United Way of Clarion Co. announces funding opportunities

From staff reports

The United Way of Clarion County has announced the availability of grant funding for small arts organizations in the region.

Melissa Fulton, executive director of the agency, said people can apply for the Entry to Program Stream, which is a new general operating support grant opportunity for small arts organizations and non-arts organizations or units of government with a history of at least one year of providing consistent arts programming or arts services in Pennsylvania and average annual revenue less than $200,000.

The application period also is open for Program Stream, an existing funding opportunity.

The money granted through the program may be used for operations, programs or projects.

“Entry to Program Stream is designed to be a pathway to attaining long-term general operating support,” Fulton said. “Grantees will typically remain in the program for one to three years before being recommended for Program Stream,” she said.

Grant amounts for Entry to Program Stream are estimated to be a maximum of $2,000, while Program Stream grant amounts are estimated to be a maximum of $3,000, Fulton said.

“Art plays a significant role in our communities by contributing to economic growth, creating and sustaining cultural identity, and forming a sense of community cohesion,” Fulton said.

“The United Way is honored to be able to play a part in getting these funds to the artists and organizations that are so vital to our region,” she said.

Both Entry to Program Stream and Program Stream are funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the Governor, and administered regionally by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, PCA’s statewide network of re-granting partners.

United Way of Clarion County was selected as the PPA in March for Region 13, which includes Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties.

Additional details on how to apply for the grant money can be found on United Way of Clarion County’s website at uwclarionco.org or by calling (814) 226-8760.

Applications to both Entry to Program Stream and Program Stream are due by Feb. 15.