Funding for Individual Artists

Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts (PPA) Project Stream Grants

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants provide funding for the arts through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts. Erie Arts & Culture is one of thirteen agencies which administer PPA funding. We oversee the re-granting of these dollars to individual artists, community groups and organizations in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties.

PPA Project Stream Grants provide up to $2,500 to eligible individuals, community groups, and nonprofit organizations to conduct arts projects which have a significant public component.

About PPA Project Stream Grants 

Online Application

Deadline: June 20, 2019 by 5:00 pm

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Artist Fellowships

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, United Arts Fund, 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. The current cycle is open to emerging artists age 19 years or older who are current residents of Erie County, PA. Please see the Artist Fellowship Guidelines & FAQs for additional information.

2019 Artist Fellowship Guidelines 

Online Application 

Deadline: September 6, 2019 by 11:30 pm

No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Artist Fellowship awards will be announced by November 30, 2019.


Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships in Folk & Traditional Arts are grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts which support the learning of traditional arts within cultural communities across the state. Each grant award provides funding to a partnership between a master traditional artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling them to work together to share and develop advanced techniques or repertoire.  

Apprenticeships grants are offered annually in both performing or craft traditions. Artists who receive the award are also profiled on the statewide Folk Art Infrastructure website.

About Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeship Application 

Deadline: April 22, 2019