City gets stimulus grant for “creative sector”

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From the Mayor’s Office…

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, in partnership with the Department of Commerce announces a new grant program to support job creation in Philadelphia’s creative sector. Grants will be available to nonprofit and for profit creative businesses for facility projects linked to job creation such as renovated office space, mixed-use facilities, artist workspace and creative industry incubators. The total funding allocated for the program is $500,000, funded from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

This grant program is a part of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s larger strategy to nurture and develop this sector by providing specific programs and resources to the creative economy. Serving a fast developing business sector and significant economic engine, this grant program also intersects with the Commerce Department’s business services, neighborhood development, business attraction and job creation efforts.

The City expects to make approximately ten grants in the range of $20,000 -$100,000. The grants will support the development of facility projects linked to job creation; including permanent jobs, as well as temporary construction, installation, architectural and engineering jobs.

Applicants must demonstrate that their project can start within three months from the award date. The project must also meet federal CDBG eligibility; i.e. located in a low/mod income neighborhood, serving a low/mod income customer or creating low/mod income jobs. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, community development corporations, for-profit creative businesses, microenterprises, and other businesses with projects that meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the RFP.

Interested parties should attend the public meeting scheduled for November 23, 2009 from 3pm to 5pm in the Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202.

To apply and view the RFP please visit https://ework.phila.gov/econtractphilly/.
Applications are due December 18, 2009.