Small Arts Initiative

Two dancers from Slowdangers perform Memory 4 at the New Hazlett Theater.  They are twirling around a geometric shape on a dramatically-lit stage. New Hazlett Theater Slowdangers perform Memory 4. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

The Small Arts Initiative advances the development of small, professional arts organizations and the artists with whom they work

The Small Arts Initiative recognizes the significant and ongoing contributions that small arts organizations make to the Pittsburgh region. They add depth and texture to the cultural landscape, often serve as laboratories to test our new ideas, and offer important presentation and employment opportunities to local artists.

Applications for Small Arts Initiative grants must be completed online. There are two different applications available for the program, so it is important to select the correct one, depending on whether the applicant is applying as an organization or as a fiscally-sponsored collective of artists.

Both applications are available on our Apply Online page, and the listed deadlines are important to meet, as the online forms will be closed down once the deadline is passed.

Please click HERE for an overview and submission guidelines for the Small Arts Initiative.

Click below to view a PDF of the application questions:
Small Arts Initiative - Organization
Small Arts Initiative - Fiscal Sponsor

The Cultural Data Project
The Endowments requires that the financial and programming information of your last fiscal year be submitted through the Cultural Data Project. We strongly encourage applicants who are using this Web portal for the first time to attend the monthly New User webinar held the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00pm. If you are interested in attending this webinar, please review the Cultural Data Project calendar for specifics. For more general information on the data project, please go to

For more information or questions, please contact Shaunda Miles.