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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
PPA Program Stream supports qualified applicants who provide artistic programming and/or art services in Pennsylvania.
The features of Program Stream are:
  • Full application every three years, interim application in the off years;
  • Application based on past two years' performance;
  • Formula funding.


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.

2019-20 PPA Program Stream - Full Application (PDF)

2019-20 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 desk at: 866-466-3972 

Appeals Process

PCA General Provisions (PDF)

PCA Additional Terms and Conditions (PDF)