Creative Sector Flex Fund at LVCF

Creative Sector Flex Fund

Addressing Changing Needs

About the Creative Sector Flex Fund

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) introduced a new grant program, the Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF), in 2023-2024, and is offering the program again for the 2024-2025 grant cycle. The CSFF is designed to address the changing needs of dynamic PA arts organizations with average annual revenue between $10,000 – $200,000. 

This grant program incorporates the current needs of the field by offering grantees the flexibility to use $5,000 grants in ways that ensure the most significant impact for their organizations and communities. 

Eligible uses of funds are flexible, including the support of applicants’ administrative, programmatic, and project-related expenses.

Please note: The PCA has retired Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts’ (PPA) Entry to Program Stream, and Program Stream grant programs. The decision to retire these programs resulted from the PCA’s consideration of conversations, feedback, observations, insights, research, and data review with state and industry leaders, panelists, grantees, and community members. The goal of this retirement is to enable the PCA to provide a funding avenue that better aligns with industry trends and the goals of our strategic plan.

The 2024-2025 Application Period opened May 6, 2024. (see below)

Creative Sector Flex Fund Eligibility Requirements

Arts organizations and programs in Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon, and Monroe counties (see PCA Partners Regional Map with contact info) interested in applying for the Creative Sector Flex Fund must meet the following criteria:  

  • Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, or a unit of local government (counties, cities, boroughs, townships, and municipal authorities). 

Please Note: Pre-K -12 public, private and parochial schools including all charter schools are NOT eligible for the Creative Sector Flex Fund. K-12 schools should contact our Region’s PA Council on the Arts, Arts in Education Partner, ArtsQuest, to inquire about opportunities.  

  • Be located in Pennsylvania except for nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations acting as a fiscal sponsor on behalf of an unincorporated group or not-for-profit limited liability company (LLC) that is located in Pennsylvania. 
  • Be registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations except for local governments and fiscal sponsors. 
  • Have a history of at least TWO years of consistent arts programming in Pennsylvania and have an annual average arts revenue of $10,000 to $200,000.  

Review the guidelines that provide all the details | Guidelines for PA Council on the Arts Creative Sector Flex Fund PDF

Please Note: The PCA determines revenue size by a two-year average of Total Revenue of an organization’s Form 990-Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service. Non-arts organizations and/or arts organizations whose 990 is postcard, must attach a board/committee approved arts-specific program financial statement for their most recently completed two fiscal years. The program financial statement must include program revenue, including contributed and earned income and income realized from investments, as applicable, and expenses. In-kind is not included. 

If your organization is not eligible for the Creative Sector Flex Fund, please visit the PA Council on the Art’s Apply for a Grant page, for additional information on opportunities that may suit the needs of your organization.  

How to Apply to the Creative Sector Flex Fund

Creative Sector Flex Fund applications will be accepted online through Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s grants portal, Foundant. Written applications will NOT be accepted.  

• If you do not have an account with Foundant, please register by following the instructions on the Foundant homepage.  

If you are applying through a Fiscal Sponsor, please have your Fiscal Sponsor register for an account on Foundant. The Fiscal Sponsor must complete the application and submit it on behalf of the applicant.

If you need technical assistance with Foundant, please see LVCF’s Foundant Grants Portal page or email Monique Saunders Moreno at  

Key 2024 Application Dates 

May 6, 2024– Application Opens 
June 3, 3024 – Fiscal Feedback Due Date
(Applicants can request a review of their financial documentation by this date. To submit a request, contact
June 24, 2024 – Application Submission Date 
August 2024 – Notifications of grant award status 
January 1 – December 31, 2025 – Grant Activity Period


For questions regarding Creative Sector Flex Fund grants, please contact Monique Saunders Moreno at 610 351-5353, ext. 17 |

ASK Monique | Questions regarding the Creative Sector Flex Fund or to learn more about other Community Foundation’s Partners in the Arts (PPA) grant opportunities

Monique Saunders Moreno
Assistant Director of Community Investments
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
840. W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310
Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353, ext. 17 |