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Basic Level - Strategies for Success


Basic Level addresses organizational development for ALNAH organizations seeking assistance in the development of a formal board structure, more consistent arts programming, and establishment of 501(c)(3) IRS status.The PCA awards up to $2,500 in non-matching funds for consultants (as assigned by agreement/ consent of the PCA), and up to $5,000 in non-matching funds for programs for a maximum total of $7,000. Eligible expenses include: staff development materials (fiscal management systems, publications, workshops); conference costs (fees, lodging and transportation not to exceed $500); artists’ fees; equipment/facility rental (not to exceed $500); printing; and other needs as determined by the assigned consultants.


The applicant must:
•  Be deeply rooted in and reflective of one or more of these communities: African American, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic and Native American (ALNAH)
•  Show evidence of two years of active arts and cultural programming
•  Be an unincorporated ensemble, artists’ cooperative, organization in need of restructuring, social service, community and/or non-arts organization interested in cultivating professionally staffed arts programs

Funding Restrictions

In general, the PCA does not fund the following:
•  Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 or more per item
•  Activities for which post-secondary academic credit is given
•  Activities that have already been completed
•  Activities that have a religious purpose
•  Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public
•  Performances and exhibitions outside Pennsylvania
•  Cash prizes and awards
•  Benefit activities
•  Hospitality expenses, i.e., receptions, parties, gallery openings
•  Lobbyists’ payments
•  Competitions.

Advisory Panel Review Process

Advisory panels convene every year to review applications and to make recommendations to the Council for support. The advisory panel will apply the following weighted criteria to an applicant’s past and current performance to determine a recommended award amount.

Application Review criteria

Quality of Artistic Product/Process/Service  - 35 points
Access to the Arts  - 35 points
Management  - 30 points

How to Apply

Step 1:  Required online application process
You must apply to the PCA on-line through eGRANT.
Step 2:  Data Collection (financial and statistical) summary
The PACDP form specifically for Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) collects information such as income and expenses, investments, loans, physical capacity, attendance, program activity and staff numbers. This is a separate PACDP form to complete and the PDC Report must be printed to be mailed with the printed eGRANT.
Step 3:  Print, sign, and mail
The completed application must be submitted online, printed, signed by the necessary members of your organizations and combined with the printed PACDP form that is for the Preserving Diverse Cultures Program.
Mail the completed application to the following address:
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Preserving Diverse Cultures Division
Room 216, Finance Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120