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 wayfinding 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 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.

Each year, when the state’s budget is accepted in Harrisburg, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) takes a portion of its allotted monies and disperses them among the 12 Heritage Areas across Pennsylvania. These Heritage Areas, including EMHR, submit funding requests to DCNR based on past budget expenses. The EMHR is extremely appreciative of DCNR’s partnership and financial support.

Once the EMHR formulates its annual budget using the DCNR disbursement, it opens up a new grant round and begins soliciting for project applications. 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 its funding from DCNR to provide grant assistance to dozens of partner organizations and projects, the EMHR has brought well over $2 million worth of state funding into our four-county region since 1998 (And that doesn’t even account for all of the other monetary contributions and various grant funds EMHR has put back into the community).

After careful consideration, our Grant Review Committee has selected 12 projects that will receive monies from the EMHR’s 2019 Partnership Grants/Mini-Grants program! We received 15 applications requesting a total of over $68,000. While we would have loved to fund them all, there was only $54,000 available in this year’s grant program. We thank all those who applied and wish them luck with their projects in the future! This year’s recipients include:

Rail-Trail Council of NEPA, Inc. – “Endless Mountains Trail Improvements” $9,000
Keystone College – “Keystone College Trail Educational and Interpretive Sign Project” $4,250
The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust – “Historic Dennis Farm Signage Project” $5,570
Troy Historical Society – “History of Troy Mural” $3,700
Wyoming County Cultural Center – “Telling Wyoming County’s Story Mural Project” $6,500
Bradford County Regional Arts Council – “Young Explorers STEM Series” $1,000
Wyalusing Community Corporation – “Heritage Trail Signs” $1,500
P.P. Bliss Gospel Songwriter’s Museum – “Museum Curb Appeal Improvements” $1,250
Leroy Heritage Museum – “Victorian Hotel Interior Improvements” $10,000
Sayre Historical Society – “Old Electric Wiring Removal from Museum” $1,500
Sayre Historical Society – “Museum Attic Storage Space Expansion” $1,280
Bradford County Historical Society – “Universalist Church Building Improvements” $8,450

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


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

"The significance of the region lies not in a few individual landmarks of national merit, but in hundreds of local resources knit together into a single, richly textured regional blanket."