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2018 Art and Culture Grant Program

Grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
and For-Profits for Quality Arts and Culture Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 174430
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF)

09/30/17 5:00 PM

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Grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nonprofit and for-profit organizations for high-quality arts and cultural programs, projects, and events for residents. Funding is intended to support arts and culture organizations that strive to create, preserve, and exhibit arts programs in the areas of visual, literary and performing arts, science, architecture, history and the humanities.

Both established organizations and new and emerging organizations are eligible. Both general operating and program grants are available.

Established organizations can apply for:

- General Operating Grant (3-yr):

Applicants that apply for a 2018 General Operating Grant are automatically considered for multi-year funding that, if awarded, provides an annual general operating grant for three years (2018, 2019, 2020), on the condition that the organization continues to meet the Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s eligibility requirements, completes the annual Interim Report as required, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund receives an allocation from the City. The grant amount will be newly calculated each year based on the score the organization received during the peer review process. Applications and site visits are not required of organizations in their interim years; an Interim Report is required.

Organizations may be awarded funding for one year rather than three years. In that case, the organization must reapply to be considered for future funding.

Established organizations may apply for a 2018 grant if they were not awarded a multi-year General Operating Grant in either 2016 (for 2016, 2017, and 2018) or in 2017 (for 2017, 2018, and 2019). If uncertain of your organization’s status, please call the Philadelphia Cultural Fund staff.

- Program Grant (1-yr)

Organizations that do not have arts at the core of their mission but produce valuable arts programs can apply for a 1-year Program Grant. For example, a hospital that has an exhibition program. Applications for a discreet arts and culture program within a larger non-arts focused organization will submit program budgets rather than organizational operating budgets.

Organizations that work on a project-by-project basis can apply annually for a 1-year Program Grant. Applications for project based work will submit program budgets rather than organizational operating budgets The CDP Funder Report attached to the application must reflect the applicant organization’s financials and activities.

Program Grantees must receive approval from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund before changes to the program or the program budget are implemented. The grant may be withdrawn or the amount adjusted.

New and Emerging organizations can apply for:

- General Operating Grant (1-yr)

Organizations that have been operating programs for less than 5 years. Applications must include the operating budget and CDP Funder Report for the applicant organization.

- Program Grant (1-yr)

Organizations that do not have arts at the core of their mission but operate a specific arts program. For example, a hospital that has an exhibition program. Applications for a discreet arts and culture program within a larger non-arts focused organization will submit program budgets rather than organizational operating budgets.

Organizations that work on a project-by-project basis. Applications for project based work will submit project budgets rather than organizational operating budgets The CDP Funder Report attached to the application must reflect the applicant organization’s financials and activities.

Program Grantees must receive approval from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund before changes to the program or the program budget are implemented. The grant may be withdrawn or the amount adjusted.

Grant amounts are determined through the use of a funding formula. Applicants do not request a specific grant amount.

One-year and three-year grants are available.

Organizations must be:

- Either an Established organization (have operated arts and culture programs for 5 or more years) or a New and Emerging organization (have operated art and culture programs for less than 5 years); or
- A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or are currently contracted with a fiscal sponsor that is pre-approved by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund; and
- Applying for either General Operating Grant or Program Grant.

An organization must:

1. Have its official place of business located in the City of Philadelphia as demonstrated by the address on latest 990 filing, Data Arts Funder Report, website, letterhead and printed public materials. The address of a staff, board member, or volunteer, unless the official address of the organization, or that of a fiscal sponsor, will not be accepted.

2. Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing OR has contracted with a fiscal sponsor that has been pre-approved by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Unincorporated organizations, such as LLCs, regardless of size, may apply using a fiscal sponsor if they can demonstrate that their organization has a mission dedicated to arts and culture and meets all other criteria.

3. Present at least 60% of its programming in the City of Philadelphia, thus demonstrating a commitment to provide arts and culture to the residents of the City of Philadelphia.

4. Have 60% of its current operating budget devoted to arts and culture. If an organization’s budget does not meet this 60% threshold the organization may be eligible to apply for a 1-year Program Grant if they have a specific arts and culture program that meets the other eligibility requirements. Those organizations are asked to call the Philadelphia Cultural Fund office for clarification before applying.

5. Has an articulated mission that is dedicated to arts and culture. Non-arts and culture organizations that operate an arts and culture program may be eligible to apply for a 1-year Program Grant; organizations are urged to call the Cultural Fund staff for clarification before applying. Arts and culture is defined as creating, preserving and/or exhibiting visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history and the humanities.

6. Have programs accessible to the public (provided for a charge or free). Example of ineligible programming: a private library collection of valuable documents not open to the public for study or research.

7. Have conducted public programming for at least one year.

8. Have a Governing body (board of directors) if a 501(c)(3); or an Advisory group, such as an advisory council, or programming committee, if utilizing a fiscal sponsor.

9. Have non-discriminatory employment and personnel practices.

10. Have three or more people that share organizational responsibilities.

11. Have at least one person responsible for ensuring programmatic and fiscal accountability.

12. Have the capacity to carry out its intended programming goals through the support of staff, board, advisors and/or volunteers.

13. Have a plan or planning process that demonstrates how the organization will achieve its stated mission and vision.

14. Be in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations including, without limitation, those of the IRS and the Commonwealth of PA.

15. Have audited financial statements that are completed within one year of filing the 990 tax return, if required (including 990-EZ). The Bureau of Charitable Organizations requires organizations that raise $300,000 or more in contributed income to obtain a financial audit. (PA Department of State, Information for Charitable Organizations)

16. Complete and submit a DataArts’ CDP Funder Report for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. All applicants are required to provide a current CDP Funder Report with their application. See About the Required CDP Funder Report below for specific requirements.

Restrictions:

The following are not eligible for Philadelphia Cultural Fund grants:

- Individual artists
- Sole proprietorships or other groups that are neither a 501 (c)(3) corporation or operating under a pre-approved fiscal sponsor
- Religious institutions
- Agencies and departments of city, state and federal governments
- Elementary or secondary schools, public, charter or private
- Colleges and universities, with some exceptions (please speak to PCF staff before applying)
- Organizations that are a line item allocation in the City’s 2018 General Operating Budget OR have received unrestricted monies, pledges or commitment of monies from any City department in excess of $10,000, cumulatively, between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

All fiscal sponsors must be pre-approved by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund through an application process. If your organization currently has a fiscal sponsor, please review the list on our website or contact PCF to determine if they are pre-approved so you can move ahead with your application. Non-profits that wish to serve as an approved fiscal sponsor for the 2018 grant cycle must submit an application by Friday, September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

All applications are completed online. Applications can be worked on over time and saved after each session. It is recommended that you download the attached PDFs and use them to guide you as you complete your application.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Established organizations apply here: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/Established2018
New and emerging organizations apply here: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/newandemerging2018

Barbara Silzle, Executive Director
30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
P: 267-419-7641
E: info@philaculturalfund.org

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