The Philadelphia Cultural Fund was established in 1991 when Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council authorized the creation of a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission was to provide funds to enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. The Fund promotes arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development in the Philadelphia region. Grants are made from a City budget allocation to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund for operating support of Philadelphia-based arts and culture organizations dedicated to creating, preserving and/or exhibiting visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history and the humanities.

GRANT PROGRAMS

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Art & Culture Grants, 2019 guidelines available late July 2018

  • Basic eligibility requirements:
    • Arts and culture is the primary focus of mission and/or select programming;
    • Legal residence and majority of programming must be in the City of Philadelphia;
    • Must be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in good standing OR contracted with a Fiscal Sposnor that has been pre-approved by the Cultural Fund;
    • Must have demonstrated at least one year of public programming.
  • Guidelines and application are available on the website
  • Applications are filled out and submitted online
  • Applicants are required to undergo a site visit and their application is evaluated through a peer panel review
  • Grant amounts are determined through the use of a funding formula; applicants do not request a specific grant amount.
  • 2018 Guidelines & Eligibility for reference

 

Youth Arts Enrichment Grants, grant awards to be made late May 2018

  • Must be a 2018 Art & Culture grantee to qualify
  • Guidelines and application are available on the website
  • Applications are filled out and submitted online
  • Qualified applications will undergo two rounds of peer panel review; site visits are not a part of the YAE application review process
  • The Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s Board of Directors will make final grant determinations
  • 2018 Guidelines for reference