LANSDALE, Pa. - Lansdale Borough has submitted an application to the Pennsylvania Governor's Budget Office to protect a $3.8 million placeholder for grant funding for 311 Arts, according to parks and recreation director Carl Saldutti.

Saldutti said former Borough Manager Lee Mangan had submitted a grant request to the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for 311 W. Main St. in the amount of $3.8 million.

Once the grant gets to Harrisburg, officials in the office sort through the requests, Saldutti said, and select applications worthy of going on a funding list.

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"Not being funded," Saldutti said, "but going on a list for future consideration for funding. We have been on the list for a number of years. In February, the borough submitted an application protecting that $3.8 million."

Saldutti said the application was a way of expressing interest in the $3.8 million earmark, showing the state that there is activity at the former Masonic Temple at 311 W. Main St., also known as 311 Arts, and updating the state with the status of the project.

The RACP grant can be used for "acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects," according to its website.

"We want to protect our interest," Saldutti said.

He said the money requires a match from Lansdale Borough of $2 million.

"That $2 million of match money can come from other sources, like grants, contributions, or capital campaigns," he said. "The money will go some place, so the borough protected its interest in that."