Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures (PCT) is a multi-year grant program supporting the recovery of cultural groups, artists, and organizations led by and/or serving communities of color with exceptional significance to people in Greater Philadelphia. The program aims to create new opportunities for artists, creatives, and culture-bearers of color and recognize their important and enduring contributions to Philadelphia and its residents.

PCT is the regional component of the Ford Foundation’s America’s Cultural Treasures initiative, and was made possible through the collaborative effort of five regional funders: The Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation. In total, $10 million in grants will be awarded through the initiative as part of local philanthropy’s commitment to supporting a racially, economically, and socially just COVID-19 recovery.

The grantmaking initiative is organized as three funding opportunities:

  1. General operating support (final awards announced – view list of grantees)
  2. Fellowship grants to BIPOC artists (nominations conclude early September 2022)
  3. Project Grants (opportunity forthcoming in 2023)

Click here to learn more about Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures.