COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL
In April, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA), and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) created COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL, an emergency support fund focused on the arts and culture sector. COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL will support individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 – $15M) whose operations, work and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL launched with $3.45 million in support, led by a $2.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. OACCE, PCF and GPCA provided seed funding to create the fund and leadership gifts have been received by The Barra Foundation and Wyncote Foundation with additional support received from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as well as Connelly, Independence, Lenfest, and Victory Foundations. A total of $4.3 million has been raised for the relief effort from 26 foundations, corporations and nonprofits, and over 300 individual donors.
Mid-Sized Organizations (budgets of $250,000 to $15 million)
Applications open on Thursday, May 21 at 12 p.m. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m
Arts and culture organizations with annual budgets between $250,000 and $15 million whose operations have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for emergency relief funding through the mid-sized organizations program. This funding will provide $5,000-$45,000 grants to arts and culture organizations in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
Applicants can only submit one request to COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL but may apply for support through any other relief funding available – a list of available resources and funding sources are available at creativephl.org/opportunities and philaculture.org/coronavirus.
Individual Artists and Small Organizations (budgets under $250,000)
Applications for individuals and small organizations are now closed.
This program provided up to $500 for working artists and up to $1,000 for small arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. It was available to Greater Philadelphia cultural organizations with budgets of $250,000 or less and working artists for whom support is urgent and vital to their survival.
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