Creative Impact Awards

The Creative Impact Awards Inspire Children, Energize Neighborhoods, and Create Community in York County by funding arts-based projects/programs that impact our region one of two key ways: Contributing to a thriving local economy, and creating a
more connected community.

There are two categories of Awards:

Community Grants


Organizations and Individuals applying for Creative Impact Awards must have their main location in York County and should demonstrate a commitment to programs of local impact.  Grantees may be professional, semi-professional, or amateur, and must be NON-PROFIT in nature. Individual artists age 18 and older are eligible.   All grants are awarded based on a review by the Creative Impact Awards Committee.

The Creative Impact Awards Community Grants are intended to fund arts-based projects/programs that impact our region one of two key ways: contributing to the thriving local economy, and creating a more connected community.

Grant Schedule

  • Attend our Creative Impact Award info and grant writing lunch and learn session on December 1st at 11:30am-If you missed out on the session, click  here for the presentation.
  • Applications due first Monday in January
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decision by the end of February
  • Grants awarded in early March

See the guidelines for more detailed information.

Download the 2017 Grant Guidelines

Click here to download the 2017 application.

Download the 2017 Grant Budget

View 2016 Recipients

Focus Investment Grants

One or two large awards, perhaps multi-year, will be granted to projects that are collaborative and address one of these FOCUS areas:

  • Contributing to downtown York, PA liveliness/economic development through the arts
  • Arts education for children throughout York County, PA


  • Must be approached collaboratively. These collaborations should create continuity of the project being funded
  • Must impact a wide/broad range of people within the community
  • Must be available and/or open to the public
  • Must not fund operational costs or existing programs
  • Must not exceed 50% of total expense
  • Must demonstrate funding for remainder of expense, at least 50% of which must be cash


  • Should impact downtown York
  • Should involve children and education
  • Should consider children at risk
  • Should have a longer-term impact on the community
  • Should consider use of existing facilities throughout the community


Grantees must complete and return their Final Report by Dec 31st of the grant year.

Download the 2016 final report here.