Grants to Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
and Individuals for Arts and Cultural Projects
and Individuals for Arts and Cultural Projects
Foundation / Corporation
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage
03/07/18 4:00 PM
Grants to Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and individuals for the implementation of major arts and cultural exhibitions and performances. First-time applicants must schedule an appointment with program staff by October 13. All applicants must contact program staff at least two weeks prior to the LOI deadline. LOIs are due November 15. Eligible applicants are located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
Recognizing the increasingly blurred lines and fluid boundaries in the presentation and interpretation of material and visual culture, as well as in performance, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) has two categories of funding.
Areas of programming considered within Exhibitions & Public Interpretation (EPI) include public display and/or interpretation of artworks, historical artifacts, scientific objects, living collections, buildings, stories, or ideas; film, video, or other moving-image presentations and technology platforms; and all other forms of exhibitions and public cultural interpretation, including those that take place in public spaces, online, and/or make use of participatory strategies.
Areas of programming considered within Performance include original works or new treatments of existing works in all performance forms; film, video, and other moving-image performance works; distribution of performance using new experimental media or technology platforms; and performances in public spaces, online, and/or making use of participatory strategies. The category supports projects that are multi- or interdisciplinary, as well as those based in a specific discipline.
The goals of Center grant making are to:
-Support substantive projects that grow out of mission, demonstrate artistic and programmatic urgency, ambition, and conceptual rigor for the applicant, and represent a thoughtful development of an existing line of work or a heretofore unexplored direction.
-Support partnerships and collaborations outside of the applicant’s habitual frame of reference (i.e. disciplinary, geographic, cultural, etc.) that are significant and build new relationships.
-Support projects that provide inspirational models for cultural practice in the region and beyond.
-Support projects that introduce the applicant to unfamiliar audiences, expand the reach and impact of the applicant’s programming, deepen meaningful engagement, and improve audience prospects for the longer term.
Project grants are for making big ideas happen: bringing artistically and programmatically urgent, ambitious, and substantive performances, exhibitions, or interpretation projects to fruition. Projects can take any form. They may be wholly new undertakings for the applicant or represent the further development of an ongoing direction.
Projects must deliver distinctive, high-quality, and meaningful cultural experiences to audiences in the Philadelphia region. They should also demonstrate awareness of leading practices in the eld and be situated in relationship to them. Documentation that extends the life of the project and amplifies its non-regional audiences is a priority.
Organizations may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $300,000; individuals applying directly may be eligible for grants of up to $60,000.
Funds must be expended within 24 months.
The implementation period for Project grants extends from July 1, 2018 and must conclude by September 30, 2020.
Major public events that are part of a Center grant should generally not be scheduled to take place before November 1, 2018.
-Must have 501(c)(3) designation at the time of submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI); and must have paid, professional artistic and managerial project staff. If awarded funding, grant contracts can only be signed by a person with legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organization. It may be possible, in some cases, for applicants to go through a fiscal agent; however, this must be discussed with Center senior staff before submitting a LOI.
-Must be in sound financial health, as determined by audited financial statements and/or verified Cultural Data Profile (CDP) reports demonstrating no operating losses in two out of the past three years and showing positive working capital. Audited financial statements are required by the Center from organizations with annual budgets exceeding $100,000; outside financial review is required for all others.
-Must officially reside in the five-county Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties).
-Must have created, curated, produced, or presented at least three professional public programs within the last five years.
-If you have an open Center grant, please contact the appropriate program to determine your eligibility to apply in 2018.
Organizations are ineligible if they are managed by current employees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage or The Pew Charitable Trusts; members of such employees’ households; or people closely related to such employees through blood, marriage, or domestic partnership.
• Must reside in the five-county region served by the Center (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties).
• Must be a U.S. citizen or have official non-resident status.
• Must have created, curated, performed in, or presented three professionally produced public programs within the last five years.
• Individual applicants are required to collaborate with a “thinking partner,” i.e. a curator or critical observer, as part of the proposed work. This should be framed as a new relationship for the applicant.
• If you have an open Center grant, please contact the appropriate program to determine your eligibility to apply in 2018.
Graduate or undergraduate university and college students working toward a degree are not eligible to apply. If you are a full-time faculty member or engaged in post-graduate work at a university or college, please contact Center staff to discuss the eligibility of your project.
Individuals are ineligible if they are current or recent (within two years) employees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage or The Pew Charitable Trusts; members of such employees’ households that would materially gain from participation in Center-funded projects; or people closely related to such employees through blood, marriage, or domestic partnership who would materially gain from participation in Center-funded projects.
Individuals who are granted Pew Fellowships in the Arts are not eligible for additional Center grants during the first year of their fellowship period.
Individual applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a certified public accountant concerning the tax implications of receiving an individual Project grant.
Ineligible for Support:
Grants in the Exhibitions & Public Interpretation (EPI) program are not made for individual exhibitions of private collections, nor for acquiring collections or property. Please note: Artists with a demonstrated record of curatorial projects may apply as curators. They must discuss the eligibility of their project with EPI program staff before submitting an LOI. Applicants are enoucraged to tour or present Center-funded projects outside the region, when appropriate. If you are touring a project, or working collaboratively with an organization outside of the region, please discuss with Center senior staff those costs which are and which are not eligible for support.
Grants in the Performance program are not for ongoing seasonal support. Multiple commissions within the same application must be conceived for presentation under a single rigorously considered curatorial premise that cogently outlines what is at stake artistically and programmatically. Collaborations with new partners are encouraged. If you are touring a project or working collaboratively with an organization outside of the region, please discuss with Center senior staff those costs which are and which are not eligible for support.
Ineligible costs include capital improvements or real estate expenditures; debt service or retirement; endowment funds; or operation support (including salaries).
Before beginning a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI), applicants are required to identify their intention to apply to the Center by contacting staff at least two weeks before the LOI deadline (November 15, 2017). First-time applicants are required to make an appointment to discuss your project with the Center’s senior staff by October 13, 2017. During this conversation, applicants and staff can discuss any eligibility concerns, and your project’s fit within the Center’s goals and priorities.
Letters of Intent to Apply are due on November 15, 2017 by 4:00 PM.
Applicants whose LOIs are reviewed favorably will be invited to submit a full application. Notification regarding an invitation to apply will be sent by December 22, 2017.
Applications are due on March 7, 2018 by 4:00 PM.
Announcements of grant recipients will be made in June 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
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