Erie Arts & Culture Launches Two Programs to Support Local Creative Entrepreneurs and Non-profits

Wednesday Nov 24th, 2021

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Today, Erie Arts & Culture announced the availability of two new grant programs developed to support both creatives and non-profit organizations across the commonwealth-- The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program and Entry to Program Stream.

The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program matches eligible creative entrepreneurs with existing, free, local, small business consulting services and financial resources ranging from $500 to $2,000 to help them grow their businesses, audiences, and revenue.

Entry to Program Stream offers a new pathway for small arts organizations and programs to receive ongoing, unrestricted funding. The grant provides general operating support, which helps organizations strengthen their core capacity, engage in critical planning activities, and pay expenses related to staffing, business functions, and programming.

When will applications open?

Erie Arts & Culture will begin accepting applications for both programs on 11/29/21. Applications for Entry to Program Stream will be accepted until February 15, 2022. Applications for The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program will be accepted on a rolling basis. Funding decisions will be made on a quarterly basis, with the first decision starting in April 2022.

Virtual information sessions will be held in the coming weeks to address questions around both of these programs. 

More details

“Erie Arts & Culture strongly believes that creative entrepreneurs are leaders of positive change and critical economic growth for their communities,” shares Laurel Mitchell, Director of Public Impact for Erie Arts & Culture. “Furthermore, we believe that access to general operating support helps to pave the way for success and growth for the smaller non-profit organizations within our region.Through the support of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, we are thrilled to have new ways to aid creatives and non-profits as they launch and build their businesses.”

The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program and Entry to Program Stream are funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency under the Office of the Governor, and administered regionally by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), PCA’s statewide network of re-granting partners. Erie Arts & Culture serves as the PCA’s PPA partner organization for Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties.  

Details about the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program can be found here.

Details about Entry to Program Stream can be found here.

Media contact: Laurel Mitchell, Director of Public Impact, 814.452.3427 x102 or laurel@erieartsandculture.org

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