PPA Grants

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a partnership between local organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA).  Now operating in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, PPA re-grants funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities.  

PPA Partnership

ECCOTA is proud to serve as a PPA Partner for arts activities in Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties that take place between September 1 and August 31 each year. 

Project Stream grants provide up to $2,500 to eligible organizations or individuals to conduct arts projects. Projects must be an arts activity conducted for the benefit of the public and take place in the PPA Partner’s service region.

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  • Non-profit organizations

  • Community groups

  • Units of government

  • Schools

  • Departments of colleges and universities

  • Individuals over 18 years of age

  • Applicant cannot be an applicant in AOAP, PPA Program Stream or ENTRY Track


Benefits of Applying

  • Local applications are shorter and simpler. We're here to help!

  • Local grants carry the same state arts funding credibility.

  • Local panelists provide important insight into the cultural needs of the community, which inform the local decision-making process.

Julie Mader’s “Power Within” was the recipient of the Best of the Best Projects award in 2013.

How to Apply

Please review the Grant Guidelines before applying: 19/20 PPA Grant Guidelines.
To apply for Project Stream Grant funding you will need to go to the DCED Website:
DCED Single Application Website
You will need to register for an account unless your organization has used that site before. Once you have register you will search for PCA to find the Project Stream Grant.

Application Timeline

Project Stream Application Timeline for 2019-2020

June 20, 2019 ...............................Due Date to complete online application.
August 2019.......................Partner Advisory panels meet to assess the applications
September 30, 2019....................18/19 PPA Applicants Final Reports Due
You can access the Fillable PDF for the 17/18 Final report here.
September-October 2019 ......Applicants are notified and grantees are invited to attend awards ceremonies.Grant award agreements are due before any awards will be given.
September 1, 2019 ......................Grant activity period begins.
August 31, 2020 ...........................Grant activity period ends.
September 30, 2020....................Final report are due

Do not send originals or copies of your sample. All supporting materials should be uploaded to the DCED website. Every attempt will be made to return your work samples. PPA Partners cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged work samples.

Note: This timeline is subject to change based on Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budgeting procedures and processes. Grant funds may not be distributed by the start of the project or funding year. Applicants should be aware of this and plan their cash flow accordingly.

Finding Process

Applications are submitted online to the PPA partners through www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Work samples and supporting documentation will need to be uploaded to your application. You do not need to mail any forms to the PPA partner or the PCA.

  • Applications are reviewed by advisory panels who evaluate and assess each application based on the PCA criteria. The panels make recommendations for the PPA Partner’s Board’s consideration in making their funding decisions. The PPA Partners’ Boards are not obligated to make formal explanation of their awards.

  • PPA will notify the appropriate legislators of the funding decisions prior to notifying applicants. PPA will notify applicants by email or postal service of funding decisions.

  • Those receiving awards will be sent a Grant Award Agreement (GAA). Recipients must complete the Grant award agreement.

  • Once the PPA Partner receives the GAA, the award process begins.


In general, the PCA does not fund the following and these expenses may not be used as a match for PCA funds.

  • Capital expenditures, including equipment costing $500 or more per item

  • Activities for which academic credit is given

  • Activities that have already been completed

  • Activities that have a religious purpose

  • Performances and exhibitions not available to the general public

  • Performances and exhibitions outside Pennsylvania

  • Cash prizes and awards

  • Benefit activities

  • Hospitality expenses, i.e., receptions, parties, gallery openings

  • Lobbyists’ payments

  • Competitions