An exhibition by Ester Petukhova at Here Gallery in the North Side. Here Gallery Founder Lexi Bishop received a Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator grant in 2023. Learn more at // Photo by Patrick Fisher

Grantmaking in the Arts

As the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Local Arts Agency serving Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Arts Council provides a range of funding opportunities for artists and arts organizations in need of financial support in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties.

Grant Portal

Grants FAQ

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Open January 1, 2024 - February 16, 2024

Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator

As a creative entrepreneur, you are a leader on the pathway to recovery and increased opportunity in our rapidly changing environment. The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator grant program provides creative entrepreneurs with small business consulting and up to $2,000 in critical financial resources to grow businesses and revenue.

Funding for the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator grant program comes from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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Creative Sector Flex Fund

This grant program from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 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.

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Cup with colored pencils. Photo courtesy Steve Johnson

Cup with colored pencils. Photo courtesy Steve Johnson

Become a Grant Panelist

Every year, the Arts council engages artists, arts managers, and community engagement professionals as grant panelists to select the recipients of our grant programs. We work hard to balance the composition of these panels by artistic discipline, race/ethnicity, ability, arts experience, and gender expression. We welcome you to apply to share your expertise as a grant panelist.

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