The Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF)

Creative Sector Flex Fund (CSFF) provides support to eligible applicants that provide consistent, at least two years of, artistic programming and/or arts services in Pennsylvania. Eligible uses of grant funds include but are not limited to operating or programming expenditures. This grant is renewed annually. Due to limited funding, renewals will not be guaranteed funding.  This grant covers activities during January 2024- December 2024.  

Funding Amount 

$5,000 per applicant


Applicants must:

  • Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, or a unit of local government (counties, cities, boroughs, townships, and municipal authorities). Pre-K - 12 public, private and parochial schools including all charter schools are NOT eligible. (K-12 schools should contact the Arts in Education, our friends at Philadelphia Arts in Education.)

  • Be located in Pennsylvania, except for nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations acting as a fiscal sponsor on behalf of an unincorporated group or not-for-profit limited liability company (LLC) that is located in Pennsylvania.

  • Be registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations, except for local governments and fiscal sponsors.

  • Have a history of at least TWO years of consistent arts programming in Pennsylvania.

  • Have an annual average arts revenue of $10,000 to $200,000. PCA determines revenue size by a two-year average of Total Revenue of an organization’s Form 990-Department of the Treasury-Internal Revenue Service. Non-arts organizations and/or arts organizations whose 990 is postcard, must attach a board/committee approved arts-specific program financial statement for their most recently completed two fiscal years. The program financial statement must include program revenue, including contributed and earned income and income realized from investments, as applicable, and expenses. In-kind is not included.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Application will open in Submittable on Thursday, June 1 at 12:00 p.m. 

  • Application closes on Friday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m. *The application will close automatically and accept no other entries*

  • Cultural Alliance staff will be reviewing applications in the order that are received starting June until July. 

  • Ineligible applications will receive notification as they are reviewed. 

  • All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Creative Sector Flex Fund Panel, which will convene in July 2023. 

  • Funding determinations will be made by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Board Committee in September 2023

  • Announcements on Final Funding Determinations will be made in early fall 2023. 

  • Grants Awards will be made in winter 2023

  • Grants Activity Period for all grantees will be January 2024- December 2024. 

Application Process

Applications for Creative Sector Flex Fund in Region 6, including Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks counties, must be submitted through Submittable. Select the corresponding PPA partner through correct indication of the Pennsylvania county of residence of the applicant, or in the case of fiscal sponsorship, the unincorporated group or not-for-profit LLC. 

Application due date is Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m., for the grant activity period of January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants must submit a new application every year.

Application Review Process

  • PPA partner staff review applications for eligibility. 

  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications, award amounts, and grant award agreements

  • Panelists evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

    • Community Value

      • Applicant demonstrates:

        • Artistic offerings that strengthen their community culturally, educationally, and/or economically

        • Artists and artistic offerings and services involve and are meaningful to the community being served

        • Relevant arts learning opportunities and creative endeavors for community members.

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Value

      • Applicant demonstrates:

        • Apart from being audience members or beneficiaries, community members are central to the design of the applicant’s work

        • Plans and action-oriented practices toward diversity, equity, inclusion and access in ways that are relevant to the community, including efforts to reach new audiences

    • Stewardship Value

      • Applicant demonstrates:

        • Planning processes appropriate to their organization, mission, and goals

        • Capacity to carry out programs and projects as planned

        • Appropriate financial planning and oversight practices.




Virtual Grant Information Session (Recording)

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