Wheatley announces grants to support Pittsburgh museums impacted by effects of pandemic

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 –The Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh are among 155 museums and historical centers statewide to receive grants designed to support them during the current pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced.

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said each museum has received a $40,000 grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program.

“Our museums and historical centers have certainly felt significant financial impacts during this pandemic, and my hope is that these grants will help them continue their efforts to educate and enlighten visitors,” said Wheatley. “These funds will provide much-needed support to keep their doors open and continue to provide opportunities to share our region’s rich history and culture.”

Wheatley emphasized the goal of the program is to strengthen the commonwealth’s museum community by supporting the operations of eligible museums and county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person (or approved equivalent).

More information can be found here.