NW PA Arts Recovery Grants for Artists

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As part of the Northwest Pennsylvania Arts Recovery Grant Program, Erie Arts & Culture offers a new funding opportunity to artists living and working in Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties. This program is made possible through a subgranting award that EAC received from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan. The grants are intended to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are intended to help support artists and the broader arts and culture sector in its response to and recovery from the pandemic.

EAC’s awards will impact a broad constituency, and we encourage applications from artists of all disciplines. Through this project, EAC provides support to regional artists as they mitigate the impact of the pandemic while also encouraging the expansion of community access to the arts by (a) demystifying artistic practice and increasing the accessibility of arts programs to communities—especially communities that may have been underserved in the past by federal arts funding; and (b) supporting a wide range of arts activities developed in a variety of local settings.

EAC's Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Grant Program will provide artistic fees and stipends to artists for the production of artistic workshops or presentations that are free and accessible to community stakeholders. 

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Overview

 Northwestern PA Arts Recovery is a new grant program offered by Erie Arts & Culture that will:

  • Distribute American Rescue Plan funds to local artists and support the broader arts and culture sector in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Expand community access to the arts by (a) demystifying artistic practice and increasing the accessibility of arts programs to communities—especially communities that may have been underserved in the past by federal arts funding; and (b) supporting a wide range of arts activities developed in a variety of local settings.
  • Provide stipends to individual artists for the production of community-based workshops or presentations that are accessible to a wide audience.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Artists or cultural producers/makers in any field of the arts who are actively creating, curating, or producing work and have demonstrated artistic excellence and merit in their practice
  • Artists who are at least 18 years of age and reside in Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, or Lawrence county
  • Additional requirements can be found in the grant guidelines [link]

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS ARE FUNDED?

Artists will be granted funds for the purposes of leading community-based workshops, demonstrations, or presentations, including, but not limited to:

  • Artist talks: the artist discusses their work or another topic related to their discipline
  • Workshops: the artist leads community members in the production of individual or collective art-making
  • Educational residencies: the artist collaborates with educators or community leaders to use their discipline to teach core curriculum subjects or address critical issues relevant to the hosting community
  • Presentations may be single events, or multi-day residencies or series, and may take place in-person or virtually

HOW MUCH ARE THE AWARDS?

Applicants may request grant amounts between $750 and $2,500. Grants are limited to one (1) request per applicant.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

  1. Artists submit a Letter of Interest to Erie Arts & Culture (EAC), answering a few questions about their goals for the project
  2. EAC will respond with suggestions and feedback to help make the application stronger
  3. EAC will host an optional workshop on how to effectively submit grant materials (May 2, 2022 at 7pm)
  4. Artists will complete the full application [link], (more detailed application requirements can be found in the grant guidelines [link])
  5. Upon review by a panel of artists, art administrators, and community leaders, grants will be awarded and artists can begin scheduling their workshops

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES?

This is a one-time grant.

Cycle 1:

Applications open: April 1, 2022
Letter of Interest: April 30, 2022, 5pm EST
Application deadline:  May 31, 2022, 5pm EST
Notification: on or before June 30, 2022

Cycle 2:

Applications open: July 1, 2022
Letter of Interest: July 31, 2022, 5pm EST
Application deadline: August 31, 2022, 5pm EST
Notification: on or before September 30, 2022

It is EAC’s goal to extend grants as rapidly as possible to assist with rapid recovery.  Therefore, Cycle 2 will be offered if and only if unawarded grant funds remain after Cycle 1; artists will not receive awards in more than one cycle.

Grant Activity Period: July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023

Please note that no extensions will be granted to application or grant activity periods.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

Visit Frequently Asked Questions or the Contact Section below to reach out to Northwestern PA Arts Recovery administration with specific questions.

Erie Arts & Culture's Northwestern PA Arts Recovery program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

 

For all details about this grant, please read the full guidelines below.

Download the Guidelines here (pdf)

To view our Frequently Asked Questions, please download the pdf below:

Download the FAQ (pdf)

 

 

Application

Letter of Interest Form:

LOI Form

Ready to apply? Please use the link below to apply via Submittable:

Application

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Questions?

Contact Ethan Hayden, Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Program Officer, with any questions about applying for this opportunity that are not addressed in Frequency Asked Questions.

ethan@erieartsandculture.org
814-452-3427

Schedule a time to meet with Ethan here

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