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Project Stream

Photo: People's Emergency Center, 2016 Project Stream grantee.

Project Stream makes competitive grants up to $2,500 to individual artists, non-profit organizations and fiscally-sponsored organizations for innovative, community-based arts projects. Projects can include performances, exhibitions, readings or other arts projects in any genre, and must be open to the public. 

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance administers Project Stream in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties on behalf of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), as a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) program.

Eligibility and Guidelines


The 2018 Project Stream application is now available. 

To Apply:

1. Carefully review the 2018-19 Project Stream Guidelines
2. Visit the DCED Electronic Single Application (ESA) website at
3. Click "Register" to create a new account. All first time ESA users must register.  
4. Select "Begin a New Application"

  • Project Name: Name the application "2018-19 PPA Project Stream" 
  • Do you need help selecting your program? Select "YES"
  • Select "Create a New Application"

5. Select Program

  • Agencies: Select "PCA"
  • Click "SEARCH" at the bottom of the box
  • There will be a few results on the next page. Next to "Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream" click "Apply"

6. Begin your application
7. NEW THIS YEAR: You do not need to mail in any documents. All application materials are submitted online and signatures are completed electronically.

For technical support about the website or registration process, contact the DCED Customer Service Center: 1-800-379-7448 or


Interested in learning more about Project Stream and improving your grant writing skills? On May 30, the Cultural Alliance and Vision Driven Artists will present a free information session and grant writing workshop.

        Project Stream Information Session and Grant Writing Workshop
        Wednesday, May 30 | 2-4pm
        The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
        200 S Broad Street, Suite 700

        Can't attend in person? RSVP at the link above to receive a recording of the presentation.


For more information about applying to Project Stream contact Allie Vanyur at or 215-399-3524. Due to the large volume of calls during this time, please email Allie to more quickly receive answers to your questions or to schedule a phone conversation.


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

The Project Stream and Program Stream grants initiative is 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.