Select Page

Entry to Program Stream Guidelines


Entry to Program Stream is for organizations or programs with average annual revenue of less than $200,000 that aim to ultimately be recommended for support through PPA Program Stream. Entry to Program Stream supports eligible applicants that have a history of at least one year of consistent arts programming. Generally, grant amounts will range from $2,000 to $3,000, and grant funds may be used for operations, programs, or projects.


Applicants must:

  • Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, a unit of government, or a school district providing arts programming and/or art services in Pennsylvania. Applicants are required to provide proof of incorporation and activity in Pennsylvania before applications are reviewed or funds awarded. Unincorporated groups must apply through a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation that acts as a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor is legally responsible for the administration of the contract, including all reporting requirements, and may charge a fee for its services. Applicants applying through a fiscal sponsor organization must meet the same requirements as other applicants, except for nonprofit status. The fiscal sponsor is responsible for any award. The fiscal sponsor receives the award check directly from the designated PPA Partner and is responsible for ensuring the completion of the final reports.
  • Have an average annual revenue of less than $200,000.
  • Have a history of at least one year of consistent arts programming.


  • All grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis in cash.
  • In-kind goods and services may not be used to match PCA funds.
  • Entry to Program Stream grant funds cannot be used to match other PCA grants.

Click Here to view the 2022-2023 Program Stream Grantees


Grant funds cannot be used for any of the following:

  • Activities outside the performance period of the grant.
  • Activities that have a religious purpose.
  • Payments to lobbyists.
  • Cash prizes and awards.
  • Benefit activities.
  • Hospitality expenses (i.e., receptions, parties, gallery openings).
  • Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500-or more.
  • Competitions.
  • Performances and exhibitions not available to the public.


The Foundation for Enhancing Communities will be accepting applications from organizations based on the following counties: Dauphin, Cumberland, and Lebanon. Applications are due February 15, 2022, for the grant performance period of  September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

Follow Two Simple Steps to Apply

  1. LOGIN into the TFEC online application system and begin or update your online profile here:
    1. Click here to BEGIN your application for the Entry to Program Stream Grant – Applicants who have never used TFEC’s online application system must create an account login when using the online application system for the first time.
    2. Click here to UPDATE your online profile and return to a saved application
  2. UPLOAD all required materials to the Attachments tab within the online application system and select submit before 5 pm on the application deadline. This grant opportunity requires attachments. See the Grant Application for full instructions.  All required materials will be uploaded within the Attachments Tab; materials should not be mailed or delivered.

Application Review Process

  • PPA uses an advisory panel review process to make recommendations for the PCA’s consideration in making final funding decisions.
  • Organizations or programs stay in the Entry to Program Stream until recommended for Program Stream, based on panel review and assessment totals. Once in Program Stream, generally, grants range from $3,000 to $5,000.

Review Criteria

Quality of Artistic Product, Process, or Service – 35 points

  • Evidence that activities relate to and advance the applicant’s mission or arts program goals
  • Quality of arts-related activities
  • Evidence of measuring artistic success

Access to the Arts – 35 points

  • Evidence of knowledge of and outreach to the audience
  • Evidence of engagement efforts with culturally, socioeconomically, and/or geographically diverse audiences or stakeholders

Management – 30 points

  • Evidence of effective planning and implementation of programs
  • Evidence of effective management of financial resources

Appeals Process

PPA Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) recognizes that errors may occur in the PPA application process. PPA is committed to acknowledging any errors and responding to rectify the effects of an error. The appeals process enables applicants to identify these errors and omissions and bring them to the attention of the PPA Partner. Appeals to the Board of the designated Partner may result in an increase in the PPA award amount if the applicant can satisfactorily document that the application was misrepresented or improperly reviewed through no fault of the applicant. Appeals are awarded only if the error or omission had a substantial effect on the evaluation and assessment of the advisory panel.

Appeals are not intended to provide the applicant with an opportunity to challenge the evaluation and assessment of the advisory panel. Disagreement with the judgment of the advisory panel or the amount of the award is not grounds for an appeal.

Applicants considering an appeal should contact their PPA Partner for advice and guidance. The appeal of an award decision must be made in writing ten business days from the date of the notification of the award from the Partner. Letters of appeal should be addressed to the PPA Partner. The letter should identify the error or omission and the effect such error had on the recommendation of the advisory panel. Partners must immediately forward an appeal to the PCA’s PPA Program Director. If the appeal is supported by the Partner, funds will be awarded only if they are available.

About PCA

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The PCA’s mission is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts. By leveraging the immense potential of Pennsylvania’s arts and cultural sector, the PCA supports jobs, builds community, inspires lifelong learning, promotes the commonwealth nationally and internationally, and sparks innovation. For more information about the PCA, visit

We are here to help

All applicants are invited to contact our Community Investment Team, to discuss a proposed project or application.

Applicants may request a draft review of their application materials by our Community Investment Team prior to submission. To submit a draft review, email all materials to be reviewed as an attachment to  Draft review requests are limited to one review of each grant opportunity and submissions must be received at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. 

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

Questions regarding our grant opportunities?

get in touch with us or
view the grantseeker FAQ