The Cultural Alliance of York County is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Grant (CEAP). In partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) and with funding support from the J. William Warehime Foundation, this program provides one-on-one consultation to artists and creative entrepreneurs to create easier access to business tools and funding.
Applicants to the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program work through the process of applying for a grant business at their own pace as they simultaneously plan for the long-term future of their career. Unlike many other grant programs, the CEAP offers a broad network of resources including connections to additional funding sources, peer groups and networking, and when applicable, grant funds. Over 30 applicants have applied to the program so far in 2023, with $22,000 in grant funding being awarded to creatives from January-June.
The recipients of the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Grant in the first half of 2023 are:
- Gretchen Nevin Creative
- Holistic Hearts, Jennifer Rabenstein
- Infinite Reels, Maxel De Jesus
- InJOYYourLife, Sharee McFadden
- Transposes, Natalie Bollinger
- Christopher Williams
- Shane Bahn Photography
- Skid Row Garage, MC Hyser
- Baldwins Gallery, Baldwin Violet
- Amanda Brimfield Photography
- Silo, Austin Gingerich
- The Victrola Dance Hall/Frolic, Randi Sitler
- Zachary Ward
“The Creative Entrepreneur Grant helped get our business open faster, and got musicians on our stage much sooner than we had anticipated. In our first two months of business, we have had over 60 bands play in York (including several international acts), over 1000 patrons attending our events, been recognized by the community and nominated for awards.”, MC Hyser, owner, Skid Row Garage.
Applications for the Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program and open now and are rolling. This program is administered by the Cultural Alliance in York, Adams, Franklin, and Fulton Counties. The process begins with a simple letter of interest (LOI), from which creatives will be matched with an appropriate Navigator who will guide them through the process of receiving educational, business planning and/or financial resources to launch or grow their business.Questions about the program can be directed toward Rita Whitney at Rita@culturalyork.org.
Founded as a United Arts Fund in 1999, the Cultural Alliance’s annual campaign currently supports arts organizations and artists that are essential to arts and culture in our community and Over the past 22 years invested $12 million in cash and $2.5 million in in-kind support for the arts. Through critical operational grants, the Cultural Alliance is the lifeline for arts and culture in York County.