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Grantmaking

Arts & Culture has the power to elevate lives, strengthen our communities and fuel our creative economy. All around Southeastern Pennsylvania, artists perform, inspire and provide hands-on instructions at schools, libraries, hospitals and community centers. While these collaborative efforts between artists and community organizations are invaluable to our region, they are often underfunded. If you are an artist or arts administrator looking for funding, the Cultural Alliance administers the following grant programs.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grants
The Cultural Alliance is a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program, the Cultural Alliance works with the PCA to evaluate proposals and distribute grant awards throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. This program enables the PCA to reach a wider audience by increasing access to funds for organizations and artists across the state, thereby increasing statewide audience exposure to arts activities.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants are divided into three categories:

Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator - a program that provides creative entrepreneurs who aspire to start their own for-profit business or who operate an existing for-profit micro business with access to existing small business consulting services and financial resources.

Entry to Program Stream (formerly Project Stream) - a pathway for small organizations with consistent arts programming to receive ongoing, unrestricted funds with the aim of eventually qualifying for Program Stream.

Program Stream - a program that provides general operating support to arts organizations that have a history of funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  This application is available by invitation only.

 

COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL

In 2020, the Cultural Alliance adminstered COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL, a pooled emergency relief fund for individual artists and arts organizations. In total, the fund awarded $4 million to 466 arts and culture organizations as well as 977 individual artists. This unprecedented collaborative effort, which was created by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) focused on supporting individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 - $15M) whose operations, revenues, work and livelihood have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about Arts Aid PHL at philaculture.org/artsaidphl.