PPA Funding

For more information, contact Marilyn J. Roberts, PPA Coordinator.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts


Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a state funding initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) designed to widen the circle of funding opportunities in support of arts activities throughout 67 counties. PPA is financed through the PCA, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PPA offers two streams of funding opportunities: Project Stream and Program Stream. Both expand community access and encourage local decision-making.

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is entering its 10th year as the PCA’s regional partner of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts by re-granting state funds to applicants in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties. The grant application and award process is administered by the Arts Council staff, who convene advisory panels from the cultural community to review the proposals. Panelists, selected to review applications according to guidelines provided by the PCA, provide the essential expertise, integrity, and commitment to the arts in our community.

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The Project Stream is open to individual artists and community groups who apply for support of an arts-related project with strong public impact. Currently 28 PPA Projects in our 2014-2015 project cycle are reaching a wide range of constituents, from young children to senior citizens, and engaging audiences through exhibitions, concerts, films, workshops, and performances.

Free PPA grant workshops are scheduled in May for novice and returning applicants.

Learn more about Project Stream

Program STREAM

The Program Stream offers ongoing organizational support to nonprofit arts programs with an established history of PCA project support. Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, as a partnership initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, permits applicants only by invitation. Click to find out more, and to view the 16 deserving organizations awarded these funds in our region for 2014-2015.

Learn more about Program Stream

Arts Count Celebration

Awards Ceremony & Advocacy Rally

Arts Count celebrates the essential public and private partnerships that fuel the arts, engages business and foundation leaders as well as elected officials to be advocates for arts and culture, and acknowledges the year’s grant recipients.

Free to members of the Arts Council and grant recipients, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council event honors the Project Stream and Program Stream recipients awarded state arts grants through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.

Save the Date! Arts Count 2015 will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and hosted at the new Lehigh Valley High School for the Performing Arts in South Bethlehem.

Advocate for the Arts

Anyone can ADVOCATE for the Arts and have impact.  Americans for the Arts provides tools, research, and training that help arts professionals and regular citizens to cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.  Find out how you can get involved and start advocating for the arts today! Visit Fostering Civic Engagement through Arts & Culture.

Citizens for the Arts began as a grassroots organization and continues to communicate the value and impact of the arts to decision makers in media, government, corporate, and philanthropic sectors. Citizens takes a stand on legislation and public policy that affect the arts, including working with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus. We encourage you to join that effort.

Call to Action: Please ask your board, staff and other supporters to advocate for the arts in Pennsylvania. Call, write or meet with your State Senator and Representative and explain the importance of the Commonwealth’s investment in your organization. Be prepared to talk about how your work benefits the people in your community culturally and economically.

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