City of Philadelphia Accepting Applications for $1M Illuminate the Arts Grant

City of Philadelphia Accepting Applications for $1M Illuminate the Arts Grant

This Deadline Expired: Friday, May 28, 2021

Illuminate the Arts Grant
Opens May 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Deadline for Submission: May 28th, 2021

The Illuminate the Arts Grants are a means to help sustain and stimulate the recovery of Philadelphia’s arts and culture community, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $1 million will be distributed to Philadelphia’s individual artists, small and mid-size nonprofit arts organizations, and small creative enterprises. The grant seeks to financially uplift Philadelphia’s creative sector and support disadvantaged communities, particularly Philadelphia’s Black and Brown communities, that have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Created by City Councilmembers Isaiah Thomas and Katherine Gilmore Richardson, the funds for the Illuminate the Arts Grants came from City Council’s New Normal Budget Act as an investment to address racial disparities in the City of Philadelphia. The Illuminate the Arts Grants will be distributed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy with support from the Arts & Culture Task Force.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must live and operate in Philadelphia county. The Illuminate the Arts Grant will support:
Individual artists (with a total annual income of $60,000 or less) can apply for a grant of $1,000.
Small nonprofit arts organizations (operating budgets of $100,000 or less) can apply for grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000.
Mid-size nonprofit arts organizations (operating budgets between $101,000-$500,000) can apply for grants ranging from $10,000-$20,000.
Small creative enterprises (operating budgets less than $500,000) can apply for grants ranging from $2,500-$15,000.
This will be a competitive grant with more eligible applicants than the $1M Illuminate the Arts Grant will be able to support.

How do I apply?
Eligible applicants can apply online through Submittable. If you are unable to complete the application through the online Submittable form, please email arts@phila.gov for assistance with the application. Language access support is available by request.

To Submit, follow the link here!

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