Partnership Grants

The EMHR’s Partnership Grants program, also known as mini-grants, have long provided financial support to our heritage partners across the four-county region.

Qualifying organizations apply each spring to fund projects related to historic preservation, outdoor recreation development, special purpose studies, interpretive and way finding signage, public engagement and educational programming, building rehabilitation projects, environmental conservation and more!

Grant applicants to the EMHR must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a municipality or municipal agency, or a public education institution within the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming. Grantees are also required to provide a full, 100-percent 50/50-match. In other words, if a grantee receives a $5,000 grant from the EMHR, it must provide a $5,000 match to complete its project.

Applicants can request mini-grants of up to a maximum of $10,000. The EMHR’s grant review committee then analyzes all of the submitted applications and proposed projects in order to decide how much money will be granted to the chosen recipients. Utilizing funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to provide this grant assistance to dozens of partner organizations and projects, the EMHR has brought well over $2.5 million worth of state funding into our four-county region since 1998.

Below is a video of our 2021 EMHR Grant Workshop that allowed regional businesses, organizations, municipalities and school districts to find out what type of funding is available to them!
We thank the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce for assisting us with the webinar recording and we’d also like to thank the DCNR, DCED, PHMC, PA Council on the Arts, Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, and the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission for participating in the workshop. EMHR’s Partnership/Mini-Grants Program presentation begins at 1:41:15 in the video below.

After careful consideration, our grant review committee selected 12 projects for funding in the EMHR’s 2021 Partnership Grants/Mini-Grants program! We received 23 applications requesting nearly $150,000. With only $65,000 available in this year’s grant program, it was a highly competitive process with tough decisions to make for the committee. We thank all those who applied and wish them luck with their projects in the future! This year’s recipients include:

NEPA Rail-Trail Council – $9,500 – Rehabilitation of a two-mile section of the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail from Union Dale to Herrick Center to increase safety and create a more stable trail surface.

Clifford Township – $4,480 – Continue the development of its community park by purchasing two new picnic tables (one ADA compliant) for its recently extended hiking/cycling trails, the planting of six weeping willow trees along Tunkhannock Creek’s East Branch through the park as a riparian buffer, and the establishment of a soccer field at the park in partnership with the Mountain View Soccer Association.

Clifford Township Historical Society – $8,500 – Build the exterior structure and interior lath of a 15-foot-by-40-foot glacier for its history-based Children’s Garden. Children will be able to explore the interior of the glacier through cave-like pathways.

Troy Lions Club Foundation – $3,880 – Remove broken lights and half trees (cut to stumps by the local electric company) along a walking path connecting the town of Troy to Alparon Park and replace the lights with vintage style lantern poles. This path has allowed safe passage for pedestrians to walk to the park to attend the Troy fair, football games, the swimming pool, tennis courts and skate park since the 1970s.

Sayre Borough – $7,000 – Utilize the levee system on the Borough’s eastside to extend the Diahoga Trail (pedestrian and bike trail) by 3,500 linear feet along the Susquehanna River and complete the connection of Sayre Borough and Athens Borough. Both communities are designated by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership as “River Towns”.

Oakland Borough – $5,340 – Create a scenic overlook on a currently vacant parcel that is owned by the Borough of Oakland next to the municipal building. Viewable from the overlook would be the historic Starucca House, the railroad line, the Susquehanna River and Ira Reynolds Park.

Wyalusing Valley Museum – $5,000 – Add a gutter system and proper drainage to the historic 150-year-old Lodge Hall Annex, which currently serves as the Museum’s temporary exhibit area while its Main Street building is also renovated. The funding would also cover a portion of painting the original wood siding on three exterior walls. Upon completion, the Lodge Hall will serve as a research center and space for the museum’s community programming.

Leroy Heritage Museum – $8,250 – Paint the exterior of the historic 1896 hotel building that is being finished for use as a larger facility for the Heritage Museum.

Riverside Cemetery Association – $5,000 – Produce and install signage for a Veterans Walkway on the 5.5-acre historic cemetery property. Founded in 1800, this is the oldest publicly accessible cemetery in Bradford County with over 160 veterans interred there, dating from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. The special signage will identify 25 veterans and will be able to be located via a GPS mapping application designed by the County Planning Office.

Valley in Motion – $5,000 – Create an 1,800-square foot Forest City Trail Town Mural that will be visible to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers along the community’s main street. The mural will have a bicycle and trail theme.

Bradford County Regional Arts – $1,250 – Organize and host “The Young Explorers” program, which offers children ages 3-6 discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor exploration. Each individual series consists of six programs/kits covering themes like weather, season, animals, food, environmental landscape, plants, trees and environmental stewardship.

Wyoming County Cultural Center – $1,440 – Review, revise and reprint 10,000 copies of the Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour brochure that was created in 2016. The tour features 40 historic structures including homes, businesses and churches throughout Tunkhannock’s downtown area. Due to the popularity of the tour, copies of the brochure are getting low.

Here are just some of our past grant recipients and projects from around the region:

BRADFORD COUNTY

– Bradford County Museum – Facility enhancements to the Bradford County Museum which is located within the historic 1873 building that was once the Bradford County Jail.

– Home Textile Tool Museum Grange Building – Roof and foundation repairs were be made to the barn to optimize space for exhibits and workshops and to construct a 20’x28′ addition for visible storage of its growing collection of local and regional spinning wheels and looms.

– Sayre Historical Society Museum – The final phase of the historic preservation and restoration of the Sayre Historical Society Museum that is housed in the 1881 former Lehigh Valley Railroad Passenger Station. The renovation included improvements to the north stairwell and one of the storage rooms. The EMHR has also provided funding to increase storage for exhibit items and to install electric/lighting for the historic caboose outside the historical society.

– Keystone Theatre Roof Gutter System Repairs – The theatre, which was 132-years-old at the time, used EMHR funding and other grant funds to address issues with its dilapidating roof, including a rotting cornice and gutters that created the formation of ice along the wall and handicapped entrance nearest Washington Street in the winter. This issue created a safety hazard for those using the sidewalks and side entrance of the theater.

– Manley Bohlayer Farmhouse – Project to implement recommendations of a historic structures review to complete exterior repainting of the historic c. 1870 house and barn serving as key anchor resources for a major heritage site hosting large heritage festivals.

 P.P. Bliss Gospel Songwriter’s Museum – With the help of a structural engineer and local contractors, many structural and aesthetic improvements were made to the building in Rome, including a new deck on the handicap ramp, replaced rear siding, a new support system and flooring for the side porch, and new paint on both porches.

– Leroy Heritage Museum – Provided funding to make exterior and interior improvements to a 1896 Victorian Hotel’s along Route 414 in Leroy Township, so that it could be restored and utilized as a larger regional museum for Bradford County’s southwestern municipalities.

French Azilum Historic Site – Improving the historic site’s boat launch to create greater access to the Susquehanna River for paddlers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

SULLIVAN COUNTY

– Eagles Mere Museum – This project brought hands-on technology into the museum and to help bridge the educational learning styles to visitors of all ages as well as those with special needs. The Eagles Mere Museum used EMHR grant monies to purchase several tablets to be used at different displays throughout the museum.

– The Ghost Town of Ricketts – With lumber mill operations shutting down 100 years ago, a partnership developed signage, brochures and interpretive walks to educate and celebrate the once-vibrant lumber town in our wilderness. A partnership between Bill Williams of the State Game Commission, F. Charles Petrillo, historian/researcher, Melanie Norton of the Sullivan County Historical Society, Diane Turrell of DDH Design, and Phil Swank of the EMHR worked over several months to create attractive and informative signage and brochures depicting the rich history of this treasured place.

– Sullivan County Historical Society – Several interpretive signs were erected in municipalities like Forksville and Ricketts to help visitors learn the history of the subject area. The signs will include reproduced photos of the circa for the area history.

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY

– Clifford Township Historical Society Museum – Complete facility enhancements and interpretive display and exhibit areas to advance the visitor areas created by the historical society under a long term lease with the local government inside the township building.

Brooklyn Historical Society – Add interpretive signage and a scenic overlook along Zick Hill Road for the “Martins Creek Viaduct (Kingsley Bridge) Scenic Overlook Project”.

– The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust – A special purpose study for a comprehensive historical narrative of the 1793 African-American settlement, as well as tasks supporting a cultural landscape assessment, conceptual site plan and a framework for interpretive and educational programs. The EMHR also partially funded the development and installation of 10 educational wayfinding signs that would allow visitors to partake in a self-guided tour of the property, highlighting important sites like the Prince Perkins Archeological Site and the Perkins-Dennis Cemetery. The EMHR also funded the restoration and preservation of the Prince Perkins Homestead and Archaeological Site.

– Clifford Children’s Garden – An implementation project to allow the Clifford Township Historical Society to purchase a six-foot-high wire fence around the entire Children’s Garden, construct a children’s barn, house, outhouse, long house and a teepee for a Native American Village.

 Clifford Sport’s Complex – Trail site furnishings will be purchased to improve existing paths within the complex.  Benches, tables, recyclable containers, waste baskets, lights, bike racks, and more were provided for personal comfort, safety and to promote Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

– Starrucca Viaduct – An implementation project to allow the Rail Trail Council of NEPA to research historical information related to the Starrucca Viaduct, locate pictures, write a narrative and produce a 36″ x 48″ digitally imaged fiberglass embedded wayside exhibit.

– Yarn’s Cider Mill – Funding was granted to finish the interior of the museum’s portion of mill-framing and picture enlargement. Exterior improvements included drainage ditches, final grading and seeding of cider mill area, relaying a 150-year-old field stone wall that held the water wheel, adding sitting walls of field stone, picnic benches, signage and a walking trail at the sites.

– Rail-Trail Council of NEPA, Inc. – Repairs and drainage improvements to various trails, such as the the 10-mile Endless Mountains Trail in Montrose, as well as wayfinding/interpretive signage for the D&H (Delaware & Lehigh) Rail Trail that begins in Union Dale.

Lanesboro & Susquehanna Depot – Performed a special-purpose study to connect the D&H Rail Trail to the borough of Susquehanna and its newly Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park.

WYOMING COUNTY

– The Wyoming County Cultural Center/Dietrich Theater – Replaced the neon lighting and its wiring surrounding the Dietrich Theater Marquee and replaced it with red LED lighting, power supplies and wiring. The LED lighting is ideal for operating in extreme temperatures, is energy efficient, ecologically friendly and durable. Provided funding for all three phases of the “Wyoming County history murals” project on the Dietrich Theater exterior.

– The Howland Preserve – Renovation of a farmhouse at the Howland Preserve which was constructed in the early seventeenth century and is a historic icon on the Vosburg Neck. Renovations to the farmhouse will make it livable year-round and available for community meetings and educational programming.

– Laceyville’s Oldest House Renovations – The Oldest House Committee used the recommendations from a feasibility study done in a previous grant round to complete the structural rehabilitation of Laceyville’s Oldest House. The side wall, facing Route 6, was restructured so that the building could remain a safe place for community events.

– “Explore Wyoming County’s Trails & Parks” – The Wyoming County Cultural Center, Inc. proposed a parks and trails project/brochure that would allow participants to explore the beautiful parks and trails of the county through a series of scheduled hikes/explorations with trail/park expert guides.

– Nicholson Heritage Association Signage – A historic DL&W Railroad Station interpretive sign was installed at the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct which will attract tourists to the rehabilitated 1849 station. The sign includes history of the DW&L Station as well as information about the viaduct and the surrounding area.

– Keystone College – The development and installation of various interpretive/educational and wayfinding signs placed along the trails at Keystone’s campus, particularly the Trolley Trail that has converted the old Northern Electric Trolley line into a pedestrian and cyclist pathway.

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