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Entry to Program Stream

(formerly Project Stream)

Photo: Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, 2018 PPA grantee.


May 2021 Update from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA):

Due to fiscal impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCA made the difficult decision to place Project Stream on hold, as of June 2020. In the ensuing months, Council and PCA staff reviewed all PCA offerings to ensure alignment with the Council's strategic goal to strengthen communities through the arts, and to provide meaningful investments that support the creative sector and align it for a pivotal role in the recovery of communities across the commonwealth.

In line with this, the PCA is pleased to provide an update regarding the resumption of grants available to organizations that conduct ongoing arts programming for their communities, but do not receive support through Program Stream or Arts Organizations & Arts Programs (AOAP).

Entry to Program Stream is a new funding opportunity that aims to provide valuable access to funding for small arts organizations and programs across the commonwealth. Guidelines will be available in the fall of 2021. The application deadline will be February 15, 2022.

About Entry to Program Stream:

Entry to Program Stream will offer a new pathway for small organizations (annual revenue less than $200,000) with consistent arts programming to receive ongoing, unrestricted funds. Funding will be provided as general operating support, which helps organizations strengthen their core capacity, engage in critical planning activities, and pay expenses related to staffing, business functions, and programming.

Nonprofit and fiscally-sponsored organizations that conduct ongoing arts programming or services and previously applied to PPA Project Stream are eligible. Applicants cannot also be applicants or grantees in AOAP, Program Stream, or Entry Track.

How Entry to Program Stream Will Work:

Entry to Program Stream will be available annually, statewide, and administered regionally by PPA Partners. The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the PPA partner for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Eligible organizations will apply to Entry to Program Stream each year with the aim of eventually qualifying for Program Stream, which provides ongoing support at a higher average grant amount. Organizations may qualify for Program Stream after consistently receiving funds through Entry to Program Stream, receiving good panel assessments, and fulfilling grant award requirements. The timeline for Entry to Program Stream is aligned with the Program Stream application deadline and grant cycle.

If you have questions about Entry to Program Stream or the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts re-granting program, contact Allie Vanyur at


Past Project Stream Grantees:

Click here to view the 2019-2020 Project Stream Grantees.
Click here to view the 2018-2019 Project Stream Grantees.
Click here to view the 2017-2018 Project Stream Grantees.
Click here to view the 2016-2017 Project Stream Grantees.

The Entry to Program Stream and Program Stream grants initiatives are made possible through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. They are funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and administered locally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.