Established in 1991 as an independent nonprofit organization, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund provides funds to enhance the cultural life and vitality of Philadelphia and its residents and promote arts and culture as engines of social, educational, and economic development in the Philadelphia region.
To that end, the fund provides support to Philadelphia-based arts and culture organizations dedicated to creating, preserving, and/or exhibiting visual, literary and performing arts, architecture, science, history, and the humanities.
Organizations can apply for general operating or program support. Grant amounts are determined on an individual basis. Applicants do not have to request a specific grant amount.
To be eligible, applicants must have their official place of business in the City of Philadelphia; be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing; present at least 60 percent of its programming in the City of Philadelphia (thus demonstrating a commitment to provide arts and culture to residents of the city); have 60 percent of its budget devoted to arts and culture; and be able to demonstrate a benefit to the community they serve and have an articulated mission that is dedicated to arts and culture or operates a specific arts and culture program. In addition, all applicants must have conducted public programming for at least one year.
See the Philadelphia Cultural Fund for complete program guidelines and application guidelines.