PRESS RELEASE: Small Grant Receives Mighty Boost to Support Philadelphia Artists!

April 24, 2012


PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia artists will soon have an opportunity to apply for micro-grants of $200 to $1,000 that could help them complete, continue or begin an artistic project.  Thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, local artists could utilize these small grants to gain artistic momentum and share more of their work within the community.

Many grants are highly competitive and geared toward larger organizations, providing fewer small grant funding options for individual artists.  Many independent artists rely on funding from their jobs or savings to support their artistic endeavors.  This often leaves artists without adequate funding to move their creative projects forward.

The Small-But-Mighty Arts Grant will launch with a $60,000, two-year grant from Knight Foundation to provide small grant funds to independent artists.  The Knight Foundation grant, part of its Knight Arts Challenge, will also assist with operational costs needed to manage, promote and expand the small grant program.

“The fact that some Philadelphia artists have decided not to pursue creative projects or professional goals due to lack of funding is a creative loss for the community,” says Erica Hawthorne, founder of the Small-But-Mighty Arts Grant program.  “If $50 to $1,000 is all that stands in the way of an artist advancing their career or putting their work into the community, then this grant is more than necessary.”

“So much of a city’s cultural excitement comes from the group up – from the lesser- known emerging artists working to establish themselves.  For them, a small bit of funding, in the amounts this program will offer, can ultimately pay big dividends,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation, whose Knight Arts Challenge aims to engage and enrich Philadelphia through the arts.

About the Small-But-Mighty-Arts Grant:
The Small-But-Mighty-Arts Grant was created to serve as a catalyst for artists to further their creative work and help them gain artistic momentum.  With micro-funding, artists may be more prepared to advance their creative careers and share more of their work within community.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.   The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge is a $9 million initiative funding innovative projects that engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.  For more, visit

Erica Hawthorne, Small But Mighty Arts Grant Founder, click here to contact
Andrew Sherry, VP for communications, Knight Foundation, 305-908-2677