Pasadena Community Foundation Launches Arts & Culture Grant Program

A performer with pink hair and wearing a pink fur coat stands on a stage surrounded by the audience. Pasadena Playhouse staged “Head Over Heels” last year. It is one of Pasadena’s many arts organizations eligible for PCF’s new grant program.

Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) announces the launch of its Arts & Culture Grant Program, which will provide funding to arts and culture nonprofit organizations that serve patrons from the greater Pasadena area. These organizations are regaining their footing following disruptive and prolonged pandemic closures. They are also learning that audiences have new expectations for theater experiences that require updated technology and facilities for hybrid and multimedia programming. Significant increases in production and operation costs are adding to the organizations’ struggles.

After many conversations and visits with local arts organizations in 2022, PCF recognized that new funding is needed to help rebuild and reimagine local arts and cultural organizations. PCF’s new Arts & Culture grant program will provide tangible support to the arts in this post-pandemic period. Review grant guidelines here.

A History of Support for Arts & Culture Organizations

Arts & Culture is one of PCF’s six areas of impact, and as such, PCF has historically supported arts and culture organizations in various ways. In 2022, seven arts organizations were awarded $170,000 in Capital Grants. In 2021, PCF provided $100,000 in unrestricted pandemic relief grants to 14 local arts organizations and contributed $50,000 to the City of Pasadena’s Art & Culture Relief Grant Program. With the support of its donors, PCF has awarded more than 500 grants to 60 unduplicated arts & cultural organizations since its first arts grant in 1973 — totaling more than $3 million.

PCF Program Director Jeannine Bogaard sees the new grant program as a natural progression of PCF’s longtime support of arts organizations. “We recognize that this moment in time offers an important opportunity to strengthen arts organizations’ capacity, diversity, and audience. We are so happy to formalize our support with a new program dedicated solely to sustaining the vibrancy and longevity of our treasured arts and culture organizations.”

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Graphic shows a photo of a symphony playing with the text "Since its first arts grant in 1973, PCF, along with its generous donors, has awarded more than 500 grants totaling more than $3 million to 60 unduplicated arts & cultural organizations."