Grant News: Recent funds made available to Moravian College

The project: Restoration of the Frank E. & Seba B. Payne Gallery
The grants: $147,000 from the National Parks Service, secured by U.S. Senators Arlen Spector and Bob Casey; $200,000 secured by Moravian College from a private foundation through a competitive grants process. College operating funds will also contribute to this project.

Moravian's Payne Gallery has been through its fair share of changes: built in 1890, the space was originally a gymnasium for the women of the Moravian Seminary. After a period of disuse,  the building was converted into classrooms and studio space for the Art Department in 1963. The space was fully renovated into an exhibition gallery in 1982, and upgraded in 2001 to Smithsonian exhibition standards. Now this jewel of historic Bethlehem will shine even brighter, with exterior improvements ranging from brick pointing, full restoration of all windows and wood features, and installation of weather-tight doors. Inside, the gallery will benefit from the installation of a full-time humidification system and a ceiling-mounted hot air duct system, as well as a refurbished ceiling and interior paint and flooring work. All of the work will be done under the guidance of the State Bureau for Historic Preservation; the work is scheduled for completion in 2009.

The project: Improvements to Main Hall
The grant:  $500,000 secured from a private foundation; additional funding is required to complete the project.

Scheduled to begin in 2008, improvements to this historic building will transform the stately dorm into a contermporary residence hall. Built in 1854 and one of the first Bethlehem buildings to be lighted by gas, Main Hall was last renovated in 1959. Upgrades will range from interior and exterior repainting to new flooring, furniture and lighting. Restoration of the windows, doors and rear porch will help maintain the structure's historic character, while a new air conditioning system and an improved fire safety system ready it for the next generation of Moravian students.

The project: Enhanced sciences teaching and research
The grant: Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education (FIPSE), $85,480 in federal funding secured by senators Specter and Casey.

One of Moravian College's strategic initiatives is to strengthen and enhance teaching and research in the sciences; this grant provides funds to do so. It will be used to finance equipment, technology and curriculum development at Moravian, expanding and improving the study of the natural sciences in the context of a liberal arts education. Currently, Moravian College has a record number of students participating in undergraduate research in the sciences. Announcing approval for these and other projects in our area, Senator Specter stated, "I am pleased my colleagues have approved this important funding for the Lehigh Valley… these projects are vital to ensuring quality health care and education for the area's residents."

For more information, contact Sue Schamberger, director of foundation relations.