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The Philadelphia Foundation (PF)

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey nonprofit organizations in eligible communities to support general operations benefiting underserved residents. Funding is intended to support organizations that offer direct services to disadvantaged and low-income populations. Eligible organizations serve vulnerable and underprivileged residents in the Greater Philadelphia area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey). Funds may be used for all mission-related activities, including contributions to capital campaigns and endowments.

Priority given to:

  • Those able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income.
  • Those with operating budgets under $5 million.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167582

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range between $15,000 and $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Operating budget less than $10 million
- 501c3 status
- Three years of financial data (e.g. audits, IRS Forms 990, etc.)
- One Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff Person
- Current PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations Certificate
- Executive summary of current strategic plan or logic model if operating less than three years
- In compliance with the Philadelphia Foundation’s non-discrimination policy
- Not an ineligible organization (see:

Special requirements:
- No deficit of more than 10% for the past year.
- Operating Budget above $100,000.
- Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth.

Strongly preferred:
- Written, board-approved policies regarding whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, and document retention and destruction.
- Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months.
- Limited familial relationships among board and staff members.

Organizations cannot apply to both the Fund for Children Strategic Investment in Youth program and PF’s regular discretionary grantmaking within the same calendar year. Organizations receiving discretionary grants are still eligible for YOUTHadelphia grants.

Pre-Application Information:


- To be considered for a grant in April 2021, apply by Feb. 12.
- To be considered for a grant in June 2021, apply by April 16.
- To be considered for a grant in November 2021, apply by Sept. 10.

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Burlington and Camden counties;   Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties

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