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) has introduced a new grant program, the Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF), for the 2023-2024 grant year. 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.

The 2023-2024 Application Period is Now Closed

Through the Partners in the Arts program, LVCF works with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to distribute grant awards for projects or programs involving artists throughout Region 5, which includes: Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. This program enables the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to reach a wider audience by increasing access to funds for organizations and artists across the state, thereby increasing statewide audience exposure to arts activities. Learn more…

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 PCA’s strategic plan.

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.  
  • Have an annual average arts revenue of $10,000 to $200,000.  

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

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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. 

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

Key 2023 Application Dates 

August 7, 2023 – Application Opens 
September 29, 2023 – Application Submission Date 
November 2023 – Notifications of grant award status 

2023-2024 Flex Fund Grant Application Guidelines PDF

Important Documents for 2023-24 Grantees

Income Expenses – Creative Sector Flex Fund Final Report 2024 | PDF

LVCF PENNSYLVANIA PARTNERS IN THE ARTS GRANT AWARD AGREEMENT 2023-24 | PDF

For 2023-24 Creative Sector Flex Fund Grantees

Per Section 7 of the 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund Grant Award Agreement, grantees agree to include an acknowledgment of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s funding support and the support from the PA Council on the Arts in published materials and announcements.

To assist you in doing so, LVCF has created media guidelines and logos for social media promotion. We ask that you use these materials to help us spread the good news of your 2023-2024 Creative Sector Flex Fund award in your organization and beyond.

• Download Guidelines for Social Media Promotion PDF

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For Current PPA Entry to Program and Program Stream Grantees

Please know that your organization’s 2022-2023 Entry to Program Stream or Program Stream grant will not be impacted by this change. Please continue to communicate with Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (your Region 5 partner) regarding final report due dates and procedures.

We thank you for the value and impact that your art organization provides to the communities that you serve, and we encourage you to explore the guidelines for the Creative Sector Flex Fund, as you may find that this program is a great fit for your organization and programs.

For questions regarding current year Entry to Program or Program Stream grants, please contact Monique Saunders Moreno at 610 351-5353, ext. 17 | monique@lvcfoundation.org.


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 | monique@lvcfoundation.org