2. Schedule Your Site Visit

Site visit requests for our May 1, 2020 deadline are no longer being accepted.  If you did not already request a site visit, you are not eligible to apply for a grant on May 1, 2020.

If you requested a site visit before April 3 but were unable to schedule it due to the COVID-19 virus, we will be in touch with you directly.  You are eligible to apply for the May 1, 2020 deadline.

Site visits early in the fall and winter are appreciated and encouraged for our May 1, 2021 deadline!  The application for 2021 site visits will be available in the summer of 2020.

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.

Keep in mind that we make grants to organizations and/or projects that focus on:

  • hands-on, in-depth arts education programs that are taught by highly skilled teaching artists, demonstrate a well developed, sequential curriculum and work appropriately within their community setting and,
  • providing broader access to the arts throughout the City of Philadelphia through high-quality arts experiences in neighborhood settings for communities without other access to these experiences.

Note that we support programs for all people, not just young people, as long as they are actively involved in the creative and artistic process.  We do not support one-time or short-term presentations, performances or programs.  If you are unsure if your program is a fit, please call us before setting up a site visit.

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. We will visit for about an hour so make sure we are coming at a good time to see your work at its most active.

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;
  • 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.

Step 3: Prepare Your Application