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Program Stream Guidelines


Program Stream provides ongoing support to qualified applicants that provide consistent levels of artistic programming and/or art services in Pennsylvania. Activities and services generally must have a public component.

Application Due Date

The Program Stream application is due on January 15 of each year. If that date falls on a weekend, the application will be due on the following Monday.

Grant Period

All funded activities must take place between September 1 and August 31, beginning in the year the grant is made.


Applicants must:

  • Be invited to apply by a PPA Partner or the PCA based on a consistent application and grant history with PPA or the PCA.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Based on their PA county of residence, applicants must submit applications to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Applications are due January 18, 2022, for the grant performance period of September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. (If the due date is missed, an application may be submitted to Entry to Program Stream with a February 15, 2022, due date).

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 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.


PPA Partner staff review applications for any significant changes in finances, leadership, programming, or other factors that may have an adverse impact on the applicant’s ability to meet the terms of the grant agreement. A PPA staff member may contact applicants about these changes to obtain additional information.


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. 

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