Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation 2014 Awards | Compendium

Thirty-five projects totaling $6,664,072 were recently awarded Keystone grants. See the list of awarded projects below.

The competitive grant is used to award matching construction and facilities grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries.  A dollar-for-dollar match is required for grant funds received. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.

The 2014 grant competition was for a maximum grant award of $500,000 with no minimum.  Forty grant applications were received requesting $7,376,847.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, administers the public library portion of this program through a competitive grant process.  During the review process the applications were evaluated according to established priorities, to include; economically distressed communities, ADA compliance projects, energy efficiency, building additions and new construction, libraries that have not had previous Keystone Grants, and equitable geographic distribution.


Municipality                             Library                      Amount                 Project

Borough of
Greenville Area Public
Library Association
$500,000.00 ADA upgrades to bathrooms;
elevator; ramp; lighting
Warren County Warren Library Association $94,166.00 Re-roof entire facility; also
replace A/C unit
City of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia $500,000.00 ADA compliant expansion and
Ridley Township Ridley Township Public Library $500,000.00 Construct new building
Lower Saucon
Hellertown Area Library $117,000.00 Renovate existing space; create
new space; upgrade lighting;
ADA doors
Borough of
West Chester
West Chester Public Library $8,000.00 Outdoor ADA chairlift
Memorial Library of
Radnor Township
$500,000.00 Replace HVAC system; upgrade
4 bathrooms to ADA compliance;
add family bathroom; install elevator
Bethlehem Bethlehem Area Public Library $500,000.00 Develop second floor area for
children’s area
Township of
Lower Merion
Lower Merion Library System $500,000.00 ADA/elevator, restroom,
ADA parking, new walkway,
YA area
City of Farrell Stey-Nevant Library $27,656.00 Renovate ceiling; upgrade lights;
entrance door.
City of
Carnegie Library of
$500,000.00 Interior/exterior renovation;
ADA compliance plus elevator
Township of
Warminster Twp Free Library $77,500.00 Replace roof; replace ceiling tiles.
City of DuBois DuBois Public Library $125,000.00 ADA upgrades to doors and
bathroom. Install an elevator.
Folcroft Borough Folcroft Public Library $25,000.00 Lighting improvement
message sign
Lackawanna County
Library System
$95,935.00 Replace HVAC. Replace roof
City of Sharon Community Library of
the Shenango Valley
$53,150.00 Renovate and ADA upgrades to
bathrooms; automate front door
for ADA accessibility
Dillsburg Dillsburg Area Public Library $500,000.00 Property acquisition for
new library site
City of
Osterhout Free Library $104,240.00 Upgrade HVAC system
Borough of
Monaca Public Library $150,000.00 Renovate new space to include
bathrooms; electrical; ADA ;
New Hope
Free Library of
New Hope & Solebury
$72,185.00 Upgrade HVAC; upgrade electrical
system; install new lighting;
repair windows
Borough of
Pottstown Regional
Public Library
$300,000.00 ADA access. Refurbish library for
safety, energy
City of Latrobe Adams Memorial Library $37,350.00 Replace roof
Lower Moreland
Huntingdon Valley Library $33,900.00 Replace HVAC system
City of Aliquippa BF Jones Memorial Library $100,000.00 Replace roof; repair windows;
perform masonry repairs
County of Bucks Bucks County Free Library $430,324.00 Replace tile; electrical wiring;
lighting; upgrade restrooms;
new carpet; doors
Winfield Township South Butler
Community Library
$35,643.00 Replace roof
Adams Township Mars Area Public Library $9,100.00 Hire consultant for strategic
Carnegie Borough Andrew Carnegie Free
Library/Music Hall
$180,401.00 Replace lighting; repair wall;
install fire safety system
Township of
Elkins Park Free Library $40,000.00 Upgrade 2 restrooms to ADA
status; add 1 family restroom
Township of
Rachel Kohl
Community Library
$68,342.00 Replace roof; thermostat upgrades;
carpet; window replacement;
security locks.
Borough of
New Brighton
New Brighton Public Library $160,000.00 Three-wall building extension to
add 2,000sq ft; add ADA restrooms.
Borough of
Zelienople Area Public Library $18,430.00 Upgrade to energy efficient lighting
Borough of
Norwood Public Library $26,100.00 Replace roof; replace interior
ceiling; replace lighting; replace
carpet; install inside security
Union County Herr Memorial Library $250,000.00 Install elevator; renovate space
Lebanon City Lebanon Community Library $24,650.00 Exterior building repair
TOTAL $6,664,072.00