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Resources for Creatives

Whether you are in the process of starting your own small creative business, expanding your entrepreneurial skills, or refining and exploring new avenues in your creative practice, the Cultural Alliance has resources for individual creators.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) and with funding support from the J. William Warehime Foundation, the Creative Accelerator program offers small business consulting, creative mentorship and grants for artists and creators in York County. 

In order to connect artists with valuable business and skill building services, as well as create more authentic relationships between artists in our community, the path to connecting to resources from the Cultural Alliance will no longer start with a written application.  We will be empowering a team of Navigators, hired and trained by the Cultural Alliance, to work with artists seeking resources for an idea.  These Navigators will provide business development resources, advice and insight into their development plan, as well as work with the artist to submit their application for a request of $500-$2500 in grant funds if their idea has been green-lit for funding (most awards average under $2,000.)

Fill out a letter of interest – Create a log in for our Grant Portal, scroll down until you see “Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Grant”. Additional Instructions can be found here.

Log in to the Grant Portal – Click here if you previously received a grant and need to fill out a follow-up form, or want to log in to revisit past or draft applications.

Previous Grant Awardees – Click here to see creatives who have received grants since this program started in 2020.

Artist Innovator Awards

The Artist Innovator Awards will recognize the high quality and value of working artists in York County.  One artist working in any medium will be awarded with a $10,000 prize, solely based on their outstanding quality of work, as portrayed on their York365 profile.

Arts in Education

The Arts in Education program, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, promotes learning in and through the arts in throughout Adams, Franklin, Fulton and York counties. Schools, community organizations and senior centers are invited to collaborate with highly trained teaching artists to custom-design learning experiences for their site.