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Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

Grants for Public Library Facilities

The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund was established by an act of the General Assembly in 1993. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development, administers the public library portion of this program which is funded from a portion of realty transfer taxes.

Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs to plan, acquire, construct, or rehabilitate public library facilities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.

Keystone grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar.  Matching funds may include cash and in-kind contributions, federal funds, and other state funds.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.  PDE Uses grant award criteria (e.g. need, funding priorities, etc.) to evaluate and score applications.

To apply, a sponsoring municipality and the board of the state-aided library must submit an application jointly that is developed cooperatively and signed by both governing bodies. 

For inquiries regarding the Keystone grant program, contact Ed Lupico, Keystone Grants Administrator, 717-783-5747 or

2020 Keystone Grant Cycle

The 2020 Keystone grant cycle opened on January 3, 2020. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2020.  Awards are expected to be made in early fall of 2020, with projects completed between October 2020 and March 2022.

2019 Keystone Grant Cycle

The 2019 Keystone grant cycle is now closed.

Grants were awarded in late 2019 and will be completed in 2021.

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