PA Council on the Arts PPA – Creative Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program

The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program is designed to pair access to existing small business consulting services with financial resources for creative entrepreneurs who aspire to start their own for-profit business or who operate an existing for-profit micro business. The Program’s purpose is to help creative entrepreneurs to grow their business, audience, and revenue.

The Program will advance the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ overarching value of diversity, equity, and inclusion and prioritize investments to creative entrepreneurs who identify Black, Indigenous, or people of color ("BIPOC") and those who are located in and whose work benefits low-income communities as defined by the Small Business Administration. 

Eligibility Criteria 

Creative entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program once every three years.

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and a current resident of Pennsylvania for at least one year.
  • Operate a business with annual gross revenue less than $200,000.
  • Be a creative entrepreneur intending to form a business or operating a business in Pennsylvania within one or more of the following creative industry areas:

Marketing - Advertising and marketing agencies & professionals.

Architecture – Architecture firms & architects.

Visual Arts & Crafts – Galleries, artists, artisans & makers.

Design – Product, interior, graphic, and fashion design firms and designers.

Film & Media – Film, animation, TV & Radio businesses.

Digital Games – Companies, programmers & individuals producing games.

Music & Entertainment – Producers, venues, musicians & performers.

Publishing – Print or electronic businesses & content creators, editors & writers 

Range of Grant Awards

Grant amounts range from $500 to $2,000. 

How to Apply

Rather than filling out an application, eligible entrepreneurs must engage a referral coordinator in at least one consultation regarding a business formation or development activity. Referral coordinators will work with applicants to complete and submit a referral form to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Referral of a creative entrepreneur to Lehigh Valley Community Foundation does not guarantee a grant will be made; the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation will make determinations of eligibility and availability of funds.

Currently, the program has not launched. Referral partners for this program will be listed on this website with additional referral details once the program is launched in November 2021.

Key Dates

The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program will be launched in November 2021. The funding process will operate on a rolling basis until funds are expended.

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Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, Lehigh Valley Community FoundationMegan Briggs
Director of Community Investments
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
840. W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310
Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353, ext. 11 |