The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) was established in 1991 when Philadelphia’s Mayor and City Council authorized creation of an independent nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation whose mission is to provide funds to enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. PCF is managed by a professional philanthropy staff, with governance provided by a board comprised of arts leaders, community members and representatives named by the Mayor and City Council President. Grant applications are reviewed through a transparent and robust process that includes site visits and peer panels.

This operational structure enhances the integrity of the grant-making process and ensures continuity across mayoral administrations in terms of PCF-grantee relationships and funding practices. Grants are made from a City budget allocation to PCF and provide operating support for Philadelphia-based arts and culture organizations dedicated to creating, preserving and/or exhibiting visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history and the humanities.


Art & Culture Grants, grant awards to be made late March 2019

  • 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.
  • Download a copy of the 2019 Art & Culture Grant Program Eligibility and Guidelines


Youth Arts Enrichment Grants, 2019 guidelines available

  • Must be a 2019 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
  • Download a copy of the 2019 Youth Art Enrichment Guidelines