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Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Program Stream

Learn more about the PCA's Open Application for Regional Partnerships

The PCA works with its PA Partners in the Arts (PPA) to re-grant funds across Pennsylvania. 

Access a full list of the PPA Regional Partners.

PPA Program Stream Description
Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Program Stream supports qualified applicants who provide artistic programming and/or arts services in Pennsylvania. PPA is a partnership between local 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. 

PPA Program Stream Goals
  • Expanding constituent access to the arts by (a) making arts programs available to communities that may have been underserved in thepast by state arts funding, and (b) supporting a wide variety of arts activities in communities, developed in a variety of local settings. 
  • Encouraging and supporting local decision making in regranting of arts dollars.
  • Increasing awareness of and advocacy for government support and funding for the arts at the local and state levels. 
  • Enabling the PCA to provide increased assistance to its broad constituency throughout the state.


Note: Please see current funding year application guidelines for the most up-to-date eligibilty criteria.

Funding Restrictions
In general, the PCA does not fund the following, nor can the match for PCA funds be used for these expenses:
  • Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 per item or more;
  • Activities for which 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;
  • Payments to lobbyists;
  • Competitions.

How to Apply

Select and read the appropriate application guidelines (below) for in-depth directions on applying to PPA Program Stream. Note: All existing Program Stream organizations should use the interim application guidelines; all transitioning organizations should use the full application guidelines.

2020-2021 PPA Program Stream - Full Application (PDF)

2020-2021 PPA Program Stream - Interim Application (PDF)

For application due dates, please reference the calendar listed here

Need help?
  • For Narrative and attachment questions, contact your regional PPA Partner.
  • For technical and login questions, contact DCED's customer service at: 800-379-7448. 

Appeals Process

PCA General Provisions (PDF)

PCA Additional Terms and Conditions (PDF)