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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:

The PCA has retired Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts’ (PPA) Entry to Program Stream, and Program Stream grant programs. The decision to retire these programs resulted from the PCA’s consideration of conversations, feedback, observations, insights, research, and data review with state and industry leaders, panelists, grantees, and community members. The goal of this retirement is to enable the PCA to provide a funding avenue that better aligns with industry trends and the goals of their strategic plan.

The Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF) - Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is excited to introduce a new grant program for the 2023-2024 grant year. The CSFF is designed to address the changing needs of dynamic PA arts organizations with average annual revenue between $10,000 - $200,000. This grant program incorporates the current needs of the field by offering grantees the flexibility to use grants in ways that ensure the most significant impact for their organizations and communities. Please check back in February 2023 for information regarding Creative Sector Flex Fund application deadlines and details. CSFF applications will begin to open in the summer of 2023. Take a look at the grants guidelines

Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator (CEAP) - 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.
 

 

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.