Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures is a multi-year grant program supporting the recovery of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) cultural groups, artists, and organizations with exceptional significance to people in Greater Philadelphia. The program aims to create new opportunities for BIPOC artists, creatives, and culture-bearers and recognize their important and enduring contributions to Philadelphia and its residents.
Donor Name: William Penn Foundation
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/14/2022
Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures is the regional component of the Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative, and was made possible through the collaborative effort of five regional funders: The Barra Foundation, Neubauer Family Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, William Penn Foundation, and Wyncote Foundation. In total, $10 million in grants will be awarded through the initiative as part of local philanthropy’s commitment to supporting a racially, economically, and socially just COVID-19 recovery.
In recognition of the historic racial inequity in funding opportunities and the unequal distribution of resources among BIPOC communities compounded by COVID-19, the Ford Foundation and area philanthropy are committed to a transparent, generous, and trusting grant process.
Organizations eligible for “Philadelphia Cultural Treasures” general operating support meet the following criteria:
- Organizations that are a 501(c)3
- Are majority BIPOC-led
- Actively engage and serve BIPOC artists and audiences within the City of Philadelphia
- Are arts and/or culture organizations located in the City of Philadelphia
- Have been in operation for at least 5 years
- Organizations that develop the work and practice of adult artists and culture-bearers (organizations with a primary mission to educate or train young people (K-12) are not eligible)
Organizations must provide clear descriptions of:
- The ways they regularly contribute rich, meaningful arts and cultural experiences to people of color
- Their work as it continues and evolves arts and cultural traditions important to people of color—whether such traditions are generations old or relatively new
- Their continued impact and influence within their community
For more information, visit Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures.