Foundation / Corporation
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage
06/26/19 4:00 PM
Grants to Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for the implementation of major arts and cultural exhibitions and performances. First-time applicants must schedule an appointment with program staff prior to applying. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Eligible applicants are located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
The goals of Center grantmaking 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 and audiences.
-Support projects that provide inspirational models for cultural practice in the region and beyond.
-Support projects that expand the audience reach and impact of the applicant’s programming, deepen meaningful engagement, improve audience prospects for the longer term, and, as relevant, connect the applicant to unfamiliar audiences.
Types of support:
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 field and be situated in relationship to them. Documentation that extends the life of the project and amplifies its non-regional audiences is a priority.
Discovery grants are for focused exploration that will seed future project proposals. They are designed to create the conditions that will allow applicants to be competitive and successful within the Project grant arena. Discovery grants support: the development of a creative process or strategy; deep examinations of a curatorial/program idea; rigorous topical research and knowledge acquisition; testing a hypothesis; piloting or prototyping a project or program; conducting audience research that will enhance artistic decision-making; and developmental consultations with creative minds from around the world. A public component is required of all Discovery grants.
Categories of funding:
- Exhibitions & Public Interpretation (EPI)
These categories support projects that are multi- or interdisciplinary, as well as those based in a specific discipline. All projects must be presented to public audiences.
For a description of the two categories of funding, see:
GrantWatch ID#: 148821
- The maximum Project Grant amount has been raised to $400,000 for a single applicant and up to an aggregate of $800,000 for multi-organizational collaborations.
- The maximum amount awarded for Discovery grants is $50,000.
Project Grant funds must be expended within 24-30 months.
Discovery Grant Funds must be expended within 12 months.
The implementation period for Project grants extends from January 1, 2020 and must conclude by June 30, 2022.
The implementation period for Discovery grants extends from January 1, 2020 and must conclude by December 31, 2020.
Major public events that are part of a Center grant should generally not be scheduled to take place before March 1, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To schedule an appointment, please contact:
Exhibitions & Public Interpretation:
Grant requests exceeding $300,000
TJ Hunt, Executive Assistant
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