03/19/2009 - At a time when contributions are increasingly scarce, two broad grant programs, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pew Cultural Management Initiative, have announced nearly $3.7 million in awards to local arts groups. The funds are for operations, the hardest dollars to raise, even in the best of times.
Pew awarded $905,000 to nine cultural organizations. The grants, ranging from $85,000 to $120,000, will be used for everything from upgrading software and computer systems to adding key staff positions and implementing plans to build audiences.
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund (which disburses funds from the city but is not a city agency) awarded $2.78 million to 228 groups. The grants range from about $1,000 to $20,000, are unrestricted and may be used for anything from paying the electrician to staff salaries.
Read the full article Phila. Arts Groups Win $3.7 Million in Grants on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.