2017 Youth Arts Enrichment Grants Guidelines

Grants to fund meaningful cultural and arts experiences for Philadelphia’s youth.

Application available: Wednesday, February 15, 2017  

Youth Arts Enrichment (YAE) grants support specific programming that uses the arts to enrich the lives of young people, aged 5 to 18, in and out of school. Approximately $233,000 will be awarded in grants of up to $20,000 each. 


To provide high quality arts instruction, training, and participatory experiences to young people (aged 5 to 18) who are most unlikely to access cultural enrichment through other avenues. This includes programming in Philadelphia’s most underserved, impoverished communities.


An organization is only eligible to apply if it meets both conditions below:

1. It is a 2017 Art & Culture Grantee in the Established Organization category

  • as a 2017 general operating applicant, or
  • as a 2015 or 2016 multi-year general operating grantee that met reporting and eligibility requirements.


2. It did NOT receive a 2015 or 2016 YAE Grant

Philadelphia Cultural Fund Grantees in the New & Emerging category are not eligible.
Philadelphia Cultural Fund Program Grantees are not eligible.


  • An eligible organization may apply for a grant of up to $20,000 to support a specific youth arts program. Successful proposals may receive full or partial funding.
  • The specific youth arts programming must occur between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. A program does not qualify for a grant if it begins before July 1, 2017, or goes beyond December 31, 2018.
  • Applications consist of: 1) an online application form & narrative, 2) biographies of key staff/artists, 3) program documentation and 4) a Program Budget.
  • Program Budget restrictions/guidelines:
    • The Program Budget is for the specific youth arts program for which the applicant is requesting funding.
    • Applicants are required to use the Program Budget Form provided by the Cultural Fund in the application.
    • The Program Budget cannot exceed 20% of the organization’s average operating budget as indicated in the organization’s CDP Funder’s Report submitted to qualify for its 2017 Art & Culture Grant (either with 2017 application, or with Interim Reports for 2015 & 2016 multi-year recipients). Those that exceed 20% will be disqualified. Any questions, please call the Cultural Fund staff at 215-686-0343.
    • Grant funds can support both Direct and Indirect Program Expenses.
      • Direct Program Expenses are those necessary to operate the specific youth arts program, such as program staff, artistic expenses, production costs, equipment, and materials. Direct Program Expenses must represent at least 90% of the Program Budget.
      • Indirect Program Expenses are those costs associated with administration and facilities to operate the youth arts program, such as rent and cleaning. Indirect Program Expenses cannot exceed 10% of the Program Budget. Those that exceed 10% will be disqualified.
    • Grant funds may not be requested for or used to fund the organization’s general operating expenses. For example, a potter’s wheel used in a pottery program is a direct expense and is eligible, but a photocopier is not.



    Cultural Fund staff will pre-screen applications for eligibility prior to peer panel review. Qualified applications will undergo two rounds of peer panel review; site visits are not part of the YAE application review process. The Cultural Fund’s Board of Directors will make final grant determinations.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM  



    • are completed online
    • can be worked on over time and saved after each session
    • will be available on the Philadelphia Cultural Fund website Wednesday, February 15.


    Eligible applicants click here

    Questions can be directed to Michelle Currica, Program Manager, at 215.686-0343 or michelle@philaculturalfund.org


    • February 15, 2017 – Guidelines and application available
    • March 23, 2017 – Application deadline
    • April, 2017 – Application review
    • Mid May, 2017 – Grant Awards made
    • March, 2019 – Grant Report due


    PDF version of 2017 Youth Arts Enrichment Grants Guidelines