Core Support for Arts and Cultural Organizations

Over the past year, the Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work is taking 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. 

As a result, we are not currently accepting new applications under the Core Support grantmaking strategy. 

We expect to announce the changes in summer 2021, and begin accepting applications in fall 2021 for funding available in calendar year 2022. We look forward to sharing more information as the new program launches and will do our best to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be many 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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Increasing Arts Education

Over the past year, the Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work is taking 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.

As we make this transition, we will be considering proposals only from programs that have been funded through the Foundation’s Arts Education grantmaking program with grants concluding at the end of this school year (2020-21).

We expect to announce the changes in summer 2021, and begin accepting applications in fall 2021 for funding available in calendar year 2022. We look forward to sharing more information as the new program launches and will do our best to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be many 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

Over the past year, the Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work is taking 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.

As a result, we are not currently accepting new applications under the Great Public Spaces grantmaking strategy.

We expect to announce changes to the Creative Communities grantmaking program in summer 2021, begin accepting applications in fall 2021, and plan to award the first grants in 2022. We will do our best to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be many 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

Over the past year, the Foundation has been conducting a review to refine the entire Creative Communities grantmaking program. This work is taking 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 both prioritize unrestricted support to help grantees get through this challenging time, as well as in preparation for this transition, the Foundation has ended the New Audiences/New Places grantmaking program and will not continue to award New Audiences/New Places grants going forward.

We expect to announce the changes in summer 2021, and begin accepting applications in fall 2021 for funding available in calendar year 2022. We look forward to sharing more information as the new program launches and will do our best to provide timely, clear, and accessible information to help both past grantees and potential applicants understand these changes. There will be many 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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