Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Project Stream

Photo: Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, 2018 Project Stream grantee.

Project Stream makes competitive grants up to $2,500 to individual artists, non-profit organizations and fiscally-sponsored organizations for innovative, community-based arts projects. Projects can include performances, exhibitions, readings or other arts projects in any genre, and must be open to the public. 

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance administers Project Stream in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties on behalf of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), as a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) program.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • Deadline: 2019-20 Project Stream applications are due by June 20, 2019.
  • Maximum Grant Amount: $2,500
  • Activity Period: September 1, 2019—August 31, 2020
  • Eligibility: Please review the 2019-20 Project Stream Guidelines


For more information about Project Stream contact Allie Vanyur at grants@philaculture.orgDue to the large volume of calls during this time, please correspond via email to more quickly receive answers to questions or to schedule a phone conversation.


2019-2020 Project Stream Grants

Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations, fiscally-sponsored organizations and individuals 18 years or older may apply; for profit organizations are ineligible. Projects must be an arts activity with a public component that take place in Buck County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County or Philadelphia County. 

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically via DCED's Electronic Single Application (ESA) website on or before June 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.. Late applications will not be accepted.

Matching Requirements: First and second time Project Stream recipients are not required to match the requested amount. Third time (and thereafter) recipients must show a 1:1 cash match of funds requested. PCA funds may not be used as match for other PCA funds.

To Apply:

1. Carefully review the 2019-20 Project Stream Guidelines

2. Visit the DCED Electronic Single Application (ESA) website at

3. Click "Register" to create a new account. All first time ESA users must register.  

4. Select "Begin a New Application"

  • Project Name: Name the application "20119-20 PPA Project Stream" 
  • Do you need help selecting your program? Select "YES"
  • Select "Create a New Application"

5. Select Program

  • Agencies: Select "PCA"
  • Click "SEARCH " at the bottom of the box
  • There will be a few results on the next page. Next to "Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Project Stream" click "Apply"

6. Begin your application

Please note: You do not need to mail in any documents. All application materials are submitted online and signatures are completed electronically.

For more detailed instructions, view a step-by-step guide  on how to complete the application in the online ESA system. For technical support about the website or registration process, contact the DCED Customer Service Center: 1-800-379-7448 or


2018-2019 Reporting

Final Reports for 2018-2019 Project Stream Grants are due on September 30, 2019. Please download and complete the final report PDF and email it Allie Vanyur at before the deadline.


Click here to view the 2018-2019 Project Stream Grantees.
Click here to view the 2017-2018 Project Stream Grantees.
Click here to view the 2016-2017 Project Stream Grantees.

The Project Stream and Program Stream grants initiative is made possible through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. They are funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and administered locally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Any individual artist, nonprofit, or fiscally-sponsored organization in the 5-county Philadelphia region is invited to apply for a Project Stream grant for up to $2,500 in funding for an arts-specific project. Funded by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and administered through the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Project Stream makes competitive grants for innovative, community-based arts projects in any genre, including performances, exhibitions, readings and more. The deadline to apply is June 20, 2018.

Find more information on eligibility, guidelines, and how to apply at or email Allie Vanyur at