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PCA Grant Programs

Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance makes grant funds available to eligible organizations in a seven county area through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, and local arts organizations. Through this partnership grant funds are distributed to arts organizations across the state. A total of 13 organizations administer PPA and serve all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. PRAA is the partner organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, serving the counties of Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland. State government funding for the arts comes through an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

There are two different streams of funding available through PPA:

Project Stream: Offers opportunities for arts organizations, community-based groups and individual artists to apply for up to $2,500 in funding to support performance activities, exhibitions, and other arts projects that are presented to the public. Funded events must take place between September 1 and August 31 of the grant year. The deadline for grant submission is in late June. Grant applicants apply directly to PRAA for these grant funds.

PLEASE NOTE: The Project Stream grant for the 2018-19 year will be open in mid-April 2018. There will be a new site for the grant application, and the eGrant site formerly used will no longer be available. Access information for the new grant site will be posted here when it is available.

Program Stream: Provides ongoing support to arts organizations and arts programs. Organizations are invited to apply for Program Stream funds after a successful track record of several years in Project Stream. Features of this program are: Full application every two years; simple interim application in off years; an application based on past performance; and formula-funding based on budget size.

For more information on these grant funds, please contact us.

Latest Grant News

Program Stream Organizations: Grant checks for the 2017-18 year were mailed in early February.

Project Stream Applicants: For the 2018-19 grant year the application will be completed on a new grant site. Access information will be made available by mid-April. 

Program and Project Stream Organizations: Please be sure that you have already saved your grant applications from previous years. The old eGrant system will no longer be available to you after May 1. You will not be able to access previous years’ documents.

 Project Stream: To learn more about the grant awardees from the 2017-18 year, check out the list here. You can see photos of the 2016 Grant Awards Ceremony here.


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Learn More about the Project Stream Grant Application Process

Applications are submitted electronically via the PA Council on the Arts website, where you can also find the PPA grant guidelines. To learn more about the application process you can view this webinar which was created by the PA Council on the Arts.

About Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts

In 1996 the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) initiated the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), a new regionalized funding program in which funds are re-granted to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities. PRAA was invited to be one of the four original partners in this new initiative. PRAA worked with consultants and the PCA to design and implement the re-granting application, panel review, and management of grant funds. Currently there are now thirteen local organizations serving as PPA project managers and this program serves all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Since its creation PPA has demonstrated enormous success in achieving the PCA’s mission and goals.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Goals:

Expanding constituent access to the arts by (a) making arts programs available to communities that may have been underserved in the past by state arts funding, and (b) supporting a wide variety of arts activities in the community, developed in a variety of local settings
Encouraging and supporting local decision-making in re-granting of state arts dollars
Increasing awareness of and advocacy for government support and funding of the arts at the local and state levels
Enabling the PCA to provide increased assistance to its broad constituency throughout the state
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