Creative Sector Flex Fund

The Creative Sector Flex Fund provides $5,000 in flexible use funding for arts organizations located in Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties with average annual revenues between $10,000-$200,000.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is excited to introduce a new grant program, the Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF), for the 2023-2024 grant year. The CSFF is designed to address the changing needs of dynamic PA arts organizations.

This grant program incorporates the current needs of the field by offering grantees the flexibility to use $5,000 grants in ways that ensure the most significant impact for their organizations and communities.

Eligible uses of funds are flexible, including the support of applicants’ administrative, programmatic, and project-related expenses.

Please note: The PCA has retired Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts’ (PPA) Entry to Program Stream, and Program Stream grant programs. The decision to retire these programs resulted from the PCA’s consideration of conversations, feedback, observations, insights, research, and data review with state and industry leaders, panelists, grantees, and community members. The goal of this retirement is to enable the PCA to provide a
funding avenue that better aligns with industry trends and the goals of their strategic plan.

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How to Apply

Download the guidelines for the 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund (PDF)

Creative Sector Flex Fund Timeline

  • Application Opens - July 1 - August 31
  • Grant Cycle - January - December 2024

If your organization is not eligible for the Creative Sector Flex Fund, please visit the PCA’s Apply for a Grant page, for additional information on opportunities that may suit the needs of your organization.

Apply here via Submittable

Application Fields



Required Documents - Samples


IRS 501C3 Determination Letter SAMPLE

Form 990 SAMPLE

Certificate of Organization-Charitable Organization SAMPLE


For Current PPA Entry to Program and Program Stream Grantees

Please know that your organization’s 2022-2023 Entry to Program Stream or Program Stream grant will not be impacted by this change. Please continue to communicate with your regional PPA partner regarding final report due dates and procedures.

We thank you for the value and impact that your art organization provides to the communities that you serve, and we encourage you to explore the guidelines for the Creative Sector Flex Fund, as you may find that this program is a great fit for your organization and programs.

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Please contact Casey Corritore, Program Officer of Capacity Building: [email protected].

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