The has announced a restructuring of its culture program that, among other things, will make the its primary vehicle for arts funding.
With an increase in its annual grants budget from $8 million to $10 million, PCAH will raise its maximum award amount for specific artistic projects from $250,000 to $300,000. The center will also introduce a new funding program, Advancement Grants, that will provide up to $500,000 to organizations working to more effectively engage their audiences and ensure their organizational future. The , an initiative that provides general operating support to twenty-one organizations in southeastern Pennsylvania, will be phased out by the end of 2015. In its place, PCAH will add 20 percent to each of its project grants as unrestricted operating support.
Starting with spring 2014 grants, the center will restructure its project funding to better underwrite the most promising work by combining theater, music, and dance into a single category and exhibitions and heritage initiatives into a second. The will continue to make annual awards of $60,000 each to a dozen of the most exemplary artists in the region.
"The reorganization brings into even sharper focus the center's emphasis on excellence, imagination, and public impact in the work that we support," said PCAH executive director Paula Marincola. "The ability to consider projects that don't readily fit into single categories like dance or theater, for instance, responds to the fact that many groups are creating exciting new works that combine artistic disciplines. Overall, the changes should result in stronger organizations and a richer array of offerings for our region's many and varied audiences."