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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts Programming

Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF)


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 - For specific deadlines according to region, see the Pre-Application Information field below. Save

Grant Description
Grants of $5,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and government agencies for arts programming. Funding is intended for flexible funding that addresses the needs of arts organizations. Eligible uses of grant funds include but are not limited to programming, operating, and administrative expenses.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The CSFF is designed to address the changing needs of dynamic PA arts organizations with average annual revenue between $10,000 and $200,000.

Applicants must:
• Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, or a unit of local government (counties, cities, boroughs, townships, and municipal authorities).
• Be located in Pennsylvania, except for nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations acting as fiscal sponsors on behalf of an unincorporated group or not-for-profit limited liability company (LLC) that is located in Pennsylvania.
• Be registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations, except for local governments and fiscal sponsors.
• Have a history of at least TWO years of consistent arts programming in Pennsylvania.
• Have an annual average arts revenue of $10,000 to $200,000. PCA determines revenue size by a two-year average of Total Revenue of an organization’s Form 990-Department of the TreasuryInternal Revenue Service.

Applicants that previously applied in Program Stream or Entry to Program Stream may now apply to this program if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Unincorporated groups or Pennsylvania not-for-profit limited liability companies (LLCs) must apply through a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that acts as a fiscal sponsor.

Individuals and LLCs with fewer than two organizers/members are not eligible to apply.

Pre-K -12 public, private and parochial schools including all charter schools are NOT eligible.

Grant funds cannot be used for any of the following:
• Activities outside the activity period of the grant.
• Activities that have a religious purpose.
• Payments to lobbyists.
• Cash prizes and awards.
• Benefit activities.
• Hospitality expenses (i.e., receptions, parties, gallery openings).
• Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 or more.
• Competitions.
• Performances and exhibitions not available to the public.

Pre-Application Information
Application Dates:
- Region 1: Erie Arts and Culture (Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren): July 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023
- Region 2: Elk County Council on the Arts (Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, Potter): June 1, 2023 - August 1, 2023
- Region 3: Community Giving Foundation (Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga): June 1, 2023 - July 6, 2023
- Region 4: NEIU 19 (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne,
Wyoming): August 1, 2023 - September 1, 2023
- Region 5: Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton): August 7, 2023 - September 18, 2023
- Region 6: Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia): June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
- Region 7: Berks Arts Council (Berks, Lancaster, Schuylkill): June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
- Region 8: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon): June 1, 2023 - September 1, 2023
- Region 9: Cultural Alliance of York (Adams, Franklin, Fulton, York): June 1, 2023 - July 14, 2023
- Region 10: Community Partnerships RC&D (Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union): June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023
- Region 11: Centre Foundation (Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon): June 6, 2023 - July 27, 2023
- Region 12: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland): July 1, 2023 - August 1, 2023
- Region 13: United Way of Clarion (Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson): July 1, 2023 - August 15, 2023
- Region 14: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington): July 1, 2023 - August 15, 2023

One application per applicant per year may be submitted.

All grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis in cash.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant amounts will be $5,000 per applicant.

Term of Contract
January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

For general questions about the PCA’s PPA partnership, contact Amanda Lovell at

For additional information email the contacts on the application cycle document in Supporting Documents.

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