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LVCF Lehigh Valley Arts & Culture Relief Fund

Support LVCF’s Arts and Culture Relief Fund to Maintain Community Vibrancy

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is committed to the recovery and “reimagining” of the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.  The struggles are far from over, and the sector affected significantly by the crisis, Arts and Culture, continues to struggle for the foreseeable future, as their operations rely on community performances, gatherings, and public events.  In addition to services and programs being cancelled, Arts and Culture is often seen as non-essential, and therefore overlooked in recovery efforts.  Our goal with this fund is to bring attention to the needs of the sector, and inspire creative recovery efforts.

The Arts & Culture Relief Fund will provide critical support to Lehigh Valley nonprofits focused on this integral element of our region’s identity and economy.  These organizations are woven into the fabric of our region’s life, and we need them to be here when our “new normal” begins.

Grant Period Now Closed

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has created a grant opportunity for arts and cultural organizations in the Lehigh Valley through its Lehigh Valley Arts and Culture Relief Fund (ACRF). This fund will support organizations whose mission is to serve the Lehigh Valley region with quality programming and/or education in art, music, cultural heritage, dance, theater, history, humanities, museums and performing arts venues.

Funding from the Arts and Culture Relief Fund will be one-time, general operating grants. The application closed on September 16, 2020. Thank you to all those who submitted applications.

  • To review a sample of the application before logging in to apply. (PDF Sample)
  • Use this link to create an organization profile and fill out the application indicating your non-profit organization's funding needs for COVID-19 crisis response. (ACRF Application)
  • If this is your first time applying for a grant through Foundant, please visit this instruction video for further guidance and instructions.

Because the grants will be general operating support, please fill out one application per organization.

The Community Foundation Thanks the Following for their Support of the Arts and Culture Relief Fund:

  • The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
  • Beall Fowler
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • The Cultural Coalition of Allentown
  • Bob & Susan Gadomski
  • Kressler, Wolff, and Miller
  • Stershic Family Fund
  • Torrey Family Fund

Advisory Committee

The Community Foundation will lead the administration of the Fund including the grantmaking process and decisions with the expertise of an advisory committee who will provide insight into needs and gaps.  This approach will provide oversight in ensuring that dollars are distributed using an equitable approach, with regard for diversity in organization type, geography, and other factors.

Make a Gift to the Fund

As you consider your philanthropic choices, especially as we move into a recovery period for our region, we hope that you consider a contribution to this fund. Or, we ask that you provide direct support to the theater, festival, museum, choir, band, or other element of the arts that means so much to you.  Please contact Erika Riddle Petrozelli to learn more about these giving options and how we can help: sends e-mail)

Gifts by members of the public and other non-fundholders to the Fund can be made by submitting a check, payable to the Lehigh Valley Arts & Culture Relief Fund, to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101.  Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal 'Donate' button below.  A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift to the Fund.


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Carrie Krug Nedick
Director of Donor Services

840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353  Ext. 10 |




For your reference, the charts below illustrate some of the results from a survey conducted by the Cultural Coalition