Pella Historical Society and Museums has been awarded a $45,000 Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
The award will be paid out at $15,000 a year for the next three years, and Pella Historical was one of 40 organizations in Iowa to receive the grant. Pella Historical Executive Director Valerie Van Kooten tells KNIA/KRLS News the funds will provide much needed room for their operating expenses.
“Anyone in the granting world knows that operating grants are extremely rare,”
says PHSM Executive Director Valerie Van Kooten. “We may use this grant for everyday
expenses, payroll, maintenance…whatever we need. We are extremely grateful for the
state’s investment in PHSM.”
The grants were awarded to organizations considered “anchor organizations,” influencing economic development in their part of the state.