Funding Resources
Local and Regional Funding Resources for Lackawanna County

This resource list highlights all of the local and regional opportunities for artists and organizations to obtain funding. If you need technical assistance and would like to discuss how your idea or project may fit any of these programs. Please contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, Contact Me , or 570-963-6590 x102 to set up an appointment.

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship
Provides funding for individual artists of all disciplines within the fine arts to “purse their art” and reach the next level of their professional career.

Award Amount: $15,000
Due Date: December 15
Awards: May

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA)

Mission is to tell the story of the Lackawanna Valley, preserve its natural and cultural resources and educate the public about the region’s history and heritage.

Projects involving the arts must have this mission as their focus. Please review their website for information about various funding programs.

Award Amounts: Various (range $500-$50,000)
Due Dates and Awards: Various (click on funding link)

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

The Foundation serves the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. Its goals are to strengthen, develop and support regional artists and organizations.

Award Amounts: Various
Due Dates and Awards: Various

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)

The state arts agency for Pennsylvania offering a variety of funding for organizations and individuals.

Please review the links for information regarding each grant and its deadline.

Partners in the Arts (PPA) with Scranton Area Foundation up to $3,000

Artist Fellowships: $5,000
Local Government: Will Match Funds

Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC)

Focuses on public programs that involved humanities experts, discussions and fresh ways of learing about the humanities. Examples of humanities fields are history, literature, philosophy, the history and criticism of the arts, comparative religion, languages and linguistics, cultural anthropology and archaeology.
Award Amounts: Quick grants up to $500. Small Grants up to $3,000. Large up to $20,000.

Due Dates: Quick and Small 12 weeks before project. Large Letter of Intent due in July
Awards: Usually notified within Large Grants announced in January

Note: The PCA and the PHC partner on the Arts Commentary Fellowship for individuals writing about the arts. The Arts Commentary Fellowship is a $5,000 Fellowship for a nonfiction work which educates the broad general public about the contemporary arts. Applications are available on both the PCA under fellowships and the PHC under Arts Comentary.

Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour (PennPat)

Offers opportunities for professional Pennsylvania-based performing artists to obtain successful touring engagements.They offer grants to presenters and artists as well as workshops and marketing support. For information on grants for presenting organizations or how to become a PennPat rostered artist please visit their website.

Award Amounts: Various
Due Dates and Awards: Various

The Overlook Estate Foundation, Inc.

The Overlook Estate Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the natural world.

Award: Generally $3,000 or less. Occassionally fund more depending on project.
Due Date: October 1
Awards: January

The Willary Foundation

Local Family Foundation that looks for innovative, creative and interesting community projects. Particular interests are leadership and the development of leadership in business, the economy, education, human services, government, the arts, media and research.

Amount: up to $25,000
Due Dates:March 10 and August 27
Awards: Summer and Winter

Youth Ventures

This is program sponsored by Ashoka to address social and community needs. Any young person 12-20 may apply to create a sustainable project in their community. This program is administered locally by Net Impact NEPA is a local chapter at Marywood University of Net Impact, a global business leadership organization promoting business as a way to improve the world. Applications are reviewed on local level.

Amount: up to $1,000
Due Date: March
Awards: upon review of project

For more information contact: Brian Petula [email protected]

Additional Local Resources and Opportunities
Non-Profit Community Assistance Center (NCAC)

A non-profit affiliate of NEPA Alliance offers a range of support to local non-profits in northeastern, PA including grant research, application assistance and other issues concerning non-profits.

Arts in Education (AIE) Partnership with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Regional Artists may become rostered to conduct residencies in area schools and community centers. Contact Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit for information about applying to be a rostered artist or to have an artist-in-residence at your school or organization.

Partner Information
N.E.I.U. #19 Intermediate Unit 19
Serving: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike (NW), Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming (E) counties
Contact: Dr. Catherine Richmond-Cullen, Director of Arts in Education Partnership
Intermediate Unit 19
1200 Line Street
Archbald, PA 18403
Voice: 570-876-9335
Fax: 570-876-8667