What is the Neighborhood Assistance Program?
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is taking applications from businesses interested in participating in the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax relief program. The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 program is June 28, 2019, at 5:00 PM.
This program encourages businesses to invest in projects that improve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. A tax credit of up to 55% can be awarded. In order to qualify, projects must address one of the following categories:
- Affordable housing
- Community services
- Crime prevention
- Job training
- Neighborhood assistance
The maximum allowable contribution for a project is $500,000.
Take Advantage of this Program by Making a Charitable Contribution to Erie Arts & Culture:
In 2017 and 2018, Erie Arts & Culture received charitable donations from Pennsylvania based businesses that qualified for NAP tax credits. We use these donations to bridge community and school assets and bring exceptional cultural experiences to youth and families in Erie County.
If you'd like to learn more about the NAP tax credit program or you are interested in partnering with Erie Arts & Culture on a project, please contact Patrick Fisher, [email protected].
In fiscal year 18-19, Erie Arts & Culture secured two of the twenty-six approved project funds for the northwest region of Pennsylvania provided through NAP.
The first project fund was directed to our Arts In Education program. It was supported with donations received from UPMC Health Plan and Northwest Bank. Through this project, Erie Arts & Culture collaborated with Erie’s Public Schools to support arts experiences for middle school students. These experiences included teaching artist residencies, in-school arts performances, field trips to cultural institutions, and a day sail on the U.S. Brig Niagara. Through these direct experiences, we nourished young imaginations and assisted in cultivating the critical thinking, communication, and innovation skills that are essential in the modern workforce.
A culminating event celebrating the students and their experiences is scheduled to take place on May 23rd at Strong Vincent Middle School.
The second project fund was directed to our New Horizons initiative. It was supported with donations received from Erie Insurance. This project involved contracting MenajERIE Studio, a female owned film production company, to record the stories of Erie citizens as they spoke about their lives and what they envision for Erie's future. At least once a month in 2019, these videos will be projected in public spaces throughout the urban core. This initiative provides Erie Arts & Culture with opportunities to engage with a broader community and learn more about their needs and wants.