PA Council on the Arts PPA – Entry Point to Program Stream

Entry to Program Stream is a new funding opportunity that aims to provide valuable access to funding for small arts organizations and programs across the commonwealth. Entry to Program Stream will offer a new pathway for small arts organizations and programs across the commonwealth to receive ongoing, unrestricted general operating funds. 

Learn more about Entry to Program Stream on the PCA website.

Eligibility Criteria 

Entry to Program Stream is the access point for organizations and programs to begin a funding relationship with PCA that could transition to Program Stream eligibility.  

  • Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations, a unit of government, or a school district with a history of at least one year of consistent arts/cultural programming and/or arts services in Pennsylvania. Region 5 includes organizations in Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton counties. 
  • Organizations can be a clearly defined arts program in a non-arts organization such as a college or university; library; social service organization; health care facility; YMCA; historical, science museum or other similar institution. 
  • Unincorporated groups (and in some instances, individuals) must apply to the PPA Program Stream through a nonprofit organization that acts as a fiscal sponsor. 
  • Applicant organizations must have an average annual revenue of less than $200,000. 

How to Apply   

Application guidelines will be available in the fall of 2021.  

Key Dates   

  • Application Guidelines Available: Fall of 2021 
  • Next Application Deadline: February 15, 2022 

How Applications are Evaluated  

An advisory panel review process will be utilized to make recommendations with respect to Entry to Program Stream applicant evaluations. Panels will be comprised of individuals with arts-related experience with diversity in the following areas: artistic disciplines, geography, gender, race, ethnicity, age, and include people with disabilities.  Panelists will be community members representing the four counties in the region. 

Organizations may qualify for Program Stream after consistently receiving funds through Entry to Program Stream, receiving good panel assessments, and fulfilling grant award requirements. 


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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 | megan@lvcfoundation.org