Restore The Philadelphia Cultural Fund!
The City of Philadelphia will adopt a FY21 budget on June 25, 2020 that provides The Philadelphia Cultural Fund with $1 million; a reduction of $2.14 million reflecting a 68% cut.
We understand that in challenging times there must be shared sacrifice, and we also know that our city’s cultural sector is vital to the fabric of our city.
In March of this year, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund awarded grants totaling approximately $2.9 million to 349 Philadelphia arts and culture organizations. This deep funding reduction will result in a deep reduction in grants to the community.
As Philadelphia emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, the arts must be here for Philadelphians. And PCF is how the City of Philadelphia supports the arts.
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit created in 1991 created to be the mechanism by which the City supports the arts. Grants are made from a City budget allocation to PCF and provide general operating support for hundreds of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. 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.
We will do our very best to restore full funding to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund so the arts organizations throughout the city are supported. We will provide updates as we work through the ramifications of the revised FY21 budget.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 23, 2020