Burns: Grants available for agriculture, historic preservation

Funding available to promote Pa. hemp products and specialty crops

HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is announcing several available grant programs to promote Pennsylvania’s hemp products, support the specialty crop industry, and preserve historical landmarks.

“One of my goals as your state representative is to make you aware of the grants being offered by the state. As a result, I’ve secured more than $200 million in grant money for our district since taking office,” Burns said. “Applying for these grants will give our local organizations great opportunities to show just how important our district is to the success of Pennsylvania.”

Staff members in Burns’ office are standing by to help any person or organization apply for these opportunities.

Grant programs available with approaching deadlines include:

  • Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program -- For nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations for projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. The deadline is March 5.

  • Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program -- For state and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. This is for projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. The deadline is March 5.

  • PHMC Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant Program -- For local governments, historic preservation organizations, historical societies, conservancies, colleges and universities, religious institutions, museums, and other historical organizations. This program includes preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration of historic properties. The deadline is March 1.

For more information on these and other available grant opportunities, please visit Burns’ website: https://www.pahouse.com/Burns/News/?id=118254 or call one of his offices. Burns regularly posts these grant opportunities to his webpage. They may be found there under his “Help and Services” menu.