Grants for the Arts Available Through Pocono Arts Council, Sen. Blake Shares

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2014 – Grant money is available for Northeast Pennsylvania residents who are artists and who teach their craft to students or who represent an arts-related and community-based non-profit organization, state Sen. John Blake said today.

Applications for the grants, which are through the Pocono Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, must be submitted by June 20.

“Artists add substantially to the quality of life in Northeast Pennsylvania and we would have less vitality and beauty in our community without them,” state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe) said. “I am pleased to share the news from the Pocono Arts Council about the grants that will be awarded to applicants living and working throughout NEPA.”

The “Project Stream” grants are for art projects in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties and will be decided through a local-decision making process.

The maximum grant award will be $2,500 and slightly less than $39,000 is available.

Sen. Blake said applications may be submitted online beginning today.

Artists and arts organizations that would like help in writing their grant applications can participate in workshops at the following locations on the specified day:

May 8 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lackawanna County Arts & Culture, The Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton.

May 21 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hazleton Integration Project, Hazleton One Community Center, 225 E. 4th St., Hazleton.

May 23 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., ARTSPACE Gallery – Pocono Arts Council, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg.

May 29 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale.

May 30 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.

RSVP to register for any of the free classes with Tassy Gilbert, Pocono Arts Council’s Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program coordinator, at or 570-476-4460.