McClinton: $1.25 million grant awarded to the Free Library of Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced a $1.25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

McClinton said the library system will use the funding for its 21st Century Libraries Initiative, the plan to renovate and modernize the network of neighborhood libraries located throughout Philadelphia. Under the project, three buildings, including the Paschalville Library in southwest Philadelphia, will receive interior renovation, exterior repairs, technology upgrades, new furniture, fixtures and equipment and mechanical upgrades.   

“Libraries are a crucial part of our neighborhoods. They provide a variety of resources and opportunities for people of all ages,” McClinton said. “This grant will help the 21st Century Libraries Initiative continue its great work in ensuring our libraries have the up-to-date technology and tools to meet the needs of their communities.”

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.