2. Schedule Your Site Visit
Step 2 of the grant application process, after you have determined that you are an eligible non-profit, is to schedule a site visit with our Executive Director or a member of our board, so we can come and see your work in action.
The deadline for requesting a mandatory site visit for this year’s May 1 application deadline has passed. You cannot apply for a grant unless you have already had a site visit.
Site visits for May 1, 2018 will begin July 1, 2017.
Since we will only make one visit to see your work per year, make it count by choosing an opportunity to show us your best work in the area where you are requesting funding. (For example, if you are applying for theatre education programs, invite us to a school residency sessions rather than an opening night performance.) Note that we do not attend fundraising events.
When making visits, we look for:
- the artistic quality and intent of your work within the framework of your discipline(s) and/or tradition;
- for arts education programs, the educational quality of your work, including the curriculum, space, and skills of the teaching artists;
- the context for the work we are seeing, including where it fits within your organizational mission as well as your place within the arts and cultural community and the broader Philadelphia community; and,
- the connection to your community, as you define it; and the audience you are serving.