Established in 1991 as in independent nonprofit organization, the provides funds to enhance the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and promotes arts and culture as engines of social, educational, and economic development in the region.
To that end, the fund provides provides operating support to Philadelphia-based arts and culture organizations dedicated to the visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history, and the humanities.
Organizations can apply for general operating support or program support. Grant amounts are determined on an individual basis. Applicants do not request a specific grant amount.
To be eligible, applicants must have their official place of business located in the City of Philadelphia; be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing; present at least 60 percent of their programming in the City of Philadelphia; have 60 percent of their budget devoted to arts and culture; and be able to demonstrate a benefit to the community they serve and either have an articulated mission that is dedicated to arts and culture or operate a specific arts and culture program. In addition, applicants must have programs available to the public (provided for a charge or free) and have conducted public programming for at least a year.
See the Philadelphia Cultural Fund for complete program guidelines and application guidelines.