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Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Entry to Program Stream 

April 29, 2021 Update from the PCA on PPA Project Stream:

Due to fiscal impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Council made the difficult decision to place PPA Project Stream on hold, as of June 2020. In the ensuing months, Council and staff reviewed all PCA offerings to ensure alignment with the Council's strategic goal to strengthen communities through the arts, and to provide meaningful investments that support the creative sector and align it for a pivotal role in the recovery of communities across the commonwealth.

In line with this, we are pleased to provide an update regarding the resumption of grants available to organizations that conduct ongoing arts programming for their communities, but do not receive support through PPA Program Stream or Arts Organizations & Arts Programs (AOAP).

Entry to Program Stream is a new funding opportunity that aims to provide valuable access to funding for small arts organizations and programs across the commonwealth. Application guidelines will be available in the fall of 2021. The application deadline will be February 15, 2022.

About Entry to Program Stream

Entry to Program Stream will offer a new pathway for small arts organizations and programs across the commonwealth to receive ongoing, unrestricted funds. Entry to Program Stream will provide general operating support, which helps organizations strengthen their core capacity, engage in critical planning activities, and pay expenses related to staffing, business functions, and programming.

General operating support has always been a high value category of funding for nonprofits. As a result of the pandemic, this is all the more true. This type of funding better supports long-term organizational sustainability versus one-time project support, which comes with significantly more restrictions on eligible uses and activities.

Small Arts Organizations Strengthen Their Communities

The vast majority of nonprofit arts organizations are small (annual revenue less than $200,000), are often overlooked by grant makers, and frequently have less access to resources in a variety of forms.

From small towns to large cities, small arts nonprofits create valuable experiences, products, services, jobs, and help build community identity across the commonwealth. Small arts nonprofits are often the means by which diverse and local arts offerings emerge, develop, and take hold. This is especially important in communities with limited arts infrastructure or programming.

Communities benefit from small arts nonprofits because, typically, the art is created and experienced by and for the community it is intended to serve. This contributes to community identity, highlights the value of the creative sector, and helps generate revenue to support the local living economy.

Entry to Program Stream Description

Entry to Program Stream is the point of entry to ongoing support for arts organizations and programs that have annual revenue less than $200,000.

For more information contact your regional PPA Partner or the PCA's Director of Creative Opportunities.

How Entry to Program Stream Will Work

Entry to Program Stream will be available annually, statewide, and administered regionally by PPA Partners. Eligible organizations will apply to Entry to Program Stream with the aim of eventually qualifying for Program Stream, which provides ongoing, flexible support at a higher average grant amount. Organizations may qualify for Program Stream after consistently receiving funds through Entry to Program Stream, receiving good panel assessments, and fulfilling grant award requirements. Entry to Program Stream is aligned with the Program Stream application deadline in February and Term of Agreement dates.

Nonprofit organizations that conduct ongoing arts programming or services and previously applied to PPA Project Stream are eligible.

Eligible Applicants

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Units of government
  • Schools
  • Departments of colleges and universities
  • Un-incorporated groups that conduct ongoing arts programming may apply through a fiscal sponsor

Note: Applicants cannot also be applicants in AOAP, PPA Program Stream, or Entry Track.

For more information about Entry to Program Stream, please contact your regional PPA Partner or Sarah Merritt, PCA's Director of Creative Communities (phone: 717-787-1521 | email:

About the PPA Partners

PPA is a p
artnership between local service organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Operating in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, PPA re-grants PCA funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities.