The 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant is a means to aid in the recovery of Philadelphia’s arts and culture community from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant is a total of $1.5M to be distributed to Philadelphia’s individual artists, small and mid-size nonprofit arts organizations, and small creative enterprises. The grant seeks to financially uplift Philadelphia’s creative sector and support disadvantaged communities, particularly Philadelphia’s Black and Brown communities, that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant also seeks to support Philadelphia’s most underserved communities.

Created by Philadelphia City Council, the funds for the 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant came from the City’s General Fund and will be distributed by OACCE with support from the Arts and Culture Task Force to provide relief to the arts community quickly and efficiently.

Individual Artists

Individual artists with a total annual income of $54,000 or less can apply for a grant of $1,000 - $2,000. Individual artists who claim dependents are also eligible based on the following table:

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This will be a competitive grant with more eligible applicants than the $1.5M Illuminate the Arts Grant will be able to support. Applicants can submit only one application to the 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant but are encouraged to apply for support through other funding available from local, state, and national levels. A list of other resources is available here.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Reside and operate in Philadelphia county
  • Provide evidence of their creative practice prior to January 1, 2021 (documents, photos, links to websites)
  • Provide completed and signed W-9. A blank W-9 for completion can be obtained online.
  • Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes, or be on an approved payment plan, or can prove they are in the process of getting on a payment plan. The Philadelphia Department of Revenue is offering flexible payment plans due to COVID-19.
  • Provide proof of total earned income and estimated earned income from their creative practice for calendar years 2020 and 2021
  • Provide proof of dependents with 1040 Income Tax Form if applicable
  • Provide year of birth, basic contact information, and demographic information.

Review and Distribution

  • Funding will be distributed to grantees via ACH direct bank deposits.

Prohibited Use of Grant Funds

  • Funds may not be used for the purchase of new real estate property.
  • Funds may not be provided to governmental entities on local, state, or federal levels.
  • Funds may not be used by organizations that received support from the City’s FY22 General Operating Budget. (Does not include support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund)

If you have any questions about applying for the 2022 Illuminate the Arts Grant or are unable to complete the online form, please email creativephl@gmail.com or call 215-760-6105. View Frequently Asked Questions here.

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