Scarnati Announces $80,000 Grant for Clinton County Courthouse Preservation

(HARRISBURG) – Clinton County has been awarded a grant of $80,000 from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) to preserve the Clinton County Courthouse, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, who serves on the PHMC Board of Commissioners, explained that on June 6th the project was unanimously approved to receive one of the 2017-2018 Keystone Historic Preservation (KHP) Grants administered by the PHMC.

“Preserving historical buildings for future generations is a key component of helping to preserve Pennsylvania’s heritage,” Senator Scarnati said.  “I commend the Clinton County Commissioners for seeking out funding for this project. This was a very competitive grant process with 105 applications received, requesting a total of over $5,361,756.00 with only $1,275,000.00 available for grant making.”

The grant funding will be used to repair exterior damages to the masonry walls and windows, and restore the interior main entry, main stairs, upper hall and main courtroom. By protecting this vital asset, the County will be able to continue to share an important piece of local history and culture with future residents, businesses, and visitors.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have received a Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant,” stated Clinton County Commissioner Jeff Snyder, who is also the Chairman of the County’s Building and Grounds Committee. “Of the 105 applications that were submitted to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, only 28 received funding. It was a competitive application round, and we’re incredibly grateful that PHMC recognized the impact of our project. Restoring the Courthouse has been a big priority for us over the last several years, and through this grant we’ll be able to complete much needed renovations to the exterior, front entrance, and main courtroom.”

Scarnati explained that the KHP program is used to fund preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration activities of historic sites that are eligible for or listed in the National Register of Historic Places.   Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations or municipal governments who operate publicly accessible historic properties.  Eligible projects include the repair or replacement in-kind of historic building features that ensures a positive preservation outcome.  Funding may also be used toward improvements that meet ADA requirements and restoration of important landscape features. All applicants are required to provide a 50% cash match in order to show a commitment from the sponsoring organization.  

For more information regarding the KHP Grant Program, please visit: http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Construction-Projects.aspx.

 

CONTACT: Kate Flessner   kflessner@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084