Creative Sector Flex Fund

Previously known as Entry to Program Stream and Program Stream, the new Creative Sector Flex Fund provides $5,000 grants to arts organizations.

About the Creative Sector Flex Fund  

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, along with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), is excited to introduce 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. 

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 its strategic plan.  

Grant Guidelines

How to Apply to the Creative Sector Flex Fund 

The Arts Council will begin accepting applications for the Creative Sector Flex Fund on July 1, 2023. The application will close on August 15, 2023.  

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


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. 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. 

If you have questions about the Creative Sector Flex Fund or changes to the PCA grant programs, please email Mia Hooper, director of development and grantmaking, or call 412-391-2060 ext. 222.

The Arts Council is administering this grant on behalf of the PCA for Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties.

Header image: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings at Prime Stage Theatre.