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Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, Groups,
IHEs, Schools, and Individuals for Local Arts Projects

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Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)

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06/20/19 5:00 PM Electronic Submission


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Pennsylvania nonprofits, government agencies, community groups, college and university departments, schools, and individuals for arts projects that benefit public audiences. Funding may be requested for a broad range of community-based and local arts activities.

Eligible projects must:
- ​Be an arts activity conducted for the benefit of the public
- Take place in the PPA Partner’s service reg​ion

Program Goals:
- Expanding constituent access to the arts by (a) making arts programs available to communities that may have been underserved in the past by state arts funding, and by (b) supporting a wide variety of arts activities in the community, developed in a variety of settings;
- Encouraging and supporting local decision-making in the re-granting of state arts dollars;
- Increasing awareness of and advocacy for government support and funding of the arts at the local and state levels;
- Enabling the PCA staff to provide increased assistance to its broad constituency throughout the state.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181352

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Stream provides grants of up to $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The activity period is from September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations
- Community groups
- Units of government
- Schools
- Departments of colleges and universities
- Individuals over 18 years of age

In some instances, public access to the arts is limited by circumstances beyond the control of the applicant. Examples of this include programs for individuals who are institutionalized, incarcerated, or otherwise unable to access public programs. Applications for projects providing access to the arts in such environments will not be disqualified as a result of the public being unable or not allowed to attend.

For-profit organizations are ineligible.

PPA Project Stream applicants may not apply to the following grant programs for the same grant period: PPA Program Stream, PCA AOAP Track, or PCA Entry Track.

PPA Project Stream applicants may apply to the following PCA grant programs during the same grant period: Arts in Education Residencies; Preserving Diverse Cultures; and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania's Professional Development and Consulting.

In general, grant funds cannot be used for any of the following:
- Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 or more per item;
- Activities for which academic credit is given;
- Activities that have already been completed;
- Activities that have a religious purpose;
- Cash prizes and awards;
- Benefit activities;
- Hospitality expenses, i.e., receptions, parties, gallery openings;
- Payments to lobbyists;
- Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public;

Pre-proposal Conference:

Erie Arts & Culture announces the workshop schedule for the 2019 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream grants. Erie Arts & Culture administers the program in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties. The information sessions are designed to provide detailed information on the program and to guide prospective candidates through the application process.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Host: Oil City Main Street Program
Location: Oil City Library, 2 Central Ave, Oil City, PA 16301
Dinner Provided

Wednesday, May 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Host: Allegheny Center for the Arts
Location: Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 444 Pennsylvania Ave West, Third Floor, Warren, PA 16365
Lunch Provided

Friday, May 17, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Host : Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce
Location: Founders’ Board Room, 41 Chestnut Ave, Sharon, PA 16146
Lunch Provided

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Host: Meadville Council on the Arts
Location: 910 Market St, Meadville, PA 16335
Refreshments Provided

Friday, May 24, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Host: Goodell Gardens & Homestead
Location: 221 Waterford St, Edinboro, PA 16412
Lunch Provided by Flip Cafe

All information sessions are free and open to the public. Event details can be found on Erie Arts & Culture’s calendar and Facebook.

Questions can be directed to Melinda Meyer, Program Director

Additional information:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically on or before June 20, 2019 by 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Project Stream Application Timeline:
- June 20, 2019: Online application due date.
- August 2019: Partner advisory panels meet to assess the applications.
- September - October 2019: Applicants are notified and grantees are invited to attend awards ceremonies. Grant award agreements are due to PPA Partners.
- September 1, 2019: Grant activity period begins.
- August 31, 2020: Grant activity period ends.
- September 30, 2020: Postmarked final report due date to PPA Partners.

Grants are awarded annually and applicants must reapply every year. The application is for projects that have not yet occurred. Applicants may submit one (1) Project Stream application per PPA service region, per grant period.

Matching requirements:
- First and second time PPA Project Stream recipients are not required to match the requested amount.
- Third time (and thereafter) recipients must show a 1:1 cash match of funds requested.
- PCA funds may not be used as match for other PCA funds.

PPA Project Stream grantees may qualify to transition to the PPA Program Stream. Program Stream offers ongoing support to arts organizations and arts programs with an established history of PPA support. To qualify for Program Stream, applicants must have multiple years of Project Stream funding, be a non-profit organization, have consistent arts programming, and good assessments from the Project Stream review panels. Organizations are notified by the PCA or a PPA Partner that they have met the eligibility requirements and are invited to apply to PPA Program Stream.

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

For workshop information:
Melinda Meyer
(814) 452-3427 x 102

Apply online:

For more information, contact:

Matthew Serio
(717) 787-1523

You may also contact your Regional PPA Partner:

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