Picasso Project K-12 art grants

Posted by Public Citizens for Children and Youth on September 26, 2016

Do you have an idea for an arts-based project at your school, but need money to make it happen?

Picasso Project grants provide funding of up to $5000 for Philadelphia public schools that are in need of arts resources for their students. We will be accepting applications for 2016-2017 school year projects from September 12th through November 11th, 2016. Read on to find out how you can apply to bring your creative ideas to life!

Who are we?

Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) works to improve the lives and life chances of children in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Picasso Project is an initiative of PCCY that supports innovative arts projects through mini-grants at Philadelphia public schools and advocates for long-term funding increases in arts education for students. Each year, we give grants to approximately 15 schools based on eligibility and interest, and help them to implement projects that encourage student voice through the arts.

Why should you apply?

We believe that the arts are an essential part of public education and can provide great benefits in the lives of young people. The arts engage students in active learning experiences and help them to become better learners. Over the past 14 years we have administered nearly 150 grants of up to $5000 to support projects in music, dance, video, theater, art, poetry, bookmaking, photography, printmaking, quilting, and much more. In addition, the Picasso Project helps schools to develop teams of dedicated teachers who can work together to improve conditions at their school as well as advocate for arts education funding and improved conditions for all public schools in Philadelphia.


Staff at public (Philadelphia School District–managed and charter) schools with no more than 2 full-time arts teachers may apply on their own or in partnership with community based organizations, artists and arts organizations. Your school may have no more than a TOTAL of 2 full-time arts teachers combined if you add together all teachers in art, music, drama, dance and digital media. A school staff member for each proposed project must attend a Grant Support Workshop or Conference Call before applying. If your school has received a Picasso Project Grant for three consecutive years, you must take a year off before re-applying. (e.g. if you received a grant in 2014, 2015 and 2016, you are not eligible to apply for the 2017 grant year, but you may re-apply for 2018.)

How to apply:

This year our application can be filled out online! Visit the “how to apply” page on the Picasso Project section of our website and read through the application guidelines. Attend a Grant Support Workshop (dates and locations are listed on the “how to apply” page). Grant applications are due by November 11th, 2016.


Thank you and best of luck!!!

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