HARRISBURG (April 30, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded libraries that the 2018 Keystone Grants for Public Libraries program is now accepting applications.

The program awards matching grants to municipalities that sponsor the planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of state-aided public library facilities.

The maximum award for the grants, which are funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, is $750,000. There is no minimum amount that may be requested.

“Of all the services government provides, our public libraries are probably the most utilized,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “These grants can go a long way in helping ensure that our libraries continue to meet the growing needs of our communities in offering safe environments where all the knowledge is free for the borrowing.”

To be eligible, the sponsoring municipality and the board of the state-aided library must jointly submit an application developed cooperatively by both entities and signed by their governing bodies. Applicants must also show dollar-for-dollar matching funds on hand at the time of the application.

The deadline for applicants to be submitted (or postmarked) is June 15, 2018.

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries expects to notify applicants by early September whether they have been awarded a grant.

You can find the Application and related Keystone information by visiting the website of the State Library of Pennsylvania at www.statelibrary.pa.gov and clicking the For Libraries link, then Subsidies and Grants, then Keystone.

Keystone grant documents via the State Library website are available here: http://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/Libraries/Subsidies-and-Grants/Pages/Keystone-Recreation-Park-and-Conservation-Funds.aspx.

Please send any questions about the Keystone Grants for Public Libraries process to RA-Keystone@pa.gov or call Ed Lupico at 717-783-5747.




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