PA Partners in the Arts

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a partnership between local organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Operating in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, PPA Partners re-grant PCA funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities. PPA goals include:

  • 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 (b) supporting a wide variety of arts activities in communities, developed in a variety of local settings.
  • Encouraging and supporting local decision making in regranting of arts dollars.
  • Increasing awareness of and advocacy for government support and funding for the arts at the local and state levels.
  • Enabling the PCA to provide increased assistance to its broad constituency throughout the state.

The Cultural Alliance distributes two streams of funding from the PCA in York, Adams, Franklin, and Fulton counties. These are called “Program Stream” and “Entry to Program Stream”.  Read below for a description of each.

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Program Stream
Program Stream provides funding for organizations who have previously received PCA funding and would like to apply again, or who have been invited to apply.  Applicants can either be a non-profit, or use a non-profit to act as their fiscal sponsor.

Entry to Program Stream
Entry to Program Stream is for organizations or programs with average annual revenue of less than $200,000.  Generally, grant amounts will range from $2,000 to $3,000, and grant funds may be used for operations, programs, or projects.  Applicants can either be a non-profit, or use a non-profit to act as their fiscal sponsor.

For the most updated information from the PCA, click here

Current Grantees, click here for instructions on how to acknowledge your PPA funding

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PPA Program Stream Information

2022-2023 PPA Program Stream Grants are currently open for arts-based organizations who have received Project Stream Grants for consecutive years, and have been invited to move into the PPA Program Steam.

DUE DATE: January 18, 2022, 5 p.m. EST
GRANT ACTIVITY PERIOD: September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023

HOW TO APPLY
STEP 1    Read the Guidelines: Program Stream Guidelines 2022-2023
STEP 2    Apply Online here (application opens November 29)

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Your Pennsylvania Senate and House District numbers for the address your organization is registered.  Find your districts here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/
  • Your IRS Letter of Determination or that of your fiscal sponsor if you are not a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.  A fiscal sponsor is a non-profit organization who would receive the funds for you from the PCA and assume liability for your grant.  Read more about fiscal sponsors here.
  • Your past years revenue
  • Both audited and non-audited financials from your organization.
  • The number of full-time employees (including contracted or leased employees) that your organization employs.
  • Download a sample copy of the application: Application – 2022-2023 Program Stream.

As our region’s PPA partner, the Cultural Alliance is here to help you through the grant process.  If you have any questions or would like a phone or in-person walk-through of the project stream grant, email Jennifer Glassmyer or call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255 to schedule. You can also call the PPA help hotline at 1-800-379-7448

PPA Partners focus on making arts programs available to every Commonwealth resident, with a focus on previously under-served communities and regions in Pennsylvania.  All projects must be publicized and open to the general public.

Entry to Program Stream Information

Entry to Program Stream is for organizations or programs with average annual revenue of less than $200,000 that aim to ultimately be recommended for support through PPA Program Stream. Entry to Program Stream supports eligible applicants that have a history of at least one year of consistent arts programming. Generally, grant amounts will range from $2,000 to $3,000, and grant funds may be used for operations, programs, or projects.  All grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis in cash.

Applicants must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, a unit of government, or school district providing arts programming and/or arts services in Pennsylvania, or may apply using a fiscal sponsor.

DUE DATE: February 15, 2022, 5 p.m. EST
GRANT ACTIVITY PERIOD: September 1, 2022-August 31, 2023

How to apply
STEP 1    Read the Guidelines: Entry to Program Stream Guidelines 2022-2023
STEP 2    Apply Online here (application opens November 29)

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Your Pennsylvania Senate and House District numbers for the address your organization is registered.  Find your districts here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/
  • Your IRS Letter of Determination or that of your fiscal sponsor if you are not a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.  A fiscal sponsor is a non-profit organization who would receive the funds for you from the PCA and assume liability for your grant.  Read more about fiscal sponsors here.
  • Your past years revenue
  • Both audited and non-audited financials from your organization.
  • The number of full-time employees (including contracted or leased employees) that your organization employs.
  • Download a sample copy of the application: Application – 2022-2023 Entry Track Program Stream

As our region’s PPA partner, the Cultural Alliance is here to help you through the grant process.  If you have any questions or would like a phone or in-person walk-through of the project stream grant, email Jennifer Glassmyer or call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255 to schedule. You can also call the PPA help hotline at 1-800-379-7448

PPA Partners focus on making arts programs available to every Commonwealth resident, with a focus on previously under-served communities and regions in Pennsylvania.  All projects must be publicized and open to the general public.

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Application Website: PPA Program Stream Online Application System.