Funding for Organizations

Erie Arts & Culture (EAC) Grants

Erie Arts & Culture Grants are designed to support a variety of arts activities in Erie County to help strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the region and enrich the lives of our residents and visitors through arts and culture.

EAC Project Grants

Project grants provide up to $5,000 in financial support to nonprofit organizations in Erie County for existing and innovative arts projects. Proposals for Erie Arts & Culture Project Grants are accepted once a year and awards are made possible by contributions made to the Erie Arts Endowment, United Arts Fund, and special giving events like Erie Gives Day. Proposals for these grants are accepted once a year, and complete proposals are reviewed and scored by a volunteer panel based on three criteria: Quality of Project Design, Community Engagement & Impact, and Management.

Erie Arts & Culture Project Grant Guidelines 

Online Application 

Deadline: October 2019

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EAC Partner/Operating Support Grants (Invitation Only)

In 2017, the Erie Arts & Culture Board of Directors invited the following key arts and cultural organizations to participate as Partners and receive Operating Support Grants for a three-year period ending December 31, 2019: Erie Art MuseumErie PhilharmonicErie PlayhouseexpERIEnce Children’s MuseumFlagship Niagara League and Erie County Historical Society.

Operating Support Grants are funded by contributions made to the annual Arts & Culture Campaign. Awards range from $30,000 to $200,000, and are for use towards operating expenses. The minimum award a Partner may receive is $10,000 per year, and the maximum award amount per year is equal to 5% of their operating budget.

The objectives of the EAC Partner/Operating Support Grants are to promote a shared vision for arts and culture in Erie County, promote best practices within our sector, build public understanding and will to support and participate in arts and cultural activities, and mobilize resources to support our work.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) 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

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

PPA Program Stream Grants (Invitation Only)

PPA Program Stream Grants offer ongoing support to arts organizations and arts programs with annual budgets less than $200,000 and an established history of PCA support. Applicants must be invited to apply to this stream of funding.

About PPA Program Stream Grants 

Online Application 

Deadline: January/February 2020