At The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, we encourage an ongoing dialogue with the cultural community regarding our application process and your creative project ideas. You’ll find full application guidelines and details about the types of grants we award on our Apply page—but we’ve rounded up some of the most commonly asked questions here, to help you get started.
What types of grants does the Center award?
Our grant types include Project grants for implementation and discovery, Advancement grants, and Pew Fellowships (for individual artists, awarded through a nomination process). Each of our funding programs—Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, Performance, Advancement, and Pew Fellowships—has a set of annual guidelines detailing the types of grants available and eligibility criteria. Project grants and Fellowships are made through a panel adjudication process. Advancement grants are approved directly by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Board of Directors.
Can individuals apply?
Yes, individual artists in Performance, as well as curators, and other cultural practitioners may apply for Project grants, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements. However, individuals must discuss their applications with the appropriate Center program staff to determine their eligibility. Individuals applying directly may be eligible for grants of up to $60,000, while organizations may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $300,000.
Full eligibility details can be found on page 6 of our Project grant guidelines.
What do Project grant funds support?
Project grants are for making big ideas happen: bringing urgent, ambitious, and substantive performances, exhibitions, or interpretation projects to fruition. Discovery grants are for focused exploration that will seed future project proposals.
How are applications evaluated?
Project grant applications are reviewed by a peer review panel composed of five to nine panelists from outside the greater Philadelphia region. Three criteria will be used by the panel to evaluate these applications: excellence, ability to realize the project, and impact. Applicants will be asked to articulate a project’s curatorial thesis and its artistic and programmatic urgency. Please see page 9 of our Project grant guidelines for a full list of application questions.
What is my first step in applying?
Talk to us: Before beginning a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI), you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with the Center’s Senior program staff to discuss any eligibility concerns, the amount of funds being requested, and your project concept and its fit within the Center’s goals and priorities. Please keep in mind that the process of submitting an LOI includes answering a series of questions, along with submitting work samples. We strongly recommend meeting with the appropriate Center staff no later than October 15, 2016.
To schedule an appointment contact:
Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
What are the 2017 Project grant application deadlines?
November 16, 2016 at 4 p.m.—Letter of Intent to Apply deadline
By December 23, 2016—Notification of invitation to apply
March 1, 2017 at 4 p.m.—Full Project grant applications deadline
When will applicants be notified of their status?
Announcements of grant recipients will be made in June 2017.
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