Arts | Equity | Reimagined: Capacity Building Assistance

Arts | Equity | Reimagined

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Next deadline: Nov 6, 2020 1:00pm PST

Later deadlines: Dec 4, 2020 1:00pm PST

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $25,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Artist, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Bedford County, Blair County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Bedford County, Blair County Show all

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NOTE: Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis with the deadline being 4pm on the first Friday of each month, beginning September 4, 2020. Approvals and denials will be within 10 business days with payments occurring within the next 10 days. All organizations are encouraged to speak with PACE staff prior to applying.

The Arts | Equity | Reimagined Fund was established in late March 2020 and is in response to the unprecedented and ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s arts and cultural sector.

The funding priorities have been shaped by research and conversations with local arts and culture organizations, and an extended analysis of the critical needs in this region, with a particular eye towards identifying gaps in service to arts organizations that serve people of color, LGBTQIA+, and independent artist populations. By coming together, the participating foundations hope this fund will support new business models, creative collaborations, and artistic approaches that will sustain, strengthen, and better equip the arts sector to reimagine how it functions.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) was chosen to administer and oversee the Capacity Building Grant Program application and grantmaking process. The Capacity Building Grant Program is designed to help organizations and collectives move forward in a changed environment.

Projects must be related to a COVID-19 issue and can be, but are not limited to:

  • Short-term action plans
  • Financial planning, scenario development
  • Targeted marketing or fundraising plans related to the effects of the pandemic
  • Shared services or planning for mergers
  • Re-emerging plans
  • Utilizing technology to adapt to new management operations or modes of program delivery
  • Development/fundraising assistance
  • A range of human resource assistance
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion planning and training
  • Board support
  • Executive coaching

PACE will help review each organization’s situation, assist in finding the right consultant, and assist during the project as needed.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations must have annual budgets of under $2.5 million.
  • Arts organizations, artist-driven projects, and unincorporated arts collectives are eligible to apply. If you are not a 501(c)3, you are able and encouraged to use a fiscal sponsor. 
  • Organizations must be located in one, or more, of the following counties: 
    • Allegheny
    • Armstrong
    • Beaver
    • Bedford
    • Blair
    • Butler
    • Cambria
    • Fayette
    • Greene
    • Indiana
    • Lawrence
    • Somerset
    • Washington
    • Westmoreland


  • Priority will be given to small and mid-sized arts organizations and artist collectives, and those that serve, represent, or reflect diverse communities in their staff and/or leadership. This includes those that may not have had traditional access to the foundation community, have not been able to access current sources of emergency funding, and do not have other supporting infrastructure such as a strong donor base, development staff, and other fundamental organizational supports.

This page was last reviewed October 11, 2020 and last updated October 11, 2020