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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools to Support Arts and Cultural Programs

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Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, agencies, school districts, and institutions of higher education to support arts and cultural programs. Preference will be given to programs that benefit the public. Programs may be in the disciplines of arts education, crafts, dance, literature, art museums, art service organizations, folk and traditional arts, music, media arts, local arts, presentations, theater, and visual arts. This grant is the point of entry for organizations or programs to the Arts Organizations and Arts Programs track. Organizations and programs should generally have a history of at least one year of consistent arts or cultural programming.

Program/Art Discipline Descriptions:

- Arts Education Organizations
Supports organizations and programs whose primary mission and activities involve arts education or arts in education and that include a public participation component.

- Art Museums
This program supports organizations and programs that exhibit, preserve, and interpret visual material through exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, conservation, and documentation, services to the field, education and public programs.

- Art Service Organizations
Supports organizations and programs whose primary mission is to provide services to Pennsylvania arts organizations and artists.

- Crafts
Supports contemporary (not folk arts) craft organizations that exhibit and interpret crafts through exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, education and public programs.

- Dance
Supports dance organizations, dance companies, and ongoing dance programs whose primary purpose is public performance. Dance schools, civic ballets, training institutions, and non-professional dance companies’ support is restricted to those projects which engage guest teachers and choreographers. Programs in which a professional performing organization is contracted by another organization to perform should apply to Presenting.

- Folk and Traditional Arts
Supports organizations that work to sustain and preserve folk and traditional arts rooted in ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational, or regional groups. These arts are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities and are often passed down from one generation to another.

- Literature
Supports literary organizations and programs, publications, readings and other related activities that deliver programs and services to the public.

- Local Arts
Supports organizations and programs that support, coordinate and provide a broad range of arts programs and administrative services based on the needs of the designated region or community. Applicants are generally multi-discipline art centers, arts councils, arts festivals, and/or arts programs in a social service center, nonprofit organization or government agency.

- Media Arts
Supports organizations and programs that create, produce, exhibit, broadcast or distribute media arts and provide educational programming. Media Arts includes film, audio, video, and digital work.

- Music
Supports nonprofit music organizations and programs whose primary purpose is public performance. This program does not fund music education programs for non-profit organizations. In that case, the applicant should apply to the Arts in Education Division. Programs in which a professional performing organization is contracted by another organization to perform should apply to Presenting.

- Presenting
Supports organizations and programs that present professional performing arts beyond primarily local artists. A performing arts presenting organization engages professional touring artists, pays their fees, handles the local presentation, promotion and ticket sales, and arranges for the facilities and technical support for the events.

- Theater
Supports theater organizations that create, produce and present plays and new theater forms for public performance.

- Visual Arts
Supports contemporary visual arts organizations that exhibit and interpret visual arts through exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, education and public programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178355

Term of Contract:

Organizations must submit the full application every year. Organizations or programs stay in Entry track until recommended for AOAP. The AOAP track provides ongoing support through a multi-year application based completely on the two most recently completed fiscal years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In general:

- Must be nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations; or a unit of government; college or university; school district; or non-arts nonprofit providing arts programming and/or arts services in Pennsylvania.
- Organizations are required to provide proof of incorporation and activity in Pennsylvania before applications are reviewed or funds awarded.
- Must have at least one year of arts programming.
- Must have an average fiscal size more than $200,000.

National service organizations that are headquartered in Pennsylvania may be supported for programs and services they offer to Pennsylvania artists or organizations.

Awards are unlikely to support a program or the staff of an organization that has as their primary purpose therapy, recreation or amelioration of social problems. However, the award may support the use of artists of professional caliber in such organizations or programs. Artists with credentials and experience in therapy, recreation or social service are not automatically excluded from participation or support, but evidence of their professional credentials, as artists, will be a critical part of the PCA's evaluation of any application for support.

The PCA does support campus projects that involve the local community via planning, execution, and participation. Activities that primarily serve the student body and faculty of a campus are supported by the PCA only in exceptional cases. Colleges and universities must demonstrate that their programming reaches the general public in addition to an academic audience. This can be shown by financial support from outside the school from local corporations, businesses, individuals, and foundations.

Generally, the PCA does not provide organizations with start-up money. There are some exceptions to
this. If you have questions about starting an arts organization, contact the PCA.

In general, the PCA does not fund the following, nor can the match for PCA funds be used for these expenses:

- Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 per item or more.
- Activities for which academic credit is given.
- Activities that have already been completed.
- Activities that have a religious purpose.
- Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public.
- Performances and exhibitions outside Pennsylvania.
- Cash prizes and awards.
- Benefit activities.
- Hospitality expenses -- i.e. receptions, parties, gallery openings.
- Payments to lobbyists.
- Competitions.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

-Data Collection – PCA Funder Report from DataArts
Entered via the DataArts site, the PCA Funder Report collects your organization's financial and selected non-financial information for the last two years. This form must be completed with the most up-to-date information possible. When finished, download the PCA Funder Report. This report will be uploaded as an attachment in the Electronic Single Application (ESA).

-Apply online through the Electronic Single Application (ESA). The entire application and required support materials must be submitted by January 16, 2018.

Unless otherwise specified in the guidelines, PCA awards must be matched on a dollar-by-dollar basis in cash. In kind goods and services may not be used to match PCA funds. The PCA generally will support no more than 35 percent of a program or organizational budget, and usually considerably less.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online through the Electronic Single Application (ESA):

Questions about the ESA, contact:
Seth Poppy

If you have questions about completing the application form and required support materials, contact:

Matthew Serio, Program Director
Phone: 717-787-1523

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USA: Pennsylvania