PNC Program Grants, underwritten by the PNC Foundation, provide merit-based grants to organizations in the St. Louis bi-state area providing arts and arts education programs that address community needs. Grant amounts available range from $2,500 to $5,000.

Applications for PNC Program Grants are closed. Notifications will be postmarked April 12.

For information about the application and review process, please refer to the Application Guidelines and Scoring Rubrics.

Key Dates

Information Workshops Application Open Writing Workshops Application Due Panel Review Funding Notification Initial Grant Payment Final Grant Payment
Feb. 7 Feb. 8 Feb. 11-March 1 March 8 at 3:00 p.m. March 20 April 12 75% 60 days prior to the event, at the written request of the organization. Final 25% is paid upon the successful completion of the program and submittal of the proper documentation to A&E no later than July 30, 2019. 

Elements of a Vibrant Community

The Arts and Education Council believes that a region rich with arts and cultural experiences is critical to creating and sustaining vibrant communities. We all have a role to play in fostering a vibrant, connected community for all. By supporting a wide variety of art forms and providing strategic leadership for the arts in the broader community, A&E creates an environment where the growing impact and ripple effect of the arts is felt and celebrated by the entire community. The Elements of a Vibrant Community provide a focus for A&E’s community investments and strategic program initiatives for the next five years.

A&E's Elements of a Vibrant Community

Elements of a Vibrant Community Goals

  1. Build Creativity and Innovation. Leverage the power of arts and culture to attract and sustain talent, visitors and businesses to the region.
  2. Energize Communities and Forge Connections (Deepen Roots in the Region). To deepen feelings of engagement and connection of residents to neighborhoods by widening participation in local arts experiences.
  3. Inspire Kids and Engage Minds. To promote the development of 21st century skills by ensuring that all children in the region, particularly those in underserved school districts, have access to multiple arts opportunities.
  4. Build Bridges Between Cultures. To promote cross cultural understanding by increasing the availability and accessibility of arts experiences that include and represent all races and ethnicities.
  5. Enrich Lives - Play and Joy. To deepen feelings of joy and connection to the community by widening participation in arts experiences.

PNC Program Grants FAQs

Who can apply for a PNC Program Grant?

Any organization or entity that has a nonprofit status 501(c)(3) in the state of Missouri or Illinois for one-year or more is eligible to apply. Organizations must remain a 501(c)(3) for the duration of the grant period or the grant will be forfeited.

Programs must take place in the St. Louis bi-state area (Missouri Counties: Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, St. Louis City and County, St. Charles, Warren and Washington. Illinois Counties: Bond, Calhous, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair).

When does the program have to take place?

All programming must take place between June 30, 2019 and June  30, 2020.

Does the PNC Program Grant cover the purchase of equipment?

No. Grants are only made for programming and must be arts/arts education specific.

Can an organization apply for multiple PNC Program Grants?

Only one grant per organization can be approved per year. Applications for multiple programs may be submitted, but only one can potentially receive a grant.

How are PNC Program Grants awarded?

Grants are determined by a volunteer committee of the Arts and Education Council.

When are the grant notifications sent?

Applicants will be notified on April 12, 2019.

Does my program have to be new?

No, PNC Program Grants are open to existing as well as new programs.

Can I fax, mail or hand-deliver my proposal?

All proposals must be submitted online through the WizeHive link. The deadline for final submission is posted on the application page. Submissions that are late, faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered will not accepted.

What are the most important keys to success for a PNC Program Grant application?

Adhere to the guidelines and criteria and be as specific as possible about who, what, when, where and why. Also, check the budget to be sure the numbers are accurate and added correctly. Schedule plenty of time to write your proposal, do not wait until the last minute.

There are no guarantees in this highly competitive grant program.

For questions regarding A&E's PNC Program Grants, please contact Matthew Kerns, manager of grants and programs.

View current PNC Program Grant Recipients