Core Support for Arts and Cultural Organizations

The Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work has taken place against the backdrop of important local and national conversations about the role that arts, culture, and public spaces play in contributing to strong, healthy communities.

Due to this planning work, we are not currently accepting new applications under the Core Support grantmaking strategy.

We recently shared some of the changes, including an overview of the new funding strategies in a webinar and blog post. We expect to announce specific funding guidelines in early fall 2021. We will begin accepting applications in late fall 2021 for funding in early 2022. Our goal is to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential new applicants understand these changes. There will be more opportunities for arts, culture, and public space organizations to learn and ask questions about the new grantmaking program, including: its priorities, its eligibility requirements, its guidelines, and how to apply.  

 

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Increasing Arts Education

The Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work has taken place against the backdrop of important local and national conversations about the role that arts, culture, and public spaces play in contributing to strong, healthy communities.

Due to this planning work, we are not currently accepting new applications under the Arts Education grantmaking strategy.

We recently shared an overview of the new funding strategies in a webinar and blog post. We expect to announce the changes in funding guidelines in early fall 2021 and begin accepting applications in late fall 2021 for funding available in 2022. Our goal is to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be more opportunities for arts, culture, and public space organizations to learn and ask questions about the new grantmaking program, its priorities, its eligibility requirements, its guidelines, and how to apply.

 

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What We Fund

The Foundation works to provide opportunities for Philadelphia students to experience arts learning.

We seek to fund arts education programs working as partners in Philadelphia schools, and that focus on the three areas of interest of the Foundation:

  • Expanding Students’ World Views: Greater Understanding of Cultures and Experiences
  • Building Students’ Skill and Interest in the Arts: A Next Generation for Philadelphia’s Art and Cultural Community
  • Strengthening Students’ Socioemotional Learning: Increased Interpersonal and Intra-Personal Skills

Preference is given to programs working with students in the 4th grade or younger, offered in Philadelphia schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families and a dearth of resources to provide arts education.

The Foundation’s funding is not intended to replace existing arts teachers in Philadelphia schools, but rather to support their important work.

 

 

Investing in Great Public Spaces

The Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work has taken place against the backdrop of important local and national conversations about the role that arts, culture, and public spaces play in contributing to strong, healthy communities and the Foundation’s commitment to a just recovery.

Due to this planning work, we are not currently accepting new applications under the Great Public Spaces grantmaking strategy.

We recently shared an overview of the new funding strategies in a webinar and blog post. We expect to announce the changes in funding guidelines in early fall 2021 and begin accepting applications in late fall 2021 for funding available in 2022. Our goal is to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be more opportunities for arts, culture, and public space organizations to learn and ask questions about the new grantmaking program, its priorities, its eligibility requirements, its guidelines, and how to apply.

 

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What We Fund

The Foundation works to support equitable access to great public spaces.

We believe that great public spaces strengthen communities. They are places in which we spend time with family, friends, and neighbors. They can also promote health through physical activity, help children learn through play, enhance appreciation of the natural environment, and offer platforms for cultural expression.

Great public spaces come in many forms, including parks, libraries, recreation centers, trails, waterways, community gardens, community centers, plazas and play areas.

We seek to fund public space efforts that value:

  1. Enriching Experiences: members of the public, especially children and elders, experience the space in ways that promote wellbeing and joy.
  2. Meaningful Community and Stakeholder Involvement: local knowledge, expertise, and interests are respected through engagement, partnership, and co-creation.
  3. Inclusion: public spaces strive for social and racial inclusivity, e.g., through age-friendly design, multi-lingual communication, culturally-relevant programming, transportation access, and marketing.
  4. Civic & Natural Context: public spaces reflect their local community and/or natural context, e.g., through public art, ecological restoration, or other connections to area histories.
  5. Quality Design & Materials: quality design and materials contribute to positive community identity, ensure durability and longevity, and contribute to environmental sustainability.
  6. Resilience: stewardship and maintenance are priorities, not afterthoughts.

 

New Audiences/New Places

The Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work has taken place against the backdrop of important local and national conversations about the role that arts, culture, and public spaces play in contributing to strong, healthy communities and the Foundation’s commitment to a just recovery.

To prioritize unrestricted support aimed at helping grantees get through challenging times and in preparation for the grantmaking transition, the Foundation ended the New Audiences/New Places grantmaking program in mid-2020.

We recently shared an overview of the new funding strategies in a webinar and blog post. We expect to announce the changes in funding guidelines in early fall 2021 and begin accepting applications in late fall 2021 for funding available in 2022. Our goal is to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be more opportunities for arts, culture, and public space organizations to learn and ask questions about the new grantmaking program, its priorities, its eligibility requirements, its guidelines, and how to apply.

 

Please continue to visit this website for updates and more details (click here to be added to an email list to receive updates.)