NW PA Arts Recovery Grants For Organizations

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As part of the Northwest Pennsylvania Arts Recovery Grant Program, Erie Arts & Culture offers a new funding opportunity to non-profit cultural organizations 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 arts organizations 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 a wide variety of arts organizations. Through this project, EAC will provide operating support to regional organizations as they mitigate the impact 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 under-resourced in the past by federal arts funding; and (b) supporting a wide range of arts activities developed in a variety of local settings.

EAC will competitively award ARP funds to eligible arts and cultural non-profit organizations. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, maintain day-to-day operations of arts organizations, and assist in the sector's response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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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 arts organizations 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.
  • Award ARP funds to eligible arts and cultural non-profit organizations to help support jobs in the arts sector and maintain day-to-day operations.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • 501(c)3 non-profit organization or federally-recognized Indian tribal governments whose primary focus is providing high-quality arts experiences including arts engagement activities and/or arts education
  • Note:  for-profit entities, fiscal sponsorships and fiscal agents are not eligible applicants
  • Organizations whose principal office/activities are located in Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, or Lawrence county
  • Organizations with annual operating budget less than $500,00
  • Additional requirements can be found in the grant guidelines [section below]

WHAT KINDS OF ACTIVITIES ARE FUNDED?

The Northwestern PA Arts Recovery is an operating grant, and applicants may direct funds to expenses that are part of the operations of the organization, including:

  • Salary support
  • Fees/stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel in support of day to day operations
  • Rent and utilities
  • Costs associated with health and safety supplies
  • Indirect costs (e.g., independent contractor or 1099 personnel fees)
  • Marketing and promotion costs associated with day-to-day operations
  • Additional details and restrictions can be found in the grant guidelines [section below]

HOW MUCH ARE THE AWARDS?

Applicants may request grant amounts between $2,500 and $5,000. Grants are limited to one (1) request per applicant.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

  1. EAC will host an optional workshop on how to effectively submit grant materials (May 2, 2022 at 7pm)
  2. Organizations will complete the full application, (more detailed application requirements can be found in the grant guidelines.
  3. Upon review by a panel of artists, art administrators, and community leaders, grants will be awarded and funding dispersed.

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES?

This is a one-time grant.

Cycle 1:

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

Cycle 2:

Applications open: July 1, 2022
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

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

Download the Guidelines here (pdf)

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

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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