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East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Grants

Grants to Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
for Health, Welfare, and to Improve the Local Quality of Life

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Philadelphia Foundation

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nonprofits to improve welfare, health, and quality of life in eligible areas. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Eligible program areas include aging, children, youth, community building, mental health, and intellectual disabilities.

Priority will be given to applicants doing one or more of the following:
- Serving the south end of East Mt Airy especially between Chew and Germantown Avenues
- Serving more than 25% service to East Mt Airy residents
- Serving people with disabilities
- Delivering projects/ideas that align with “Mt. Airy 2025” goals/strategies

Mt. Airy 2025’s action strategies are organized in six (6) major categories with these vision statements:

- Neighborhood Retail and Commerce: Mt. Airy has vibrant, clean and thriving commercial areas that meet the needs of its residents and attracts/nurtures entrepreneurs.
- Early Childhood Education: Mt. Airy offers accessible, affordable, and high quality early childhood education opportunities that prepare children for succeeding as they enter the school system.
- Senior Living: Mt. Airy is a multi-generational neighborhood with deep social connections that offers a variety of services and housing options for its seniors.
- Community Safety & Placemaking: Mt. Airy is a neighborhood where residents feel comfortable and safe and are actively engaged in neighborhood-wide public safety efforts.
- Homes and Housing: Mt. Airy is a diverse, mixed-income, affordable neighborhood with a wide range of housing types and sizes available for residents of all stages of life.
- Youth Engagement: Mt. Airy has actively engaged youth who come together to advocate for their needs and aspirations for the neighborhood.

For further details on specific focus areas, please see Mt. Airy 2025 in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152547

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Requests may be for one-time projects and community solutions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The EMAN Community Fund considers proposals from 501(c)3 organizations that are located in and/or serve Northwest Philadelphia, specifically the area represented by EMAN (bounded by Stenton Avenue, Washington Lane, Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive).

At least 50% of those impact must live in East Mt. Airy with a minimum of 25% of the project’s target audience living in the East Mt. Airy Neighborhood.

Requests must serve at least of 50% of East Mt Airy’s residents with priority given to ideas that reach 75-100%.

- The organization has been certified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or is collaborating with a nonprofit agency with a 501(c)(3) IRS exemption as a fiscal sponsor.
- The organization is not a private foundation.
- If the organization is a religious institution, it may only apply for nonsectarian activities.
- The organization has board-adopted a nondiscrimination policy including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.

- Operating budget under $4 million
- One year of financial data

Ineligible Expenses:
- General Operating Support
- Grants to individuals
- Sectarian religious activities
- Debt reduction
- Loans
- Fellowships
- Capital campaigns
- Proprietary enterprises
- Political lobbying
- Regranting

Pre-Application Information:

The LOI submission deadline is Fri., March 8, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. After the deadline has passed, you will not be able to upload your LOI submission.

Process and Timing
- Grant opportunity announced Monday February 11, 2019
- LOI deadline Friday, March 8, 2019
- Successful LOIs invited to submit a full proposal, April 5, 2019
- Full proposal deadline May 3, 2019
- Eligible organizations will be contacted by a TPF staff member to schedule a site visit. All site visits will be conducted May 13 through June 7
- Grant announcements made: Friday, September 2019

Applicants can submit up to three ideas, representing their own ideas, and/or involving other community initiatives for which they will act as the fiscal agent.

The EMAN Community Fund strongly encourages collaboration between established and grassroots community groups.

Letter of Interest Information and preview:

Contact Information:

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

Register and submit a letter of interest online:

For questions about grants, call 215-563-6417 or email:

The Philadelphia Foundation
1835 Market Street, Suite 2410
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Northwest Philadelphia, specifically the area represented by EMAN (bounded by Stenton Avenue, Washington Lane, Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive)