PPA Funding

For more information, contact our PPA Coordinator, Zach Kleemeyer.

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts

A partnership of PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL ON THE ARTS & LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL

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 11th 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.

View the mission and goals of the PCA


eGrant Application System

Applicants of the PPA Program Stream and Project Stream use the PCA’s eGrant application system to upload their documents.

The system takes you through the application process for the grant program of your choice and allows you to submit it directly to the PCA. You submit your grant application, your grant award agreement and final report through eGrant.

Access the eGrant system

PROJECT STREAM

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 22 PPA Projects in our 2016-2017 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.

Our 2016-2017 PPA Project Stream Grants have been awarded. Thank you for this year’s applicants, and congratulations to the winners!

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.


Arts Count 2017

On Wednesday, October 18th from 5:30-7:30 pm the National Museum of Industrial History will host the Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s 12th annual Arts Count – an award ceremony, arts rally, and membership reception. Join us and meet the producers of the next community arts projects coming to the region!

Presenting grant awards – big check style – is the event’s defining spectacle, but equally enticing will be the interactive exhibits around every corner of the museum.


Congratulations to our 2017-18 Grant Award Recipients:

  • ALLENTOWN PUBLIC THEATRE
  • APPALACHIAN FIDDLE & BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION
  • BETHLEHEM FINE ARTS COMMISSION
  • BOROUGH OF EMMAUS
  • BRADBURY-SULLIVAN LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
  • DANCELINK
  • FRIENDS OF THE ALLENTOWN PARKS
  • JCC OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY
  • JIM THORPE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
  • KATE BRANDES
  • LEHIGH GAP NATURE CENTER
  • LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
  • LEHIGH VALLEY DANCE EXCHANGE
  • LEHIGH VALLEY GIRLS ROCK
  • MEMORIAL LIBRARY OF NAZARETH & VICINITY
  • MIKAYLA’S VOICE
  • MORAVIAN COLLEGE
  • NORA SUGGS
  • PIONEER BAND OF ALLENTOWN
  • PUERTORRICAN CULTURAL PRESERVATION
  • SAUCON VALLEY CONSERVANCY
  • SUMMIT HILL HERITAGE CENTER
  • UKRAINIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION
  • VALLEY CONTRA DANCE SOCIETY
  • WDIY 88.1 FM
  • WEST PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION

Arts Count 2016

On October 19, 2016, we rallied together to celebrate the creative realm of the arts in our community and honor the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant recipients. The event was held at Smooth-On, Inc. in Macungie, PA, and guests toured the impressive facility, took part in mold-making, and received professional quality scrapes, scars, and scabs makeup.