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:
- 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.
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.
- Application Timeline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the online grant application portal
- Funding Amounts: $500 to $2,000
- Program Overview
- Referral Form
- Client Information Form
CREATIVE SECTOR FLEX FUND
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is excited to introduce a new grant program, the Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF), 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-$20,000. 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.
- Guidelines for the 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund
- Application Timeline: June 1st - July 6th.
For Current PPA Entry to Program and Program Stream Grantees
The PCA has retired Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts' 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 our strategic plan.
Please know that current PPA Entry to Program and Program Stream Grantees: Please know that your organization's 2022-2023 Entry to Program Stream or Program Stream grant will not be impacted by this change. Please continue to communicate with your regional PPA partner regarding final report due dates and procedures. We thank you for the value and impact that your art organization provides to the communities that you serve, and we encourage you to explore the guidelines for the Creative Sector Flex Fund, as you may find that this program is a great fit for your organization and programs.
How to Apply
To begin the application process, log in to our grant website.