Opportunities for Organizations

Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Erie Arts & Culture administers grants annually to support projects and programs facilitated by nonprofit organizations in the region. Funding support for our grantmaking operations come from two primary sources, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and distributions from the Erie Arts Endowment. Applications for each grant program are accepted at different times throughout the calendar year. Applications are reviewed and scored by a volunteer panel who take into consideration the quality of the project design, proposed community engagement and projected impact, and how the project will be managed.

Erie Arts & Culture Ignite Arts Grants

(Formerly Project Grants)

Erie Arts & Culture Ignite Arts Grants provide up to $2,500 in financial support to nonprofit organizations in Erie County for arts-based projects. IGNITE ARTS

Erie Arts & Culture Ignite Arts Grant Guidelines 

Online Application 

Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 6, 2020.

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Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants provide funding throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support efforts to provide all Pennsylvanians with access to artistic programming and/or arts services. PPA Grants are funded through public dollars, with funds provided at the state level by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and at the national level from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Erie Arts & Culture is one of thirteen agencies throughout the state that administer PPA funding. Nonprofit organizations in Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties are eligible to apply for PPA funding through Erie Arts & Culture.

PPA Project Stream Grants

PPA Project Stream Grants provide up to $2,500 to eligible nonprofit organizations. For a project to be eligible it must be an arts activity conducted for the benefit of the public.

About PPA Project Stream Grants 

Online Application

Deadline: June 2020

PPA Program Stream Grants 

PPA Program Stream Grants offer ongoing support to arts programs of nonprofit organizations that have an annual budget of less than $200,000. Nonprofit organizations eligible to receive PPA Program Stream Grants have an established history of being awarded PPA Project Stream Grants for three or more years. Once a nonprofit organization is eligible they are invited to apply to this stream of funding.

About PPA Program Stream Grants 

Online Application 

Deadline: January/February 2020