Artist Fellowships / Erie Arts & Culture

Each year, Erie Arts & Culture is pleased to make available Artist Fellowships of up to $6,000 to individual artists living and working in Erie County, PA for unrestricted use. The program is designed to support the ongoing growth and development of Erie County’s creative community. Funding for this program is made possible by contributions made to the Erie Arts Endowment, Combined Campaign for Arts and Culture and special giving events like Erie Gives Day.

Artist Fellowships are not project grants but are instead intended to fund an artist's vision as displayed across a single criterion of work. For the 2018 cycle, applications will be accepted from Performing and Language Arts disciplines only. Please see the FAQs sheet for a listing of Performing and Language Arts disciplines.

Fellowships will not be awarded to interpretative artists such as dancers, actors or musicians who solely perform the work of others. Applicants must be the originators of the work; i.e. choreographers or playwrights.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications must be submitted online by 11:30 pm July 1, 2018. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Artist Fellowship awards will be announced by November 30, 2018.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the award, applicants must be 25 years old or older, and be a current resident of Erie County, PA for at least the two consecutive years prior to the application deadline. Applicants must neither be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program of any kind at the time of the application deadline nor may they be a member of Erie Arts & Culture’s board of directors, subcommittees or staff, or be an immediate relative of a member of Erie Arts & Culture’s board of directors, subcommittees or staff.

For additional information, download the following documents:

*Please note that Erie Arts & Culture will not accept hard copies of applications. Applications must be submitted online at by 11:30 pm July 1, 2018 for consideration. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Click here to begin the online application.


The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture.
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