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Nonprofits for Arts and Cultural Projects

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The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

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Deadline Date:

06/26/19 4:00 PM


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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:
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:
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)
- Performance

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148821

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria for All Grant Requests:

-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 a substantial record of presenting professional public programs.
-If you have an open Center grant, please contact the appropriate program to determine your eligibility to apply in 2019.

Individuals are now required to apply for Project grants with an organizational partner. That organization will be responsible for collaborating fully with the individual partner in managing and producing the project. Applicants are not eligible to apply for Project or Discovery grants as individuals.

Additional Criteria for Project Grants Exceeding $300,00

Along with meeting all other eligibility criteria, these projects, whether from a single organization or a multi-organizational team, must—
- Represent a demonstrably new level of ambition in content, scope, and scale for applicants;
- Be artist/creative practitioner driven and involve new commissions;
- Include one major creative contributor from outside the United States; and
- Incorporate the audience experience as integral to the project’s design and realization, as well as its impact.

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.

For a list of ineligible applicants and types of support:

Pre-Application Information:

Step 1: Talk to the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Prior to Deadlines
First-time applicants are required to make an appointment to discuss their project with the Center’s senior staff by February 15, 2019.

Returning applicants are required to identify their intention to apply to the Center by contacting staff by March 1, 2019, before beginning a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI).

All applicants requesting awards over $300,000, whether for single-organization or multi-organization projects, are required to make an appointment with the Center’s executive director and appropriate senior program staff by February 15, 2019.

Step 2: Submit an LOI
Letters of Intent to Apply are due on March 27, 2019 by 4 p.m. The LOI must be completed online. Applicants whose LOIs are reviewed favorably will be invited to submit a full application. Notification regarding an invitation to apply will be sent by May 1, 2019.

Step 3: Submit a full application
Applications are due on June 26, 2019 by 4 p.m. The full application must be completed online. Announcement of grant recipients will be made in Fall 2019.

2019 Updates:


Contact Information:

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:
Neiressa Croom

For Performance:
Carlos Diaz

Grant requests exceeding $300,000
TJ Hunt, Executive Assistant

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