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

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, government agencies, school districts, and institutions of higher education that provide arts-related programs. Funding is intended for programs and organizations that have at least one year of consistent arts or cultural programming and can provide proof of activity or incorporation in Pennsylvania. Entry track is the point of entry for organizations or programs to the Arts Organizations and Arts Programs track (AOAP).

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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:

Entry Track Eligibility:
- Must be nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation; a unit of government; or school district 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.
- At least one year of arts programming.
- An average fiscal size of 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.

Unincorporated groups (and in some instances, individuals) must apply to the PCA through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

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.

In some instances, public access to the arts is limited by circumstances. Examples of this include individuals living in an institutional setting or with other barriers to participation. Organizations and programs that serve those in such environments may be considered eligible.

Grant funds cannot be used for any of the following:
- Activities that are outside the performance period.
- Activities that have a religious purpose.
- Payments to lobbyists.
- Cash prizes and awards.
- Benefit activities.
- Hospitality expenses.
- Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 per item or more.
- Competitions.
- Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public.
- Activities for which academic credit is given.

Pre-Application Information:

The completed application must be submitted online by February 14, 2020. No hard copies are required.

All Digital Process: The Electronic Single Application (ESA), from registration to payment, has been developed for the PCA by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

The PCA Financial & Activity Report is used to collect your financial and selected nonfinancial information for the last two years. This form is available for download in the Electronic Single Application (ESA) and must be completed with the most up to date information possible. When finished you will need to upload it as an attachment in ESA.

Funding Process:
- Applications are submitted online.
- Applications are reviewed by advisory panels. Panels evaluate each application based on published PCA criteria.
- The Council annually reviews funding options and sets the parameters for funding. Awards are generally approved at the July Council meeting.

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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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):

For Technical and Login questions, contact Customer Service at: 800-379-7448

For Narrative and Attachment questions, contact Matthew Serio, ENTRY Track Program Director
at:, 717-787-1523

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