2018 is the 25th year of the Keystone Fund. Grants from the Keystone Fund are the only state funds designated toward planning, acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of libraries. The grants are made to municipalities and must be matched locally.
Last year, the PA Legislature threatened to pull money from various funds to cover revenue shortfalls in the budget. Thankfully, the Keystone Fund was not impacted this time. Library use of the Keystone Fund is less than 4% of the total fund, but as you know, it is an essential part of libraries being able to complete critical improvements – roof replacement, wheelchair lifts, elevators, and HVAC systems to name a few.
Please take a few minutes to look at the attached list of projects that have been funded with Keystone support over the last 25 years. If your library received support, we ask that you send a letter to your state senators and representatives to acknowledge the importance of Keystone Funds. Timing is important – with the primary elections happening May 15, the state budget under consideration - your letter can make a difference!
A new round of Keystone grant applications has just opened - http://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/Libraries/Subsidies-and-Grants/Pages/Keystone-Recreation-Park-and-Conservation-Funds.aspx. Let’s make sure our legislators know how much we need, value and utilize the Keystone Fund!
PS – If it’s not too much to ask, I’d appreciate being notified if you do send a letter or receiving a copy of the letter and any response you might receive from the legislators.
Christi Buker | Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association | 220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10 | Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717.766.7663 – office