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Philadelphia Cultural Fund Announces Over $2.7 Million in Grants to 304 Local Arts and Culture Organizations

March 16, 2017, Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Cultural Fund will award over $2.7 million in Art and Culture grants to 304 local organizations for 2017. Grantees will accept their awards during private event ceremonies on March 21 and 22, 2017 at the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall. Since its founding in 1991, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund has awarded over $43 million in grants.

“The heartbeat of Philadelphia is felt through the dynamic arts and culture experiences produced by local organizations, big and small,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “We proudly support the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and thank the 2017 grantees for their exceptional contributions that allow residents of all ages to celebrate and contribute to the vibrant moments that make our city memorable.”

The Village of Arts and Humanities will receive the prestigious Councilman David Cohen Award, which was established in 2006 to perpetuate the legacy of the late Councilman who served on the Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s Board of Directors. This annual non-cash award recognizes an arts and culture organization in the City that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to social and economic justice.

“We’re honored to award a record number of organizations with our art and culture grants this year, shining the much deserved spotlight on 304 organizations that serve neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia,” said Barbara J. Silzle, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. “These organizations reflect our communities and contribute to the health and vitality of our city and its people, including our children, immigrants, seniors, veterans, the incarcerated and those formerly incarcerated. 20% of the organizations that applied this year were first time applicants, and in large thanks to Mayor Kenney and City Council, we can continue investing in more arts and cultural organizations.”

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s mission is to support and enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. By providing general operating grants on an annual basis through a peer review process, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund ensures the organizational stability and artistic quality of the cultural sector in Philadelphia and 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.

“The arts are the lifeblood of Philadelphia, and I am grateful to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund for keeping them alive and well,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “The Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s support for small arts organizations, in particular, is vital to the fabric of neighborhoods across our City. Thanks for all that you do to honor our history and to ensure our future is as vibrant as our past.”

Recognizing the importance of arts and culture to the quality of life, well-being, and economy the City of Philadelphia, the Cultural Fund’s purpose is:

  • To provide 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 arts and cultural 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

For more information about the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the 2017 Art and Culture grant recipients, please contact Barbara Silzle at, 215-686-0343.


About The Philadelphia Cultural Fund: Established in 1991 to support and enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, through the combined efforts of the Philadelphia City Council and the Mayor, promotes arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development and has played a key stabilizing role for numerous organizations by providing much- needed general operating funding.

Previous Press Releases from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Philadelphia Cultural Fund 2017 Art Culture Recipients, March 21,2017

Philadelphia Cultural Fund 2016 Youth Arts Enrichment Recipients, June 23, 2016

Philadelphia Cultural Fund 2016 Art & Culture Recipients, April 20, 2016

Philadelphia Cultural Fund Announces Barbara Silzle as new Executive Director, July 27, 2015