Berks County Arts Fund - Rural Arts Grant Program

The Berks County Arts Fund was created by Berks County Community Foundation to encourage local residents to support the arts in Berks County through their donations. In 2014 the Community Foundation’s board of directors allocated $50,000 a year for five years to support arts programming in outlying areas of Berks County where residents do not have ready access to the offerings provided by the established arts community.

Grants from the fund will support programs by established arts organizations that will bring the arts to these rural communities. Programs may include performances, exhibits, interactive activities or other creative ideas that bring art “out of the establishment” and to the residents of our community.

Preference will be given to programs that occur in areas where residents report being less likely to have attended an arts and culture event in the past year. The areas noted below fell into that category in the latest Vital Signs report:

Washington Township
Alsace Township
Greenwich Township
Robeson Township
Hamburg Area -entire school district geography
Tulpehocken Area – entire school district geography

Applications are due August 15. Decisions will be announced by the end of October.

In order to apply for any grant, you must first click the Sign Up button in the top right corner to create an account. If you already established an account, click Sign In to proceed with applying for a grant.

Note that demographic and quality of life data about Berks County is available at Berks Vital Signs. You may find that data useful in this or other grant applications that you complete.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Program/Project Name
  2. Describe the purpose of your program/project in one sentence.
  3. Will this program or project take place in rural/outlying area/s of Berks County?
  4. Where in Berks County will your program/project take place?
  5. Why did you select this site for the program/project?
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