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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, roof or window replacement, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.

Keystone grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar.  Matching funds may include cash, other state funds, and federal funds. See program regulations for further details.

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

To apply, a sponsoring municipality must submit an application developed cooperatively with the board of the state-aided library. 

Title 22 Chapter 142.2 requires the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to prepare a long-range plan containing strategies to guide the allocation of Keystone program grant funds to eligible public library facilities. The Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities Long-Range Plan (PDF) was prepared in 2022 to meet this requirement. The Plan incorporates the results of a statewide facility Needs Assessment as well as analysis of other data relevant to administration of the Keystone program.

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

Getting Ready to Apply for a Keystone Grant

If you intend to apply for a Keystone grant in the upcoming grant round, your first step will be to visit the Get Ready to Apply page and obtain an Administrative Unit Number (AUN) for the municipality submitting the application, following the instructions on the Register My Organization page. These pages include other required and optional steps which will later be necessary to complete and submit an application. Each step may be completed with no commitment to submitting a Keystone application if your plans change.

2023 Keystone Grant Cycle Application

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries expects to open a Keystone application round on July 18, 2022.

IMPORTANT: To access the application, it is necessary for the municipality submitting the application to first obtain an Auxiliary Unit Number (AUN) from the PA Department of Education as described on the Get Ready to Apply page.

After the municipality has obtained an AUN, please complete and submit this eGrants Request Form to initiate access to the application.
After submitting the request form, the municipal contact will be notified via email with instructions on accessing the Keystone application on eGrants. The municipal contact will serve as account administrator and will be able to grant other people access to work on the application.

Accessing the application is non-binding. There is no obligation to submit the application, and you may change the estimated grant amount provided in the request form to match your application contents.

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