Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a partnership between local organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Operating in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, PPA Partners re-grant PCA funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities. PPA goals include:

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  • Expanding constituent access to the arts by (a) making arts programs available to communities that may have been underserved in the past by state arts funding, and (b) supporting a wide variety of arts activities in communities, developed in a variety of local settings.
  • Encouraging and supporting local decision making in regranting of arts dollars.
  • Increasing awareness of and advocacy for government support and funding for the arts at the local and state levels.
  • Enabling the PCA to provide increased assistance to its broad constituency throughout the state.

Community Giving Foundation is the Region 3 Partner serving Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, Bradford, and Tioga Counties.


Grant Opportunities

CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program was created in 2021 with the purpose of pairing access to existing small business consulting services with financial resources for creative entrepreneurs who aspire to start their own for-profit business or who operate an existing for-profit micro business. The program's purpose is to help creative entrepreneurs to grow their business, audience, and revenue. The program overview document included in the links below provides a detailed explanation of the eligibility criteria, roles and responsibilities required for this application process.

CREATIVE SECTOR FLEX FUND
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts introduced a new grant program, the Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF), in 2023-2024, and is offering the program again for the 2024-2025 grant cycle. 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 $5,000 grants in ways that ensure the most significant impact for their organizations and communities. Eligible uses of funds are flexible, including the support of applicants' administrative, programmatic, and project-related expenses.

Please Note: 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 conservations, 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 our strategic plan.


How to Apply

To begin the application process, log in to our grant website.


Contact Information

Karri Harter, Grant and Scholarship Administrator, [email protected] or 570-752-3930 ext. 6


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