The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) invites individual artists, along with arts organizations and community groups, to apply for up to $3,000 in Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) 2010-11 Project Steam grant funding, which supports arts projects or activities taking place in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The PPA program is a partnership initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), and is administered in the Lehigh Valley by the LVAC. Last year, the Lehigh Valley received the highest number of applications by any Pennsylvania partner. 32 awards were given last year, which was 52 percent of the applications received. The average grant size was $910.

Eligibility of individual artists (over the age of 18) to apply for PPA Project Stream grant funding widens the circle of funding opportunities in support of arts activities and projects benefiting the Lehigh Valley. Applicants do not have to have non-profit status with the IRS, but cannot be for-profit. Projects must take place between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011.

The 2010-11 Project Stream Grant Guidelines and Application will be available in the near future on the Lehigh Valley Arts Council website at www.LVArtsCouncil.org. The submission deadline is June 18, 2010.

A series of information workshops will be held in each county to further explain the PPA program, requirements and restrictions. All workshops will last from 4-5:30 p.m., are open to the public and are free of charge. Prior grant award winners are also strongly encouraged to attend, to discuss strategies for improving grant writing and online submission. Registration not required.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation

20 West Broadway

Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

(Carbon County Workshop)