Art Works

Art Works is a $3-million grant program for community-based organizations and emerging artists that is designed to support arts, culture and creativity — particularly those working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) individuals and those in other under-served communities. Art Works, the inaugural program from the Forman Arts Initiative, will provide direct grants to artists and organizations that shine a light on Greater Philadelphia’s rich diversity.

Art Works will select four organizations annually to receive two-year, unrestricted grants of up to $200,000 per year.

Four emerging artists will receive two-year grants of up to $10,000 per year. The program is open to both visual and performing artists who have experience working with and connection to communities in Greater Philadelphia.

Grantee organizations will be able to host co-operative education students from Drexel University to enhance their organizational effectiveness.

Art Works creators should aspire to influence Greater Philadelphia’s civic identity and have deep roots in its communities.


For nonprofits serving this population:

Those who have an established track record of working in partnership with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and other under-served communities.

For emerging artists:

The program is open to both visual and performing artists who have experience working with and connection to communities in Greater Philadelphia. Grants for individual artists are considered taxable income.

Requirements for grant applicants:

  • Nonprofits: 501(c)(3) status; Budgets between $250,000 and $5 million.
  • Artists: Fewer than 10 years of professional experience.
  • All applicants should:
    1.
    Be able to demonstrate a commitment to incorporating community perspectives into your work.
    2. Aspire to influence Greater Philadelphia’s civic identity and have deep roots in its communities.

See application for additional requirements.

Application deadline:

Friday, April 23, 2021

Questions About This Grant

Email: grantmakingservices@philafound.org.

Art Works

STEP 1: DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY

Carefully review the criteria listed above and in the application.

STEP 3: REPORT

Grant recipients will be provided with a link to a reporting form.