Art & Culture Grants

Art & Culture Grants

2019 Art & Culture Grant Program

The 2019 cycle has concluded 2020 will launch summer 2019

About the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Art & Culture Grant Program

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) 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 Cultural 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 amounts are determined through the use of a funding formula; applicant organizations do not request a specific grant amount.

Among the overall goals of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund are:

  • to provide general operating support to Philadelphia-based arts and cultural institutions and organizations
  • to advocate for the value of the arts in daily life and their importance to the growth and future of the community
  • to promote arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development in Philadelphia
  • to recognize the contributions of Philadelphia-based organizations, both emerging and established, that have a demonstrated track record of 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
  • to provide accountability and transparency in how PCF funds are managed, adhering to federal and state requirements as well as evolving best practices in grantmaking

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant organization must:

  1. Have an articulated mission that is dedicated to arts and culture. Non-arts and culture organizations that operate an arts and culture program may be eligible to apply for a 1-year Program Grant; organizations are urged to call the Cultural Fund staff for clarification before applying. Arts and culture is defined as creating, preserving and/or exhibiting visual, literary applying. Arts and culture is defined as creating, preserving and/or exhibiting visual, literary
  2. Have its official place of business located in the City of Philadelphia as demonstrated by the address on latest 990 filing, Data Arts Funder Report, website, letterhead and printed public materials. The address of a staff member, board member, or volunteer, or that of a fiscal sponsor, unless the official address of the organization, will not be accepted.
  3. Be incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in good standing OR has contracted with a fiscal sponsor that has been pre-approved by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Unincorporated organizations, such as LLCs, regardless of size, may apply using a fiscal sponsor if they can demonstrate that their organization has a mission dedicated to arts and culture and meets all other criteria.
  4. Present at least 60% of its programming in the City of Philadelphia, thus demonstrating a commitment to provide arts and culture to the residents of the City of Philadelphia.
  5. Have 60% of its current operating budget devoted to arts and culture. If an organization’s budget does not meet this 60% threshold the organization may be eligible to apply for a 1- year Program Grant if they have a specific arts and culture program that meets the other eligibility requirements. Those organizations are asked to call the Philadelphia Cultural Fund office for clarification before applying.
  6. Have programs accessible to the public (provided for a charge or free). Example of ineligible programming: a private library collection of valuable documents not open to the public for study or research.
  7. Have conducted public programming for at least one year.
  8. Have a Governing body. If a 501 (c) (3) organization, has a board of directors; if contracted with a pre-approved fiscal sponsor, has an advisory group, such as an advisory council, board or committee that oversees the operations of the organization.
  9. Have non-discriminatory employment and personnel practices.
  10. Have three or more people that share organizational responsibilities (paid or unpaid).
  11. Have at least one person responsible for ensuring programmatic and fiscal accountability.
  12. Have the capacity to carry out its intended programming goals through the support of staff, board, advisors and/or volunteers (paid or unpaid).
  13. Have a plan or planning process that demonstrates how the organization will achieve its stated mission and vision.
  14. Be in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations including, without limitation, those of the IRS and the Commonwealth of PA.
  15. Have appropriately filed financial statements that are completed within one year of filing the 990 tax return, if required (including 990-EZ). The PA Department of State’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations requires organizations with gross annual contributions of $750,000 or more to file audited financial statements. For more detailed information about filing requirements go to:
  16. Complete and submit a DataArts CDP Funder Report for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. All applicant organizations are required to provide a current CDP Funder Report representing the organization’s operational and program data with their application. See About the Required CDP Funder Report below for specific requirements.

The following are not eligible for Philadelphia Cultural Fund grants:

  • Individual artists
  • Sole proprietorships or other groups that are neither a 501 (c)(3) corporation or operating under contract with a fiscal sponsor that has not been pre-approved by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
  • Religious institutions
  • Agencies and departments of city, state and federal governments
  • Elementary or secondary schools, public, charter or private
  • Colleges and universities, with some exceptions (please speak to Cultural Fund staff before applying). Example exception: an art gallery or performance venue housed within a university that has robust public arts programming, designated staff, an advisory board, discrete budgeting, etc. When eligible, only the budget for the public arts and culture programming (not the budget of the umbrella/parent institution) will be considered for grant amount purposes.
  • Organizations that are a line item allocation in the City’s 2019 General Operating Budget OR have received unrestricted monies, pledges or commitment of monies from any City department in excess of $10,000, cumulatively, between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

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