The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is a non-profit corporation established by Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council in 1991 to support and 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 the City budget allocation to the Cultural Fund for operating support of Philadelphia-based arts and cultural organizations.
Among the overall goals of the Cultural Fund are:
- to provide general operating support funds to serve Philadelphia-based arts and cultural institutions and organizations;
- to advocate the value of the arts in daily life and their importance to the growth and future of the community;
- to recognize the contributions of Philadelphia-based organizations, both new and established, that have a demonstrated track record to service, and the financial management and programming capacity to continue providing service;
- to recognize and nurture artistic quality;
- to encourage and increase opportunities for involvement and participation in arts and cultural activities by culturally diverse constituencies;
- to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Philadelphia and encourage a sense of pride and commitment in the city.