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.
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.
- Lobbyists’ payments.