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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey Organizations for Arts
Education, Creation, Presentation, and General Operating Support

Creative Communities - Arts and Culture Hubs, Arts Education and Exposure, and Arts Presentation and Art Making

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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey organizations for arts education, general operating support, and arts creation and presentation in eligible regions. The purpose of funding is to support local arts and culture organizations, provide children in grades K-12 with exposure to the arts, and encourage projects or programs that emphasize diverse and culturally relevant art produced in an inclusive and equitable way. Organizations located in and programs taking place throughout the six-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Camden, NJ) are eligible for funding, though most funding will focus on the City of Philadelphia.

Arts and Culture grantmaking strategies support:
Arts and Culture Hubs
  • Provides unrestricted general operating support to organizations whose missions are rooted in arts and culture and seek to achieve greater racial and economic equity in their operations and programming.
Arts Education and Exposure

  • Primarily provides funding to support programming; however, some activities may be eligible for planning support. Activities should be focused on supporting youth from low-income households.
  • In-school partnerships, grades K-6, and community-based arts training, grades 7-12, that provide an entry to the arts for young people and help develop skills that reflect the cultural diversity of communities as well as students’ own cultural and racial identities.

    Arts Presentation and Art Making
    • Provides support for projects and programs of any artistic discipline. It supports projects and programs geared toward greater equity of access, ensuring more people feel welcome and a part of the arts and culture experiences in the region, because of how they are created and presented. The strategy may also provide planning support for projects or programs in their early development stages.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 179167

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Arts Presentation and Art Making grantees that are not eligible for general operating support through the Arts and Culture Hubs strategy may be awarded up to an additional 10% to cover overhead costs, not to exceed $100,000.

    Term of Contract:

    Typically, an Arts and Culture Hubs grant is awarded for three years (36 months).

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Arts and Culture Hubs applicants:
    - May represent any artistic discipline.
    - Must be incorporated as a 501(c)(3)
    - Have broad national, regional, or deep community importance
    - Generate high-quality work in terms of strong artistic skill and cultural expertise that acknowledges and reflects the participants and audiences

    Not Funded: Fiscally sponsored projects, government agencies, departments, or offices

    Current grantees under the Core Support for Arts and Culture strategy will be eligible for the new Arts and Culture Hubs strategy once an organization has less than 12 months remaining on its current Core Support grant. The Foundation will not provide organizations with multiple grants for unrestricted operating support in the same fiscal year.

    Arts Education and Exposure
    Not Funded:
    - Nonprofits that are not direct providers of professional arts education programming
    - Support directly to early childcare providers, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools
    - Scholarships for individuals
    - Individual teaching artists
    - For-profit arts education providers
    - Arts organizations without professional teaching artists on staff
    - Organizations without a recent history of at least two consecutive years of programming are not eligible for project support funding, although can apply for planning support
    - Arts education programming in which the vast majority of participants (over 75%) are not young people coming from low-income households
    - Arts therapy programs

    The Foundation will not consider current grantees under the Arts Education strategy for the new Arts Education and Exposure strategy until an organization has less than 12 months remaining on its existing Arts Education grant. The Foundation will not provide organizations with multiple grants for the exact same program in the same fiscal year or same school year for school partnership programs.

    Arts Presentation and Arts Making
    Not Funded:
    - Individual artists
    - Art projects focused on young audiences and with a goal of sustained arts learning; these projects should review Arts Education and Exposure for potential eligibility
    - Projects that do not pay artists/creators for their involvement
    - Projects that do not involve artists centrally in the design and conception of the projects
    - Film projects that are not supporting filmmaking as an art form or are primarily for instructional or educational purposes
    - The strategy does not provide capital support for permanent art installations that do not have plans for ongoing maintenance.

    It is Foundation policy not to fund more than 25% of an organization’s operating budget. The Foundation may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis under limited circumstances, subject to approval by its board of directors.

    Pre-Application Information:

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all Creative Communities funding strategies. Once an application has been reviewed (about four to six weeks following submission), a member of the Creative Communities staff will be in touch to share whether or not an application can move forward, and the timeline for further review of the request.

    Please adhere to the following application submission deadlines if you would like your proposal to be eligible for consideration at a specific board meeting. However, review at a given board meeting date is not guaranteed.

    Timeline To Consider When Applying:

    Applications Submitted No Later Than: April 1, 2022
    Staff Communicates Status Update By: May 13, 2022
    For Earliest Possible Scheduled Board Review: July 22, 2022

    Applications Submitted No Later Than: June 30, 2022
    Staff Communicates Status Update By: August 12, 2022
    For Earliest Possible Scheduled Board Review: November 4, 2022

    All funding proposals above $110,000 follow the schedule above. Funding requests at or below $110,000 are not required to be considered at a board meeting, and thus do not follow the deadlines shared above.

    If you plan to apply through a fiscal sponsor, it is required that you contact the Creative Communities staff person assigned to the strategy you will be approaching at least one month prior to applying.

    Grant development is an iterative process between the Foundation and applicant organization and may take at least four to five months before a request is considered for approval.


    How to Apply:

    Contact Information:

    Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

    Apply Online:

    If you would like to find a time to speak with a Program Officer before applying, please email the appropriate staff member. Email communication is preferred and often the quickest, but if you do not have access to email, please call 215-988-1830 to be directed to the appropriate Creative Communities team member, listed below:

    Arts and Culture Hubs: Lindsay Tucker So

    Arts Education and Exposure: Hillary Murray

    Arts Presentation and Art Making: Lindsay Tucker So and Hillary Murray

    William Penn Foundation
    Two Logan Square, 11th Floor
    100 North 18th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-2757


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    USA: New Jersey: Camden County;   Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties

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