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GSK IMPACT Awards for Greater Philadelphia

Awards to Pennsylvania Nonprofits to Recognize
Efforts to Improve Community Health

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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GSK and The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF)

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Deadline Date:

03/10/21 4:00 PM ET


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Awards of $50,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations to recognize efforts in contributing to community health in eligible counties. Eligible programs address issues related to safety, nutrition, education, employment, housing, physical activity, built environment, and social and family support. Nonprofits must serve residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and/or Philadelphia counties.

The GSK IMPACT Awards program honors up to ten local nonprofit organizations in recognition of their exceptional achievements, overall excellence, and best practices in contributing to a healthier Greater Philadelphia Region. 

The GSK IMPACT Awards recognize and honor exemplary nonprofit organizations with program(s) that are making measurable impact on these community health factors, listed below. 

  • Community Safety– Programs that support: Healthy neighborhoods, safe streets, crime reduction, civil rights advocacy, community centers, etc. that help to build safe neighborhoods that are free from violence.
  • Education– Programs that support: Literacy, life skills, early learning and learning engagement, out-of-school-time, teacher support/development, curriculum quality improvement, coaching/mentorship etc. to help members of the community graduate high-school or go onto post-secondary education.
  • Employment & Income– Programs that support: Job skills, professional training, resume assistance, career counseling, interviewing skills, etc. that help to reduce unemployment and increase earnings.
  • Family & Social Support– Programs that support: Life coaching/mentorship, elderly care and engagement, child care assistance, parenting support, counseling, etc. that help to reduce isolation and increase community engagement and support.
  • Housing & Built Environment– Programs that support: Shelter, safe housing conditions, home assistance, home ownership, transit systems, parks and green spaces, etc. that help to build healthy, connected neighborhoods.
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity– Programs that support: Healthy eating, exercise, sports, outdoor activity, etc. to help members of the community achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

IMPACT is an acronym that represents the guiding principles and criteria for this awards program. GSK seeks organizations that demonstrate that they are:

  • Innovative – continually improving with vision, creativity, and leadership in solving pressing community health challenges
  • Measured – capturing quantitative and qualitative data to inform the design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the program(s) and can demonstrate measurable outcomes
  • Partnered – engaging in meaningful collaboration within and across sectors
  • Accountable – maintaining good governance, including sound financials, strategic and diverse leadership, strong management and stable operations
  • Community-centered – being inclusive, responsive, and adaptive to the changing needs and circumstances of the community
  • Transformative – acting as a component of the larger community health plan that is influencing systemic reform and interventions and are being replicated and/or taken to scale

In addition to the above criteria, applicants will also be assessed on their commitment to racial equity as demonstrated by the organization’s mission and leadership.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143423

Number of Grants:

Up to 10

Estimated Size of Grant:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To support a more diverse group of nonprofits, this year organizations with smaller gross revenues will be eligible to apply. The minimum annual gross revenue for 501(c)(3) nonprofits has been lowered to $100,000 (the maximum remains $5,000,000).

The following is the basic eligibility organizations must meet in order to apply for a GSK IMPACT Award:

- Organization must have a 501(c)(3) IRS letter of determination verifying status as an independent nonprofit organization.
- Organization must operate in at least one of the following Pennsylvania Counties: – Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and/or Philadelphia.
- Organization’s annual gross revenue must be at least $100,000 for the previous and current fiscal year (GSK funding cannot exceed 25 percent of annual total operating expenses) and cannot exceed $5 million for the previous and current fiscal year. Note: Gross revenue should not reflect in-kind donations.
- Organization must address at least one of the following categories that affect health: Community Safety, Education, Employment, Family & Social Support, Housing & Built Environment, and/or Nutrition and Physical Activity.
- Organization must meet IMPACT criteria: Innovative, Measured, Partnered, Accountable, Community-centered, and Transformative.
- Organization must not be a GSK customer or affiliate of customer organizations/institutions, including academic medical centers, foundations of customer organizations, clinics, home health or visiting nurse agencies, medical treatment centers, hospices, hospitals, payers, wholesalers and retailers. Note: If your organization is engaged in the delivery of healthcare, or facilitating access to healthcare, then your organization is likely not eligible.
- Organization must not designate more than 25 percent of annual total operating expenses for patient advocacy.
- Organization must not be a GSK charitable grantee for the 2021 calendar year.
- Organization cannot receive a GSK IMPACT Award and another charitable grant from GSK in the same calendar year. Note: This does not apply to charitable grants from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Matching Gifts program.
- Organization must not have won a GSK IMPACT Award in 2019 and 2020 (other prior GSK IMPACT Award winners may re-apply only if there has been substantial positive change and/or significant development in their programs and the organization can meet the above criteria).
- Organization cannot employ any healthcare professionals as listed at the end of the overview on the application link.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of three (3) information calls to learn more about the IMPACT Awards program.

Tuesday, February 23, 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, March 8, noon to 12:30 p.m

To join a session, please dial 857-207-4197. When prompted, enter the passcode 42016020#.

Pre-Application Information:

Registration Deadline: March 10, 2021. Application Deadline: April 16, 2021.

This is a two-step process:

- Step 1 – Registration: Organizations must first register online using Triangle Community Foundation’s portal. GSK will approve or decline your organization’s registration.
- Step 2 – Application: If your organization’s registration is approved, you will be sent an email with information to access the portal again to complete the application for a GSK IMPACT Award

The following is a timeline for the 2021 program:

- Registration Period: February 18 to March 10
- Application Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021
- Finalists Selected: Spring
- Finalist Site Visits Conducted: Summer
- Winners Selected: Early Fall
- Public Announcement of Winners: November 2021

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Philadelphia Foundation
1835 Market Street, Suite 2410
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968
Phone: 215-563-6417

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USA: Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and/or Philadelphia counties

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