The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (the “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.
**Currently the funding for this program is exhausted. Although, please reach out to be put on the contact list for when funding becomes available again.
Applications Open: Rolling Deadline
Applications Close: Rolling Deadline
Creative entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for the Creative Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program once every three years.
Arrange a meeting with one of the designated Referral Coordinators for business plan review. After the Referral Coordinator has reviewed and approved your business plan, they will sign and date the referral form. If the Referral Coordinator does not approve of your business plan, they will indicate why on the referral form. You can then edit your business plan based on their feedback and meet with them again for approval.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The Creative Entrepreneur grant is first-come-first-serve. Funds will be replenished by the PA Council on the Arts on a to-be-determined cycle.
The maximum grant award amount is $2,000.
**Please keep in mind that 55% of the funds available for distribution in this program will be reserved for black, indigenous, or persons of color (BIPOC), or individuals whose income falls below the Federal Poverty Income Level as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. By doing this, PCA hopes to prioritize investment in creative entrepreneurs who are located in or whose work benefits socially or economically disadvantaged communities.
Funds must support business formation or development. Eligible uses of grant funds include:
Entrepreneur intends to form a business or operates a business within the specified creative industry areas in Pennsylvania (refer to list of eligible creative industry areas).
For the purposes of the Program, “viable business plan” means evidence of planning directed at forming a for-profit business or pursuing sustainable growth opportunities for an existing for-profit business. Evidence of planning may take a variety of forms and may be assessed by the Referral Coordinators’ existing methods of working with clients. Examples of appropriate planning include, but are not limited to:
If you should have any questions regarding TFEC grant opportunities or your application, please contact the Community Investment Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-236-5040. Questions are welcome at any time!