Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program

Posted on June 14, 2002

[RFP Bulletin]

Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program Invites Applications

Deadline: September 6, 2002 (Letters of intent from renewing organizations); September 27, 2002 (Letters of intent from new applicants)

A program of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program (PCLP) is designed to stimulate leadership and best practices within the cultural community by providing multiyear operating support to organizations that meet high standards of programmatic, fiscal, and management performance. All PCLP grants are for three years, and the use of the funds is unrestricted.

Organizations eligible to apply for PCLP Funds include: Museums of any kind; Visual and media arts organizations; Performing arts and literary organizations; Arts education organizations; Living collections (zoos and arboreta); Community and/or multidisciplinary arts centers; Cultural service organizations; and Private special collections libraries.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must: be classified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have non-private foundation status under Section 509(a); operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties; have a minimum of $150,000 of annual operating revenue as evidenced by the organization’s most recent audit; possess a board-approved strategic plan that extends through the proposed three-year grant period that is in active use by board, staff, and volunteers; be professionally managed with at least one full-time, paid professional staff member; provide programming that is available to the general public; attract a substantial local constituency; and show no working capital deficit in the most recent audited fiscal year.

Complete guidelines for renewing organizations (those currently receiving PCLP funding) and new applicants are available at the Pew Trusts Web site.

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