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Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Program Stream

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)