Grants of up to $2,000 and in-kind support to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs in eligible counties to assist the growth of creative businesses. Applicants are required to meet with a consultant prior to submitting an application. Eligible applicants must participate in creative fields such as marketing, architecture, visual arts, crafts, design, film and media, digital games, music, entertainment, publishing, or a similar creative field. In addition to the grant, participants will receive small business consulting. Applicants must be based in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, or Washington counties.
This program will advance the PCA’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion by prioritizing investment in socially or economically disadvantaged creative entrepreneurs and those who are located in, and whose work benefits low-income communities. Fifty-one percent of the funds available for distribution in this program will be reserved for Black, Indigenous, or persons of color (BIPOC), or economically disadvantaged creative entrepreneurs and those who are located in and whose work benefits low-income communities.Operate in one or more of the following creative industries:
Marketing – Advertising and marketing agencies and professionalsArchitecture – Architecture firms and architectsVisual Arts & Crafts – Galleries, artists, artisans, and makersDesign – Product, interior, graphic, and fashion design firms and designersFilm & Media – Film, video, animation, television, and radio businessesDigital Games – Companies, programmers, and individuals producing gamesMusic & Entertainment – Producers, venues, musicians, and performersPublishing – Print or electronic businesses and content creators, editors, and writersEligible Use of Funds:Funds must support business formation or development. Eligible uses of grant funds include:Professional fees for workshops, consultants, and career coaching Participation in events, trade shows, and festivals that could support audience and revenue generation Fees for relevant courses or seminars on business development Development or upgrades to technology related to business practices Marketing and promotionStudio, rehearsal, or retail space rentals Reasonable fees for supporting or collaborating with artists Research and development Purchase of supplies and equipment