Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) - Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) Division
Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit arts organizations serving minority populations for organizational development and capacity building programs. Eligible organizations are those primarily serving one of the following populations: Asian, African American, Latinx, Native American, and Hispanic.
The Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) Division of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) supports the creation, development, and stabilization of organizations, programs and projects whose mission and artistic work are deeply rooted in and reflective of the African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American and Hispanic (ALANAH) perspectives.
Strategies for Success is a capacity building program that addresses and supports organizational development for ALANAH arts and cultural organizations through Implementation Awards, Technical Assistance and Professional Development workshops and conferences. Participation in the program is based on three levels of organizational readiness - Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.
This level is designed to support organizations that seek assistance with the development of a formal board structure, more consistent arts programming, and the establishment of nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
- Staff development materials (fiscal management systems, publications, workshops)
- Conference costs (fees, lodging and transportation not to exceed $500)
- Artists’ fees
- Equipment/facility rental (not to exceed $500)
- Other needs as determined by the assigned consultant(s)
The primary focus of the Intermediate Level of Strategies for Success is capacity building. This level is designed for independent arts organizations or arts programs within social service, community and non-arts organizations interested in developing professionally staffed arts programs with an active board of directors and professional staff. Grantees may need administrative and programmatic stabilization. In the past, areas of assistance have included support for staff position(s), specialized staff training, long-range planning and the creation of programmatic initiatives. The intent of the funded staff position is to assist the organization in developing professional staff who are committed to the growth of the organization.
The Advanced Level of Strategies for Success focuses on arts organizations that are viewed as institutions within their community/communities that provide consistent arts and cultural programming. Such organizations must document a track record of quality presentations and commitment to and from their community. Allowable projects include fundraising, long-range planning, program development, facility development, board development, and expansion. Special programmatic initiatives in the planning stages of the proposed application should also address the long-term stability of the institution.
GrantWatch ID#: 184915
The Basic Level awards up to $7,000 per year in non-matching funds, which can be used as
follows: up to $4,500 to support programs and staff expenses; up to $2,500 to pay consultant fees
The Intermediate Level awards up to $12,500 per year, which can be used as follows: up
to $7,500 for implementation or augmentation of up to two staff positions (match required); up to $2,500 for programming; up to $2,500 to pay consultant fees.
The Advanced Level awards implementation grants of up to $20,000 per year.
The Program Period is September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020.
Basic and Intermediate Level: Once accepted into this level, organizations may be funded annually for a maximum of four years.
Advanced Level: Once accepted into this level, organizations may be funded annually for a maximum of three years.
Unincorporated organizations must apply through a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that will act as a fiscal sponsor.
Basic Level Eligibility:
- Must be deeply rooted in and reflective of one or more ALANAH communities (African American, Latinix, Asian, Native American and Hispanic).
- Must have at least two years of active arts and cultural programming.
- Unincorporated ensembles, artists’ cooperatives, organizations in need of restructuring or social service, community and non-arts organizations interested in cultivating professionally staffed arts programs.
- Applicants must have an established board or community support group.
- Applicants must have an EIN number. Unincorporated groups must apply to the PCA through a nonprofit, tax-exempt (501(c)(3) organization that acts as a fiscal sponsor.
- Generally, applicants' annual budget may not exceed $24,000.
Intermediate Level Eligibility:
- Federal I.D. Number and determination as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or a pending application.
- Formal board of directors with committee structure and regular meetings.
- Formal bookkeeping system, regular office hours and accessible place of business.
- Evidence of successful fundraising.
- Demonstrated consistent community and audience support.
- Annual programming that is an artistically significant and effective presentation of cultural activities.
- Three consecutive years of operation.
- At least one staff position working a minimum of 20 hours per week.
- An annual budget of approximately $24,000-$100,000.
Advanced Level Eligibility:
- Minimum annual budget of approximately $125,000.
- Federal I.D. Number and determination as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
- Formal, structured board of directors with committee structure and regular meetings.
- At least two full-time, salaried staff members.
- Demonstrated use of volunteers.
- Formal bookkeeping system and annual audit, regular office hours and accessible place of business.
- Established long range plan (for at least three years in the future).
- Demonstrated marketing program.
- Evidence of structured annual fundraising activities.
- Established community support and awareness.
- Annual programming that is artistically significant and an effective presentation of cultural activities.
- A minimum of ten consecutive years of operation.
- Must meet all Intermediate Level eligibility criteria.
PCA funds cannot be used for 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.
- Application Submission Due Date: March 18, 2019
- Grant Review Panel Sessions: May 2019
- Recommendations Made to Council: July 2019
- Applicant Notification: August 2019 (Pending timely passage of state budget)
- Program Period: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020
- Final Report Due Date: September 30, 2019 (For FY2018-2019 grant recipients)
Before accessing eGrant to apply for PDC funding, all grantees must secure a DUNS number, which is a unique, nine-digit identification, assigned by Dun & Bradstreet, for each physical location of a business. DUNS number. Registration: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
Before accessing ESA to apply for PDC funding, potential grantees must register for non-procurement vendor registration with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This process is free. Registration: https://www.budget.pa.gov/Services/ForVendors/Pages/Vendor-Registration.aspx
Intermediate Level: Partial match required. Grant award funds allocated to the implementation or augmentation of one or more staff positions must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Advanced Level: 100% match required. Grant award funds must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
Basic Level: https://www.arts.pa.gov/WHAT%20WE%20DO/FUNDING/apply-for-a-grant/PDC/Pages/PDCBasicLevel.aspx
Intermediate Level: https://www.arts.pa.gov/WHAT%20WE%20DO/FUNDING/apply-for-a-grant/PDC/Pages/Intermediatepdc.aspx
Advanced Level: https://www.arts.pa.gov/WHAT%20WE%20DO/FUNDING/apply-for-a-grant/PDC/Pages/advancedpdc.aspx
About the online application system: https://www.arts.pa.gov/WHAT%20WE%20DO/FUNDING/apply-for-a-grant/Pages/eGRANT.aspx
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.