370 Philadelphia Cultural Fund (submitted by Michelle Currica)


The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a small but mighty grant-maker, has supported arts and culture non-profits and initiatives in the City of Philadelphia since 1993. A portion of taxes derived from life, work, and play in the City create the allocation by which the Cultural Fund makes its grants. Over twenty-four years of service the Cultural Fund has distributed 4,991 grants totaling $42.8 Million. Through a process we affectionately call, “your tax dollars at work,” arts and culture community members from various disciplines, professions and perspectives come together to discuss and evaluate applicant organizations on peer panels. To further support our sector’s growth and encourage reflection as a tool for strategic advancement, Cultural Fundstaff record panel conversations. The major takeaways (praise, recommendations and concerns) of an applicant’s proposal are then summarized as feedback for the specific applicant. This has provided invaluable insight for applicants and grantees, assisting them in becoming stronger organizations and ambassadors for the City. The Cultural Fund’s submission for the My Philadelphia Story Project is a cassette tape, a symbol of the Fund’s continued mission and commitment to the arts in Philadelphia–supporting and enhancing the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents through promoting arts and culture as engines of social, educational and economic development.