Ciresi announces $10K in relief grants for local cultural organizations

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, announced emergency relief grants to a pair of local nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pottstown Regional Public Library and The Speaker’s House in Trappe were awarded $6,000 and $4,000, respectively, as part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council program to help sustain the state’s cultural infrastructure.

“In the midst of our worldwide pandemic, I’m grateful there are institutions like the PHC making sure our cultural organizations remain able to serve our communities,” Ciresi said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of these organizations to close their doors, which has cost them crucial funding. Funding like this goes a long way to helping preserve the wonderful educational and cultural opportunities they provide as we cautiously and carefully continue to reopen our state and country.”

The PHC announced $780,500 in funding to 140 nonprofits across the state. The recipients include museums, historical societies, libraries and other vital cultural institutions, all carefully selected with emphasis on equity and geographic diversity, the PHC said.

The PHC CARES program, which will help organizations continue to serve communities by retaining staff, shifting to online formats and making resources available to those who depend on them for education, is funded by the federal CARES Act.

More information about this grant program is available by contacting Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265.