Grants

In just its first few years, the EBT Foundation has been honored to receive a variety of public and private grants that quickly made tremendous progress possible.

Federal Grants

Archives National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant

$10,000

Funding Opportunities:

The East Broad Top Railroad Archives and Special Collections

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American Rescue Plan Act 2022 Grant (ARAP)

$500,000

Funding Opportunities:

Locomotive Restoration and Marketing

State Grants

Private donors led the initial effort to acquire the railroad from its longtime owners, the Kovalchick Family, but the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania soon took up the challenge. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission provided a matching grant to begin work on a fire-suppression system, and the Office of the Budget has awarded Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds that, once matched, will pay for beginning to reopen parts of the railroad out of service since 1956. The Department of Community and Economic Development has offered Marketing for Tourism grants that also have helped overhaul steam locomotives.

PA Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program 2020 Grant (RACP)

$1.4 Million

Funding Opportunities:

East Broad Top Railroad Phase I Development

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PA Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program 2021 Grant (RACP)

$1.1 Million

Funding Opportunities:

East Broad Top Railroad Restoration Milepost 6.5 to Milepost 19.5

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PA Department of Community & Economic Development 2021

$900,000

Marketing to Attract Tourism

Funding Opportunities:

Marketing and Locomotive Restoration

PA Department of Community & Economic Development 2022

$630,000

Marketing to Attract Tourism

Funding Opportunities:

Marketing and Locomotive Restoration

Keystone Historic Preservation Grant 2021

$100,000

Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission

Funding Opportunities:

Machine Shop and Roundhouse Fire Suppression Installation

Private Grants and Funding

Thank you to private donors who have helped launch the archives program, while others have contributed equipment — machine tools, a bucket truck, map drawers, and even a vintage standard-gauge boxcar.

Critical to the foundation’s preservation efforts has been the continuing support of members of the all-volunteer Friends of the East Broad Top, which began working on EBT buildings in Rockhill Furnace in 2002 and has been invaluable since. Friends volunteers have stabilized or helped stabilize multiple key buildings, in addition to rebuilding several freight cars and a caboose. In addition, the Friends have proven to be fundraising champions, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars for various EBT preservation projects.

John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust 2022

$15,000

Funding Opportunities:

Gas Electric M-1 traction motor and truck work.

Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad 2022

$81,500

Funding Opportunities:

Archives, Track Work, and the Coal Tipple, 

National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) Heritage Grant 2022

$4,990

Funding Opportunities:

East Broad Top Railroad Archives and Special Collections

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Allegheny Foundation 2021

$100,000

Funding Opportunities:

Colgate Grove Track and Site Rehabilitation

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John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust 2021

$15,000

Funding Opportunities:

Gas Electric M-1 Roof replacement and painting

Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad 2021

$120,000

Funding Opportunities:

Carpenter Shop and Storehouse Structural Stabilization and Restoration