or historical sites, military or maritime museums, natural history museums, accredited zoos, planetariums, science and technology centers, orchestras, art museums, and performing arts organizations.
More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website.