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Common Questions and Answers

What do we offer?

  • Loans for working capital, equipment purchases, renovations to retail, production, or office space, and building acquisitions
  • Flexible terms
  • Competitive fixed rates
  • Technical Assistance through the Creative Business Accelerator

Who is eligible?

  • Creative businesses include craft manufacturers, arts schools, architecture firms, design and fabrication firms, media companies, and visual and performing arts production agencies
  • The fund will prioritize creative businesses located in low-income communities, those owned by Black, Indigenous, and people of color or serving a diverse market, and those located in small towns and rural communities

How much can you borrow?

  • Loan range from $5,000 up to $250,000
  • The average loan size is $75,000

Where do we work?

  • Bridgeway serves western Pennsylvania from our three offices located in Pittsburgh, Erie, and Uniontown
  • For the Creative Business Loan Fund, we work in the following counties; Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland

“With the PA Council on the Arts’ investment, Bridgeway’s Creative Business Accelerator will channel more flexible and patient capital into the arts and cultural ecosystem to help it maximize a recovery economy,”

T.J. Bogdewic, President and CEO, Bridgeway Capital.

This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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